Game recaps, plus updates on Pascal Dupuis, Pavel Datsyuk, Dmitry Orlov, Sean Burke and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Corey Crawford made 43 saves (including 19 in the second period) to steal a 3-1 victory for his Chicago Blackhawks over the Carolina Hurricanes. The win was Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s 750th career NHL victory. ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews collected his 500th career point with an assist.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anze Kopitar scored a goal and set up two others to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jamie Benn scored twice and set up another as the Dallas Stars edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.” Checking the standings, the Kings remains two points behind the Calgary Flames for third in the Pacific Division, while the Stars move to within four points of the Kings.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will miss the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs to a blood clot in one of his lungs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Dupuis in his recovery. Here’s hoping he can return next season.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk returned to practice but didn’t engage in any contact. His return to game action is unknown.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: If the Bruins miss the playoffs this season, their lack of success in shootouts (3-9) will be a key factor.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers playoff hopes hinge on their final road trip of the season, in which four of the five clubs they’ll face (Tampa, Bay, Montreal, Ottawa and Boston) are in the playoff hunt.
THE WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals are sending defenseman Dmitry Orlov (broken wrist) to their AHL affiliate for a two-week conditioning stint.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes goalie coach Sean Burke has been given permission to explore front-office opportunities with other NHL clubs.
iDNES.cz: Zlin captain and former St. Louis Blues forward Petr Cajanek is retiring at the age of 39. Cajanek played four seasons with the Blues from 2002-03 to 2006-07. He was also part of three World Championships with the Czech Republic (2000, 2001, 2005) and was part of their bronze medal team at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. (Stick tap to Alexander Wirdzek for the link).