Recaps of Friday’s NHL action, plus updates on Tyler Myers, Valtteri Filppula and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Michal Handzus’s second period goal stood up as the winner as the Blackhawks edged the NY Islanders 3-2. Islanders captain John Tavares was seen on the bench removing a tooth after being struck in the mouth by the puck.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers made Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff’s NHL debut a rough one, doubling up the Penguins 6-3. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov scored 66 seconds apart in the second period to blow the game open for the Panthers.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jeff Carter’s shootout goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Thomas Greiss made 36 saves in his debut with the Phoenix Coyotes for a 2-1 win over the struggling Philadelphia Flyers. It was a costly loss for the Flyers, as Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier have been sidelined at least a week.
BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers continues his struggle to regain his once-promising form.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Have to wonder if the 23-year-old Myers might benefit from a change of scenery. His struggles coincide with those of the team over the past two years. Injuries have also hampered his performance. Myers has five years left on his seven year, $38.5 million contract, which probably ensures he’ll be a Sabre for some time.
TBO.COM: New Lightning center Valtteri Filppula is off to a fast start with his new club, entering tonight’s game against Pittsburgh with three goals, one assists and a plus-minus of +3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Filppula can put behind him the inconsistency which plagued him in Detroit, he’ll become an invaluable member of the Lightning.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Buffalo Sabres Patrick Kaleta faces an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his hit Thursday on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. Kaleta has a prior suspension history and could miss more than five games.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian teams will appear in Canadian Corner.