Recaps of Thursday’s games, John Scott faces suspension, Patrick Kaleta’s suspension upheld, plus the latest on Pekka Rinne, Henrik Lundqvist and Olli Maatta.
BOSTON HERALD: David Krejci’s goal with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, snapping the Sharks regulation unbeaten streak. Jarome Iginla also scored his first goal as a Bruin.
It’s was a tough loss for the Sharks, having outshot the Bruins 39-17, plus forward Tommy Wingels was forced from the game following a high hit from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who was unpenalized on the play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if the league reviews the hit and if Chara faces supplemental discipline.
TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a weird game-tying goal to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 on an overtime goal by Martin St. Louis. Steven Stamkos scored twice for the Bolts, who were outshot 43-25.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings blew a 4-0 lead but managed to down the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4. Anze Kopitar scored his first regulation goal of the season while Dwight King collected a hat trick.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Niklas Backstrom replaced an injured Josh Harding and backstopped the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, who also lost goaltender Cam Ward to a lower body injury and forward Jeff Skinner to an upper body injury. Ward will miss three-four weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Anton Khubodin also sidelined, the Hurricanes goalie tandem is Justin Peters and call-up Mike Murphy. Yikes!
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers edged the equally hapless NY Rangers 2-1 but forward Max Talbot provided a scare after he was knocked off-balance by Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot and crashed head-first into the boards. Talbot suffered major facial bruises but, fortunately, nothing more serious.
BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres enforcer John Scott has been suspended indefinitely awaiting his hearing with the league over his blindside hit of Bruins winger Loui Eriksson, who’s been sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.
CBS SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld Patrick Kaleta’s ten-game suspension for his blindside head shot on Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been sidelined a minimum of four weeks to an infection in his surgically repaired hip.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough blog for the Predators, forced now to rely on inexperienced backups Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist claims he’s make progress in his recovery from an injury which has nagged him all season but which he refuses to discuss.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed yesterday they won’t be returning promising defenseman Olli Maatta to the minors.