Game recaps, updates on Matt Beleskey, Sami Vatanen, Matt Carle, Jakub Kindl and another Bruins executive complains about the club’s play.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators rolled to their sixth straight win with a 5-1 win over the slumping San Jose Sharks. Craig Smith scored twice while Shea Weber and Mike Ribeiro each collected two points.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Joel Ward’s third-period power-play goal was the winner as the Washington Capitals downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in a rough contest which resulted in 64 minutes in penalties.
NEWSDAY: Brock Nelson snapped an 18-game goalless drought as he tallied the winner in the New York Islanders 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jamie Benn scored his first NHL hat trick to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Matt Calvert scored twice to help the Columbus Blue Jackets down the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 5-2.
NJ.COM: Scott Gomez and Jacob Josefson scored shootout goals to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
NOTE: All games played by Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey is out two-to-four weeks with a shoulder injury, while defenseman Sami Vatanen is sidelined four-to-six weeks with a leg injury.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle (abdominal surgery) is on track to return to action sometime in March.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl is currently with the club’s farm team in Grand Rapids on a two-week conditioning stint at his own request. He last suited up for the Wings on Dec. 27.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins president Cam Neely is the latest team executive to voice frustration over his struggling club’s performance this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The executives can grumble but there’s really very little the Bruins can do to improve their lot. They still miss defenseman Johnny Boychuk, dealt to the New York Islanders at the start of the season in a cost-cutting move. They never adequately replaced Jarome Iginla on right wing. Promising youngsters Reilly Smith and Torey Krug have struggled this season. Aging captain Zdeno Chara has clearly lost a step. The Bruins also lack the cap space to significantly bolster their roster during this season. Add it all up and it’s little wonder the Bruins are struggling this season.