In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Jonathan Quick sets Kings record…Nicklas Lidstrom reaches a games-played milestone…Jordan Staal scores a notable goal in Penguins victory…Jaromir Jagr establishes himself as a leader with Flyers…Blackhawks honor Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick broke a team record for consecutive shutouts, getting his third straight in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars, and breaking the previous team record, which was held by Rogie Vachon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick is fast establishing himself as one of the league’s best goaltenders. A strong performance this season will not only firmly entrench Quick as the Kings starting goalie, but could also raises questions about backup Jonathan Bernier’s future with the team. Not that the Kings are in any hurry to move him, but if Quick is their top guy, Bernier could be used as trade bait later in the season to bolster their depth elsewhere.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom played his 1,500th NHL game on Saturday. It was the only positive note for the Red Wings, who suffered their first loss of the season, a 7-1 blowout to the Washington Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of all Lidstrom’s great achievements in his long career, I doubt he’ll look back on this one with any real fondness, given the game’s lopsided outcome.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Jordan Staal scored his 100th career goal as the Penguins downed the New Jersey Devils 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal may not be an offensive powerhouse like teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but he is a more complete player, and with those two still sidelined by injuries, he remains a very important part of the Penguins lineup. Now you know why the Penguins never shop Staal for that first line winger for Crosby.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports a mellower, mature Jaromir Jagr is establishing himself as a leader with the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve expressed my doubts frequently this past summer over the wisdom of the Flyers taking a chance on Jagr, but so far, I must admit that chance has been paying off. Jagr is too old to be the offensive star he once was, but he’s been a positive part of the Flyers lineup thus far.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks last night unveiled statues of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita at a pre-game ceremony last night outside the United Center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Classy move by the Blackhawks, whose new ownership has done a fine job mending fences with its former stars and bringing them back into the fold.