Game recaps, plus updates on Martin Hanzal, Antoine Roussel, Zach Bogosian, Kimmo Timonen and more.
STLTODAY.COM: Second-period goals by Paul Stastny, David Backes and Alexander Steen keyed the St. Louis Blues to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock got his 693rd career NHL coaching win, putting him in sole possession of fourth overall among NHL coaches.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers squandered a 3-1 lead against the Colorado Avalanche but goals from Carl Hagelin and Rick Nash carried them to a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Nash now has a league-leading 34 goals this season.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: John Gibson made 35 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
TWINCITIES.COM: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk 26-save percentage helped the Minnesota Wild edge the Florida Panthers by a score of 2-1.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes center Martin Hanzal is expected to undergo season-ending back surgery next week.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel received a two-game suspension for cross-checking Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Defenseman Zach Bogosian, recently dealt from the Winnipeg Jets to the Buffalo Sabres, is pleased by the trade. He has ties to the Buffalo area.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: When that Jets-Sabres blockbuster deal went down, some readers speculated Bogosian probably wasn’t happy to be going to Buffalo. Apparently, that’s not the case.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers must clear some cap space to make room for returning defenseman Kimmo Timonen. It could likely come from waiving little-used blueliner Carlo Colaiacovo.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks have demoted rookie Teuvo Teravainen.
NATIONAL POST: Less than 48 hours into its season-ticket drive, Las Vegas is already halfway to its goal of 10,000 deposits.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the NHL playing coy over the prospect of an expansion or relocated franchise going to Las Vegas, I think it’s safe to assume this is going to happen in the near future.