Game recaps, NHL stars of the week, Sabres to honor Dominik Hasek and the latest on Jason Spezza, Olli Maatta, Simon Gagne and more.
PHILLY.COM/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Flyers scored four goals on their first 13 shots, driving Evgeni Nabokov from the net on route to a 7-3 shellacking of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lost defenseman Victor Hedman and center Tyler Johnson to lower-body injuries. The pair are unlikely to play in tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin’s second-period power-play goal gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
NOTE: All games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
NBC SPORTS: St. Louis’ David Backes, Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov and Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau are the NHL stars of the week for the week ending Jan. 11.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jason Spezza reflects on how far he’s come since joining the Dallas Stars in a trade last summer from Ottawa. Spezza faces his former team tonight for the first time when the Senators visit the Stars.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Tonight’s New York Islanders-New York Rangers game has more meaning than those in previous seasons, thanks to the Islanders improvement and the Rangers current hot streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For years the Islanders-Rangers rivalry lacked importance because one or the other – usually the Islanders – was a non-playoff team. This season, the Isles are among the top club’s in the Eastern Conference while the Rangers are surging up the playoff standings. I’d love to see these two clubs square off in the playoffs this season.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (shoulder injury) could miss the remainder of the season.
MLIVE.COM: With starter Jimmy Howard sidelined at least two weeks (perhaps longer) with a groin injury, the Detroit Red Wings will turn to Petr Mrazek.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a great opportunity for Mrazek to prove he’s NHL-ready on a full-time basis.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Red Wings are happy to be part of the Sabres’ tribute to goaltender Dominik Hasek, who enjoyed his best seasons with both clubs during his NHL career. The Sabres will retired Hasek’s number 39 tonight before their game against the Wings.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins winger Simon Gagne won’t be returning for the rest of this season due to personal reasons. Gagne’s father recently passed away and the winger doesn’t believe he can fully focus on the game. This could spell the end of Gagne’s 14-year NHL career.