In this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines: Sidney Crosby’s triumphant return…Patrice Bergeron’s recovery from concussion a model for Crosby…Stars return to win column in win over Oilers…Panthers stage comeback from 3-goal deficit to down the Devils…A “rally balloon” for the Capitals?…Sabres lose Tyler Myers to wrist injury…Devils could have a potential buyer.


Crosby dazzles in return.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Sidney Crosby dazzled in his first game since being sidelined by concussion in January, with a four-point night as the Penguins defeated the NY Islanders 5-0.  Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the shutout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lost in the media attention over Crosby’s return was defenseman Zbynek Michalek also returned to the lineup, a week ahead of schedule.

BOSTON.COM: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron’s efforts to return from a serious concussion served as a model for Crosby.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friends since their junior hockey days, Bergeron kept in touch with Crosby during the latter’s recovery, sending him encouragement and advice.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars snapped their five-game losing skid with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Veteran Stars forward Brenden Morrow also got his 500th career point.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sheldon Souray’s impressive NHL return with the Stars after spending last season banished to the minors by the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Souray had no points in the game, but it had to feel good to beat the team that buried him for a season in the minors.

MIAMI HERALD: For only the second time in franchise history, the Florida Panthers overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game, rallying to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov suffered a 12-stitch cut after a questionable hit from Panthers forward Shawn Mathias.

WASHINGTON TIMES: A red balloon created a stir during the Capitals-Coyotes game last night, being dubbed “the rally balloon” as the Capitals went on to down the Coyotes 4-3.

BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is expected to miss the next four-six weeks with a broken wrist.

NEW YORK POST: The New Jersey Devils could have a buyer in Wendy’s owner Nelson Peltz, as he’s apparently considering a plan to buy the club’s $250 million of debt.