Game recaps, plus updates on Martin Brodeur, Claude Giroux, Corey Perry, Pavel Datsyuk, Brad Marchand, Jordin Tootoo and more.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Jonathan Quick celebrated his 300th career NHL game by shutting out the Buffalo Sabres 2-0. Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar tallied for the Kings.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Martin Brodeur made 22 saves for the 122nd shutout of his career as the New Jersey Devils blanked the floundering Philadelphia Flyers 3-0. Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who has yet to score this season, called a players-only meeting following the game, ducking the media upon its completion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for that line brawl against the Washington Capitals last week serving as a spark to turn the Flyers season around. They are 1-2 since that donneybrook.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Carl Hagelin scored twice and backup Cam Talbot made 32 saves as the New York Rangers downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2, giving the Rangers their sixth win in their last eight games. It was the fifth straight loss for the Blue Jackets, leaving coach Todd Richards fuming.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve noted before, since the return of Hagelin from injury and the call-up of Chris Kreider, the Rangers have been a better team. It also helps captain Ryan Callahan returned from injury plus Talbot has provided them with reliable backup goaltending. Despite a slow start to this season and the absence of Rick Nash (concussion), the Rangers seem to have turned things around.
BOSTON GLOBE: Brad Marchand finally scored his first goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1. It was the seventh straight loss for the Panthers, resulting in an angry players-only meeting afterwards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers are in serious trouble. Management would love to make a move or two to bolster the lineup but there’s not much available in the trade market right now. I’ll have more on this in my Rumors section later today.
WASHINGTON POST: Marcus Johansson scored the game-tying goal and Nicklas Backstrom netted the winner in a shootout as the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Justin Peters made 21 saves backstopping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders. Radek Dvorak scored the game’s only goal.
NOTE: Game recaps featuring Canadian teams will appear in Canadian Corner.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Corey Perry, the Anaheim Ducks scoring leader, is a key factor in the club’s early success this season.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings winger Jordin Tootoo cleared waivers yesterday but still remains with the club. The Wings have 30 days to send him to their AHL affiliate.