Game recaps, updates on the Sabres and Coyotes, plus the latest on Brad Richards, Steve Mason, Luc Robitaille and the Devils alumni game.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning won their franchise-record 26th home game of the season by edging the Dallas Stars 5-4, spoiling the surprise return of Stars center Tyler Seguin, who scored twice in a losing cause. Lightning forward Ondrej Palat collected a career-high three points.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Patric Hornqvist tallied the only goal while Marc-Andre Fleury collected his league-leading ninth shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the LA Kings 1-0.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Brooks Laich snapped a 26-game scoreless drought as the Washington Capitals thumped the Buffalo Sabres 6-1. New Capital Curtis Glencross scored and assisted on two others, while Alexander Ovechkin returned to the lineup and tallied a power-play goal.
BOSTON HERALD: Brad Marchand scored the game-tying and overtime goals to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice, including the shootout winner, as the Florida Panthers downed the New York Islanders 4-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins and Panthers’ victories means the former maintains a two-point lead and control of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference over the latter. The Flyers overtime point moves them into a tie with Ottawa. Both are five points behind the Bruins, but the Senators hold three games in hand over the Flyers and Panthers.
THE DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes dumping of veterans for draft picks and prospects has increased concerns about the club’s future in Glendale.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres need their young veterans to step up into leadership roles.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Brad Richards will face the New York Rangers for the first time since his contract buyout last June when the Blackhawks face the Rangers today.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers may be doing more harm than good to banged-up starting goalie Steve Mason by rushing him back into action before he’s fully recovered from injury.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Martin Brodeur scored a goal and set up another playing forward for two periods during the New Jersey Devils alumni game. The 1995 Devils’ Stanley Cup team will be honored before today’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings’ great Luc Robitaille was honored by the club with a bronze statue, which will be placed outside the Staples Center.