Recaps of Monday’s games (excluding Canadian NHL teams), plus the latest on Steven Stamkos, Alexander Ovechkin, Christian Ehrhoff, Jordin Tootoo and more.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Jonas Hiller made 25 saves in his return from injury to backstop the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Ducks took a 3-1 lead on goals by Peter Holland, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, then held on as Derick Brassard scored midway through the third to draw the Blue Jackets to within one.

Matt Duchene was way offside prior to scoring a key goal against the Predators

Matt Duchene (circled) was way offside prior to scoring a key goal against the Predators

DENVER POST/THE TENNESSEAN: The Colorado Avalanche held off the Nashville Predators with a 6-5 win, but all the talk was over a controversial goal scored by a clearly off-side Avalanche forward Matt Duchene early in the second period sparked the club to a four-goal outburst.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL has apologized to the Predators for the blown call. This is a perfect example why the NHL should allow a coach’s challenge during a game to overturn a questionable goal.

PHILLY.COM/NEWSDAY: Claude Grioux scored twice, Matt Read had a three-point game, and Jakub Voracek collected four assists as the Philadelphia Flyers crushed the NY Islanders 7-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That has to be the worst game the Isles have played this season. Their defense was nonexistent, their offense pathetic. 

TAMPA TRIBUNE: The improvement of Steven Stamkos’ overall game has made him an integral part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s leadership group.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stamkos is among the NHL’s elite stars, and I believe the league must do more to spotlight him.

CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley calls upon Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin to answer his critics.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a lot of theories over why Ovechkin’s performance has declined in recent years. It remains to be seen if he can silence his critics, as it appears his best seasons are behind him.

BOSTON HERALD: Tyler Seguin’s two-way performance in a recent game against the Winnipeg Jets earned praise from Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin’s offensive skills are well-documented. It was only a matter of time until he improved his defensive play, making him a more well-rounded player. Taylor Hall was selected ahead of Seguin in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but in my opinion, Seguin’s been the better player so far.

BUFFALO NEWS: In a season where the Buffalo Sabre blueliners are off to a shaky start, Christian Ehrhoff has been the best of the bunch.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo is returning to Nashville and facing his former club, the Predators, for the first time.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi has a disciplinary hearing today regarding his cross-checking Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey in the face in a recent game. Sources say Setoguchi won’t be suspended but will receive a fine. He has no prior history of discipline issues.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to make history in their game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, as a win or an OT loss would tie the record for the best season-opening record.