Game recaps, plus the latest on Dougie Hamilton, Christian Ehrhoff, Darren Helm, Brooks Orpik and more.
Note: Game involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anze Kopitar collected two assists, Marian Gaborik scored his 23rd goal of the season and Jeff Carter his 25th as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 4-2.
STLTODAY.COM: Alexander Steen’s overtime goal lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who also lost defenseman Christian Ehrhoff in the first period after the side of his head struck the boards following a hit from Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Ehrhoff only recently returned from a concussion.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning collected its franchise-tying 46th win of the season by rallying to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan scored unanswered third-period goals as the Bolts overcame a 3-2 deficit after blowing a 2-0 first period lead.
TWINCITIES.COM: Devan Dubnyk was once again the Minnesota Wild’s saviour, kicking out 37 shots on route to a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Scott Hartnell tallied a hat trick to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler was made a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: David Moss and Mark Arcobello each scored twice, with Arcobello tallying in overtime, as the Arizona Coyotes upset the Detroit Red Wings 5-4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning move to within one point of the Montreal Canadiens for first in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers remain five points back of the Ottawa Senators for the final wild-card berth. In the Western Conference, the Kings are tied with the Calgary Flames with 86 points, but the Flames maintain their hold on third in the Pacific Division on the basis of wins.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is sidelined indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Bruins battling for a playoff berth, losing their best defenseman to injury is a serious blow.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Facing retirement at season’s end, Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen is focused on the Stanley Cup.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers coach Craig Berube could pay for his club’s mistakes this season with his job.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flyers GM Ron Hextall inherited Berube when he took over last summer. I daresay Hextall wants to bring in a coach of his choosing this summer.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Darren Helm’s wife gave birth early Monday morning to the couple’s daughter in the backseat of the couple’s Audi on the I-96 as they were rushing to the hospital.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Brooks Orpik’s wife gave birth to their first child the old-fashioned way, in a Washington hospital on Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to both players.