Game recaps, the latest from the NHL GMs meetings, and updates on Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Shawn Horcoff and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp accounted for all the Blackhawks scoring in their 4-1 rout of the New York Islanders. Toews and Hossa both scored twice while Sharp collected two assists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks are now 7-1-1 since Patrick Kane was sidelined with a broken clavicle. Looks like they’re doing a good job coping with his absence.
TWINCITIES.COM: Matt Dumba’s overtime goal lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, extending the latter’s home-losing streak to five games. Charlie Coyle also scored twice for the Wild, extending their road-winning streak to eight games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild remain red hot down the stretch. Barring a complete collapse, they’re certain to clinch a playoff berth, which is quite the achievement considering they were teetering on the brink of falling completely out of postseason contention two months ago. They will be a tough first-round opponent. As for the Predators, they’ve cooled significantly in recent weeks. At one point they were so dominant they seemed on the verge of running away with the Western Conference lead. They’ve been overtaken by Anaheim and St. Louis and Chicago is now only four points behind them.
NJ.COM: Cory Schneider made 35 saves backstopping the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Anders Lindback made 44 saves and Tyler Ennis tallied the winner in a shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
USATODAY: The NHL general managers have recommended 3 on 3 overtime and a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference. To implement a change in overtime, the recommendation must now go before the NHLPA and the league board of governors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: 3 on 3 overtime should decrease the number of games to be decided via shootout. To ensure the coach’s challenge is not abused, if a challenge is unsuccessful it will cost the coach a time out. The review will be conducted by the referee using a monitor in the timekeeper’s box with advice from the NHL video review board in Toronto. It shouldn’t take as long to reach a decision as it does for a goal review, which requires more study from various camera angles.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist (vascular injury) has been cleared for practice and could be ready for game action by this weekend.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: While hockey experts debate Jonathan Quick’s status as an elite NHL goaltender, he’s focused on getting the Kings into the playoffs.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Veteran center Shawn Horcoff is earning praise for his work with Stars rookies Curtis McKenzie and Brett Richie.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Darren Helm’s return from an oblique strain should provide the Red Wings with a welcome boost.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan profiles Arizona Coyotes’ rookie Tobias Rieder’s path to the NHL.