Game recaps, updates on Zach Parise, Joe Thornton and Jimmy Howard, and the Flyers are fined for violating the CBA.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Sharp scored in overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the resurgent Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks overcame four one-goal deficits for the victory. Erik Cole scored twice and set up another in a losing cause for the Stars.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Francois Beauchemin’s game-tying goal set the stage for Ryan Kesler’s shootout winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Nashville Predators 4-3.
WASHINGTON POST: Andre Burakovsky’s third-period goal gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin also scored and was center of some controversy when he ran over Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo in the first period but wasn’t goal for goalie interference. Luongo left the game at the end of the second period as a precautionary measure.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: After an early first-period gaffe resulting in a Jarome Iginla goal, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard tallied the game winner late in the third to give his club a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal tallied the game winner in a shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the slumping Boston Bruins 2-1.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise admits to the difficulty he and his family are facing as his father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, struggles against stage four lung cancer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My sympathies to the Parise family during this difficult time. Here’s hoping J.P. can rally against this dreaded disease.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (shoulder) has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the next two games.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is enjoying a bounce-back performance this season.
PHILLY.COM: The NHL has fined the Philadelphia Flyers an undisclosed amount for violating the terms of the CBA by traveling on Boxing Day.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The amount is rumored to be anywhere between $10, 000 to $100,000.