Game recaps, updates on Martin Brodeur, Brayden Schenn and Michal Rozsival, a trade between the Blackhawks and Canucks, and TSN is shut out of covering the World Cup of Hockey.
STLTODAY.COM: Kevin Shattenkirk’s shootout goal lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators. Mike Fisher scored twice and set up another in a losing cause for the Predators. Earlier in the day, goaltending great Martin Brodeur officially announced his retirement and is joining the Blues front office in a role as special advisor to GM Doug Armstrong. NJ.com’s Rich Chere reports Brodeur explained he had received a front-office job offer from the New Jersey Devils, where he play all but one season of his NHL career, but it was away from the actual team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brodeur hasn’t ruled out returning to the Devils one day in a front-office role closer to the team.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Tuukka Rask made 43 saves while Milan Lucic and Reilly Smith enjoyed three-point performances to carry the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the span of one month, the Bruins have gone from 10th in the Eastern Conference and seemingly on the verge of falling completely out of the playoff race to seventh overall, with a comfortable point cushion over the ninth-place Florida Panthers.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Cedric Paquette tallied his first NHL hat trick as the Tampa Bay Lightning crushed the Detroit Red Wings 5-1.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: A five-goal second-period outburst by five different players lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Sean Bergenheim scored the game winner as the Florida Panthers snapped a five-game losing skid with a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Brayden Schenn is tied with teammate Wayne Simmonds with 31 points and is on pace for a career-best 51 points. He’s become an unsung hero in the Flyers recent resurgence.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Veteran Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival is making the most of what could be his final NHL season.
NBC SPORTS: The Chicago Blackhawks have dealt minor-league defenseman Adam Clendening to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Gustav Forsling.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: TSN has reportedly been shut out of covering the 2016 World Cup of Hockey as Rogers Sportsnets won the bidding rights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Rogers 12-year broadcasting deal with the NHL, I assumed they would automatically have the rights to cover the World Cup. Apparently, because it’s a joint venture of the NHL and NHLPA, it was open for bidding.