Recaps of last night’s NHL games, reaction to Tomas Hertl’s trick shot goal, a call for a change in Capitals management, an high number of players sidelined early this season, more statistical analysis of fighting in hockey and more.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Steven Stamkos netted a hat trick as the Lightning trounced the Florida Panthers 7-2.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Derek Morris and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist as the Phoenix Coyotes doubled up the Detroit Red Wings 4-2.
DENVER POST: J.S. Giguere made 29 saves as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Boston Bruins 2-0. Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog’s decision not to fight with Bruins forward Milan Lucic resulted in the latter spending most of the third period in the penalty box.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avs coach Patrick Roy was pleased by Landeskog’s restraint, but it didn’t sit well with the Bruins, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Don Cherry has something to say about it on Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada telecast.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jakob Silfverberg’s two goals powered the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-0 thrashing of the struggling NY Rangers, who were without Rick Nash, sidelined for at least two games with concussion symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there wasn’t panic in Blueshirt Nation before this game, there could be now. That’s the second time in as many games the Rangers have been badly beaten by a California-based team.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: A late goal by Nathan Gerbe lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Alexander Ovechkin scored his fifth goal of the season in a losing cause for the Caps.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres fans hit the exits early as their club fell 4-1 to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. The sole high point of the game for the Sabres was Thomas Vanek’s through-the-legs goal.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton’s lewd description in a dressing room media scrum of how he’d celebrate a four-goal performance had the hockey world abuzz yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unusual that Thornton would stroke a rooster to celebrate a four-goal performance, but to each his own. Oh, that’s not what he meant? Well, typical Thornton, believing he’s cock of the walk. Seriously, I think Thornton was trying to be a good captain to take some heat off young teammate Tomas Hertl, who’s experiencing some backlash around the league for his trick-shot goal earlier in the week.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Adam Proteau believes the Washington Capitals are overdue for a management change.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan on the surprisingly high number of NHL players sidelined early this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy provides more statistical evidence disputing the opinion that frequent fighters help their teams win.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Former NHL player Kyle Wellwood announced his retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the unimaginative fat jokes about Wellwood, who had some conditioning issues early in his NHL career. He played nine NHL seasons, which is pretty good for a supposed “fat guy”.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian teams will appear in Canadian Corner.