Game recaps, plus updates on Matt Cooke, Ryan Malone, Jimmy Howard and more.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Ryan Getzlaf’s overtime goal capped a 5-4 comeback win by the Anaheim Ducks over the Carolina Hurricanes.
STLTODAY.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz rallied the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild dominated the struggling Chicago Blackhawks, outshooting them 43-24 to blank the ‘Hawks 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Wild learned veteran forward Matt Cooke could require season-ending sports hernia surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild have been a different team since acquiring goalie Devan Dubnyk last month from Arizona. On the verge of falling out of playoff contention before Dubnyk’s arrival, the Wild have won six of their last ten (including four straight) to climb within five points of a wild-card berth.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Troy Brouwer scored twice and Braden Holtby collected his third straight regulation shutout as the Washington Capitals downed the floundering Los Angeles Kings 4-0.
THE DENVER POST: Max Talbot’s shootout goal completed a 3-2 comeback win for the Colorado Avalanche over the Dallas Stars.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Jimmy Hayes scored twice and Al Montoya made 32 saves to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Mike Smith made 30 saves and Keith Yandle assisted on a pair of power-play goals as the Arizona Coyotes downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (groin tear) expects to return to the lineup on Feb. 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers are talking contract with pending UFA defenseman Nick Schultz and could qualify pending RFA blueliner Michael Del Zotto’s rights. The New York Rangers have placed winger Ryan Malone on unconditional waivers with the intent of terminating his contract. Malone has spent most of this season in the minors.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings GM Dean Lombardi is focused on his club’s salary cap issues, grumbling over the effect the fluctuating Canadian dollar could have on next season’s salary-cap levels.