Lightning lose to Bruins and lose Steven Stamkos to a broken leg, highlights of Monday Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, plus updates on Claude Giroux, Johan Franzen, Craig Leopold, Keith Ballard and more.
BOSTON HERALD/TAMPA TRIBUNE: Tuukka Rask made 28 saves as the Boston Bruins blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0, but the Bruins victory was overshadowed by Lightning star Steven Stamkos suffering a broken right tibia. Stamkos will undergo surgery today in Boston and is sidelined indefinitely. The Lightning also lost blueliners Sami Salo (lower body) and Keith Aulie (upper body) to injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A potentially fatal blow for the Lightning, as Stamkos could be sidelined four-to-six months. While Team Canada management claims they’ll keep Stamkos on their roster, it’s doubtful he’ll be ready in time for the Sochi Olympics.
TSN.CA: Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan thanked their families and former teammates during their induction last night into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Former Flyers coach Fred Shero and Canadian women’s hockey pioneer Geraldine Heaney were also inducted into the Hall.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside compiles a list of those he believes are worthy of induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m still baffled why Rogie Vachon and Butch Goring haven’t been inducted. The Hall continues to be slow to induct European stars like Alexander Yakushev, Boris Mikhailov and Anders Hedberg.
PHILLY.COM: Having finally scored his first goal of the season, Flyers captain Claude Giroux hopes to get rolling during an upcoming road trip.
DETROIT NEWS: Johan Franzen has returned to the Red Wings lineup, while struggling Daniel Cleary could be scratched.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman
Craig Jordan Leopold requires surgery to repair a tendon on his right index finger and could be sidelined up to two months.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard is out indefinitely with an upper body injury unrelated to the concussion he suffered last month.
ANAHEIM DUCKS: yesterday announced the signing of center Dave Steckel to a one-year contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.