Game recaps plus the latest on Kris Letang, Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula, She Weber and more.

Mike Smith makes one of his 29 saves shutting out the Blackhawks.

Mike Smith makes one of his 29 saves shutting out the Blackhawks.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mike Smith made 29 saves while Keith Yandle and Radim Vrbata scored the game’s only goals as the Phoenix Coyotes blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Patrick Marleau scored his 23rd goal of the season and Tommy Wingels scored his second game-winning goal in as many games as the San Jose Sharks edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. The game also marked Todd McLellan’s 435th game as Sharks head coach, which was a franchise record.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Brad Richards scored the winning goal in a shootout as the New York Rangers downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Anton Khudobin made 34 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes thumped the Florida Panthers 5-1.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian-based teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after suffering a stroke. The condition is being treated with blood thinners and isn’t expected to be career-threatening. Letang has had a tiny hole in the wall of his heart since birth, which may have led to the stroke.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Letang in his recovery. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu (broken ankle) was forced to withdraw from participating in the Sochi Olympics.

TBO.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (fractured ankle) was also forced to withdraw from the Sochi Games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Koivu and Filppula were to play for Finland in the men’s hockey tournament. Losing two of their top forwards is a serious blow to their medal hopes.

FOX SPORTS TENNESSEE: John Manasso makes the case for Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber to win the Hart Trophy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He won’t win (that honor will probably go to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby) but Weber has been invaluable in keeping the Predators in the playoff chase.

DETROIT NEWS: The healing Red Wings have won six of their last ten games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve said for weeks if the Wings can get healthier they’ll be a playoff team. If they can stay healthy down the stretch I expect they’ll clinch a playoff berth.

BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres yesterday placed winger Linus Omark on waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move could mean the end of Omark’s NHL career. He failed (twice) to stick with the Oilers and now is a washout with the Sabres.