Game recaps, latest on the Kings and Sharks, plus updates on Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Mikkel Boedker and more.
PHILLY.COM: Claude Giroux scored in overtime and Ray Emery made 33 saves backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a fight-filled contest. Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo could face a lengthy suspension (at least six games) for leaving his feet to hit Penguins defenseman Kris Letang from behind, knocking him out of the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rinaldo, who has a suspension history, didn’t help his case by jokingly claiming afterwards that his hit changed the game.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: After blowing a 4-1 lead, the Detroit Red Wings required shootout goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist to down the Minnesota Wild 5-4.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Kane scored his 200th career NHL goal in the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Loui Eriksson scored against his former team as the Boston Bruins downed the Dallas Stars 3-1. Tyler Seguin, the man Eriksson was trade for, was held scoreless.
NOTE: All games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Injuries, Slava Voynov’s suspension and three seasons involving lengthy playoff runs could be taking a toll upon the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, who find themselves outside the Western Conference playoff picture.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Getting their injured players back following the All-Star game and perhaps picking up an affordable defenseman near the trade deadline could help the Kings clinch a playoff berth.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche’s leading scorers this season are 37-year-old Jarome Iginla and 35-year-old Alex Tanguay.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Avs critics doubted the logic in the club bringing these ageing star aboard but this season they’ve performed well.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker had surgery on Sunday to remove his spleen following a game against the Winnipeg Jets. He’s currently listed as week-t0-week and could be sidelined four-to-six weeks.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks players Tommy Wingels and Justin Braun could miss weeks due to upper-body injuries.
SPORTSNET: Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has become a grandfather.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Feeling older yet, Gen Xers?