Penguins defeat the Capitals, plus updates on Patrick Kane, Anders Lee, Kyle Clifford, Eric Lindros and more.
Game recap and notable headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Evgeni Malkin collected three assists while Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each scored to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 penalty-filled win over the Washington Capitals. It was the first time the Penguins have beaten the Capitals this season.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane will miss the next 12 weeks due to a fractured left clavicle suffered in a recent game against the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks placed Kane on LTIR, freeing up cap space to perhaps pursue a possible short-term replacement. You can read more about who the ‘Hawks could target in my Rumors section.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: A species of newly-discovered wasp in East Africa has been named after Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems fitting, Rask has a bit of a waspish temper.
NEWSDAY: Rookie forward Anders Lee has become an indispensable part of the New York Islanders roster. He recently scored his 20th goal of the season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings yesterday re-signed forward Kyle Clifford to a five-year, $8 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, good job by the Kings getting an important depth forward like Clifford re-signed to an affordable deal, which breaks down to $1.6 million per season. On the other hand, the term is a bit weird. This has to be the first long-term contract in today’s salary cap era to be worth under $10 million.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward Jack Skille will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was thought Skille, an unrestricted free agent this summer, might be shopped by the trade deadline. Not gonna happen now.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes equipment managers expect a busy time with the trade deadline approaching. Their teams is considered a “seller” this season, meaning several Coyotes roster players could be on the move by March 2.
PHILLY.COM: Former Flyers star Eric Lindros has filed a defamation lawsuit for $250,000 against former NHL referee Paul Stewart and The Huffington Post.
SPORTSNET: The city of Seattle could be getting closer to landing an NHL franchise. City mayor Ed Murray said he’s open to modifying the memo of understanding regarding construction of a new arena to allow for the possibility to accommodate an NHL franchise. Currently the basis of the MOU gives priority to an NBA franchise with the NHL secondary.