Game recaps, the Leafs and Lightning make a trade, and updates on Henrik Lundqvist, Zdeno Chara, Kimmo Timonen, Gordie Howe and more.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Call-up goalie Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves plus two in a shootout to backstop the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Grubauer was returned to the minors following the game.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen each enjoyed three-point nights to lead the Blue Jackets to a 7-1 upset of the St. Louis Blues. It proved a costly win, however, as blueliners Ryan Murray and James Wisniewski left the game with lower-body injuries from blocking shots.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
Leafs and Lightning make minor trade.
SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded minor-league forwards Carter Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once upon a time, Carter was considered among the Leafs promising young players. This move indicates just how far Carter fell in the Leafs depth chart.
Notable NHL News.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist will miss four-to-six weeks with a throat injury stemming from getting hit in the throat by a shot during last Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers could shop for a short-term backup for Cam Talbot, who will step into the starter’s role in Lundqvist’s absence.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is planning for life after his playing days, as he’s received a license to sell real estate in Massachusetts.
PHILLY.COM: Kimmo Timonen skated on his own Friday, the first step in his attempt to return to action this season with the Flyers. Timonen’s been sidelined most of this season by blood clots.
MIAMI HERALD: New Florida Panthers executive Peter Luukko is excited about the club’s future.
CBC.CA: Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull and Brett Hull attended a celebrity dinner in Saskatoon to honor hockey legend Gordie Howe, who made his first appearance at a public function after receiving stem cell treatments following two recent strokes.