Check out the game recaps from Saturday’s NHL action.
Note: Game involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Sharp scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks dumped the San Jose Sharks 6-2.
THE TENNESSEAN: A pass through the crease by Nashville’s Viktor Stalberg deflected off Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin to give the Predators a 2-1 win over the Kings. Predators’ winger James Neal missed the game with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
TWINCITIES.COM: Nino Niederreiter and Kyle Brodziak scored 17 seconds apart in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Tuukka Rask made 30 saves backstopping the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins, marking the Bruins fifth straight win. The Penguins were playing without Sidney Crosby, who took the warmup but didn’t play. They also lost Evgeni Malkin during the game to an undisclosed injury.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Goaltender Dan Ellis starred again for the Florida Panthers, collecting a shutout as the Florida Panthers downed the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rookie goalie Mackenzie Skapski collected his first NHL shutout as the New York Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-0.
PHILLY.COM: Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds enjoyed three-point performances in the Philadelphia Flyers 7-2 beatdown of the struggling Detroit Red Wings.
NJ.COM: Mike Cammalleri tallied his 25th goal of the season while Jordin Tootoo collected a Gordie Howe hat trick as the New Jersey Devils downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins are tied with the Washington Capitals but moved ahead of them for the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference on the basis of holding a game in hand over the Capitals. The Panthers remain six points behind the Bruins and Capitals and the Flyers are still ten points back. The Rangers stay in first overall in the Eastern Conference on the basis of two games in had over the Montreal Canadiens. The Wild open a four-point cushion over the Kings, whose loss drops them one point of a playoff berth and the Sharks are four points out.