Game recaps, plus the latest on James Neal, Jeff Skinner, Martin Erat and more.

Kyle Palmieri celebrates one of his two goals against the Avalanche.

Kyle Palmieri celebrates one of his two goals against the Avalanche.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: A six-goal second period outburst was all the Anaheim Ducks needed to snap their four-game losing skid, downing the Colorado Avalanche 6-4. Kyle Palmieri led the ways for the Ducks with two goals.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Antti Niemi made 35 saves as the San Jose Sharks held off the New York Islanders with a 4-3 victory.

MIAMI HERALD: Third period goals by Brad Boyes and Scottie Upshall lifted the Florida Panthers to a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.

THE TENNESSEAN: Pekka Rinne made 31 saves to backstop the Nashville Predators to their third straight road win in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

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

TRIBLIVE.COM: Injuries continue to plague the Pittsburgh Penguins, as winger James Neal is out indefinitely with a concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins lead the league in man-games lost to injury. It’s amazing they’re still among the NHL’s top teams.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jeff Skinner set a Carolina Hurricanes record with 13 shots on goal in a single game. He set the record in Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes winger Martin Erat will miss at least a week with a head injury.

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-sign forward John Mitchell to a three-year, $5.4 million contract and confirmed the re-signing of goalie Reto Berra to a three-year, $4.35 million deal.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The NHL draft combine could be held in Buffalo.

TAMPA TRIBUNE: Where are the members of the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team today?