Game recaps, Kings recall Mike Richards plus the latest on Jonathan Toews, Kari Lehtonen, Brandon Pirri and Craig Smith.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Derek Stepan snapped a 12-game scoreless streak collecting two goals and an assist as the New York Rangers thumped the Anaheim Ducks 7-2. Keith Yandle had three assists. Corey Perry scored the Ducks’ two goals.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Justin Abdelkader scored in overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. It was Abdelkader’s 20th goal of the season.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: J.T. Brown and Anton Stralman scored within a 15-second span following Steven Stamkos’ second career fight to down the Boston Bruins 5-3. Stamkos dropped the gloves for a short tussle with Bruins pest Brad Marchand.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.” The Rangers move into top spot in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Montreal Canadiens with 99 point but holding two games in hand over the Habs. The Bruins, meanwhile, failed to widen their one-point lead over the surging Ottawa Senators in the race for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings recalled center Mike Richards from their AHL affiliate. The move was made in part due to the absence of injured center Jarret Stoll and the club’s recent slippage in the Western Conference standings.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is one point away from his 500th career NHL points.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The recent strong play of goalie Kari Lehtonen ( 5-1-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage) is fueling the Stars’ late-season playoff run.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers forward Brandon Pirri is thriving of late, having scored 14 goals over the past 19 games.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith was fined $5000.00 for high-sticking Buffalo Sabres forward Jerry D’Amigo.