Game recaps, the latest on Las Vegas’ effort to attract an NHL franchise plus updates on Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Shattenkirk and more.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Ryan Getzlaf’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Boston Bruins.
THE TENNESSEAN: Pekka Rinne made 28 saves to carry the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anze Kopitar’s late third-period goal helped the Los Angeles Kings edge the New York Islanders 3-2.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal scored a goal and collected two assists while Cam Ward was sharp between the pipes as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Matt Niskanen scored in overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Patrick Marleau scored twice as the San Jose Sharks kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 6-4 win over the slumping Detroit Red Wings.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sam Gagner’s overtime power-play goal gave the Arizona Coyotes a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.” The Capitals move to within one point of the Penguins in the Metropolitan Division. The Kings move ahead of the idle Calgary Flames into third in the Pacific Division by one point, while the Sharks are eight points behind the Kings.
ESPN.COM: Jaromir Jagr sees a bright future for the Florida Panthers and isn’t ruling out returning with them for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr could be a good mentor for the young Panthers forwards.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal/groin surgery) could return to action on Saturday.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The NHL has suspended Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll three games for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon.
TSN: Prospective NHL owner Bill Foley remains confident in his group’s efforts to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s going to happen, folks. There will be an NHL franchise – either an expansion team or a relocated franchise – in Las Vegas probably within the next two-three years. Vegas will get a franchise before Seattle or Quebec City. Count on it.
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports the salary-cap inflator or escalator remains a point of contention among NHL players over increasing escrow rates and the impact the declining Canadian dollar is having upon league revenue. There’s apparently a division between players already under contract for next season and those slated to become free agents. “Neither the NHLPA nor the NHL has the right to unilaterally apply the growth rate, but if the NHLPA proposes a different growth factor, the two sides would both have to sign off on that percentage,” report Strang.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the majority of the players under contract for next season, it’s possible the escalator will be less than the usual five percent. That means the cap could come in below the league’s latest projection of $71.5 million if the Canadian dollar reaches .75 cents.