Game recaps plus the latest on Ken Hitchcock, Kevin Klein, Bruce Boudreau, and more.
Note: Game involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Boston Bruins got a rare shootout win on goals from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand to edge the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos received a 10-minute misconduct in overtime for tossing his broken stick into the stands, making him ineligible to participate in the shootout.
STLTODAY.COM: T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Blues bench boss Ken Hitchcock became the fourth coach in NHL history to reach 700 wins.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Brad Richards scored the game-winning goal to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The goal also marked Richards’ 900th career NHL point.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Antti Niemi made 35 saves while Tomas Hertl and Tommy Wingels scored to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-0 victory over the struggling Nashville Predators. It was Niemi’s fifth shutout of the season and the Sharks fourth win in their last five games.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Alex Goligoski, Patrick Eaves and Cody Eakins enjoyed two-point performances as the Dallas Stars kept their slim playoff hopes alive by downing the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sergei Bobrovsky made 41 saves to backstop the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 upset of the slumping Detroit Red Wings.
THE DENVER POST: Jarome Iginla’s shootout goal keeps the Colorado Avalanche’s playoff hopes alive as they edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins’ win moves them to within two points of the Washington Capitals for the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference whilst maintaining a six-point lead over the Florida Panthers and a seven-point lead over the Ottawa Senators. The Sharks now move to within three points of the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. The Avalanche are six points out of contention and the Stars seven points out.
NEW YORK POST: New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will be sidelined three-to-four weeks with a arm injury suffered when he blocked a shot by Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin in a recent game.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Injuries are mounting for the Lightning. “Braydon Coburn will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower body injury, forward Ondrej Palat is out 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury and forward Cedric Paquette will miss 10-14 days with an upper body injury.”
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t pleased with his club’s recent performance, especially a sloppy 6-3 loss to the Calgary Flames.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: A rare piece of good news for Sabres fans, as the club won’t be wearing their much-reviled “turdburger” third jerseys after this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most third jerseys are gawd-awful creations which are little more than a crappy attempt to generate extra revenue from the fans. I despise the idea of “third jerseys” and I’m grateful we don’t usually see this sort of thing from the Original Six teams…except for the Bruins and their butt-ugly panda jerseys. And the Canadiens’ one-off centennial throwback barber-pole monstrosities. May they never see the light of day again!