Game recaps, plus updates on Pekka Rinne, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jaroslav Halak, Sami Vatanen and more.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Tukka Rask made 30 saves helping the Boston Bruins to a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers, stretching the Bruins winning streak to five games whilst handing the Rangers their second-straight defeat. The Bruins also decided rookie winger David Pastrnak will stay with the club for his 10th NHL game and beyond, using up his first year of his entry-level deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the positive effect Pastrnak’s had on the Bruins since joining the club following the World Juniors, I don’t think they mind burning through the first year of his ELC.
TWINCITIES.COM: Devan Dubnyk enjoyed a solid debut with the Minnesota Wild, backstopping them to a 7-0 beatdown of the Buffalo Sabres. It was the widest margin of victory in Wild history, snapping their six-game losing streak. Jason Pominville collected three assists for the Wild.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Pavel Datsyuk’s goal with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
THE DENVER POST: Nick Holden’s third period power-play goal proved the game winner as the Colorado Avalanche doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Avalanche winger Jarome Iginla moved into a tie with Mike Bossy for 20th on the all-time goalscoring list with his 573rd career goal.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
NHL.COM: New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak and Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the respective substitutes for sidelined goalies Jimmy Howard and Pekka Rinne in the upcoming NHL All-Star Game.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss three-to-five weeks with a sprained knee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While serious, thankfully for the Predators this news wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Rinne’s was hampered by a hip injury over the previous two seasons and he’s played a significant role in the Predators’ rise to prominence this season. Had this been more serious it could’ve been a serious blow to their Stanley Cup aspirations.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen was fined over $3,300 for elbowing Toronto Maple Leafs winger David Booth during a recent game between the two clubs.
NBC SPORTS: A look at the teams which have improved or declined in puck possession since the first 20 games of the season.