Game recaps plus the latest on Henrik Zetterberg, Ilya Bryzgalov, Scott Darling and more.
THE TENNESSEAN: Mike Santorelli and Filip Forsberg scored shootout goals to lift the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, snapping the Predators two-game losing streak.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild erupted for a franchise-record six goals in the third period to down the fading Dallas Stars 6-2. The Wild have won 13 of their last 17 games to climb back into playoff contention.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: After blowing a 3-0 lead, shootout goals by Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis carried the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice while Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1.
BOSTON HERALD: A four-goal second period lifted the Boston Bruins to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron enjoyed a three-point performance while Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith each had two points.
THE DENVER POST: Nathan MacKinnon became the youngest player in Colorado Avalanche history to score a hat trick, leading his club to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
PHILLY.COM: Thanks to Michael Del Zotto’s late third period goal, the Philadelphia Flyers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. The Flyers are now only four points out of a wild-card berth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I confess I was among those who wrote off the Flyers nearly a month ago. It remains to be seen if they can maintain their current momentum, but they deserve praise for battling back.
NOTE: All game involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE DETROIT NEWS: The status of Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg (head) and Teemu Pulkkinen (leg) remains uncertain. Both will be evaluated today.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks have placed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks starting goalie Frederik Andersen (neck and head injury) is expected to return to the lineup this week.
CSNCHICAGO: The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled goaltender Scott Darling and re-signed him to a two-year contract extension.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Mark Purdy wonders how patient San Jose Sharks owner Hasso Plattner will be with his struggling team, which appears in danger of falling out of playoff contention.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to GJ Berg for this link. The Sharks are supposedly trying to shake up their roster on the fly, though that’s shown very little actual positive change. Speculation persists over the futures of GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan.