Recaps of Monday’s NHL games, plus the latest on Patrick Marleau, J-S Giguere, Michal Neuvirth, Kris Versteeg and more.
BOSTON HERALD/NEWSOBSERVER.COM: David Krejci broke a 3-3 tie and Backup Anton Khudobin made 29 saves as the Boston Bruins downed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. Zdeno Chara also had a goal and two assists for the Bruins. Eric Stall (1G, 1A) and Alexander Semin (2 assists) had two points each for the Hurricanes, who had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the second, but failed to build upon that rally in the third.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE TENNESSEAN: Keith Yandle’s three points (1 G, 2A) and rookie goalie Chad Anderson’s 21 saves carried the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-0 win over the struggling Nashville Predators. The loss was the Predators third straight on their current seven-game road trip.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Vinny Prospal’s early third period goal snapped a 1-1 tie, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves, as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Dallas Stars 2-1. The loss spoiled the return of recently re-signed Stars forward Jamie Benn, who assisted on his club’s only goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recaps of the Colorado Avalanche-Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks-LA Kings games can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau’s hot start to this season has silenced his critics so far. Marleau scored in each of the Sharks’ first five games, including recently tying a 95-year-old NHL record with four consecutive multi-goal, season-opening games.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: NY Rangers coach John Tortorella is shuffling his lines in hopes of bolstering his club’s offense beyond the first line of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks penalty killers have allowed only 1 goal in 23 short-handed situations thus far, a significant improvement over last season’s woeful penalty kill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though this season is less than two weeks old, the Blackhawks appear to have recovered the championship swagger they’ve been missing since winning the Stanley Cup in 2010.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Kris Versteeg will be rejoining the slumping Florida Panthers after missing the opening five games of the season to injury.
WASHINGTON POST: Michal Neuvirth has established himself early as the Capitals starting goaltender. He’ll start his fourth straight game when the Capitals tangle tonight with the Ottawa Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The struggling Capitals have to go with the hot hand in goal, and Neuvirth has been considerable better than Braden Holtby, who has yet to regain his stellar form from last year’s playoffs.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with an ankle injury and won’t play in tonight’s game against the NY Islanders. His injury isn’t considered serious.
NEWSDAY: The NY Islanders could also miss a defenseman with an ankle injury, as Travis Hamonic is uncertain for tonight’s game against the Penguins.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goaltender J-S Giguere is the last remaining active player to have played for the Hartford Whalers, who relocated in 1997 to Carolina and became the Hurricanes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hard to believe it’s been nearly 16 years since the Whalers played their final game in Hartford. A small but loyal cadre of Whalers fans are still hoping an NHL franchise will one day return to Hartford.