Game recaps, plus updates on Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson, Devan Dubnyk, Ryan Murray and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Kane scored twice to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks. It was Kane’s 16th multi-point game of the season, moving him into second place in the NHL scoring race.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita has been diagnosed with dementia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sad news about Mikita, one of the greatest players in Blackhawks history. My thoughts are with the Mikita family at this time.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Simon Despres scored in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Credit Devils goalie Cory Schneider for keeping this a close game, as his club was outshot 43-14.
STLTODAY.COM: Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winning shootout goal for the second straight game to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a big win for the Avs, not just because they knocked off one of this season’s top teams, but also because it moves them within two points of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has emerged from one of his cold streaks, tallying seven points in his last five games. The Sharks are 3-1-1 over that period.
BOSTON HERALD: While Bruins fans lament the trade which brought Loui Eriksson to Boston (giving up Tyler Seguin in return), over the course of this season he’s turned into an effective forward for the Bruins.
TWINCITIES.COM: Devan Dubnyk’s career resurgence is helping the Minnesota Wild turn things around. Prior to Dubnyk’s arrival via trade the Wild were in free fall, but in his six games since joining the club they’ve won four of them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with last season, inconsistent goaltending was killing the Wild. If Dubnyk remains strong between the pipes the rest of the season, the Wild have a good chance to clinch a playoff berth.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray (knee injury) will join the lineup tonight against Tampa Bay. It’s his first game since November 1.
CBS SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman acknowledged jersey ads could appear in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, but insists there are no plans for such ads on NHL jerseys.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give it time. It’s going to happen some day.