Game recaps, plus updates on Mike Richards, Johan Franzen, Logan Couture and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL game recaps.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman appears dazed following a hit from Stars captain Jamie Benn.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman appears dazed following a hit from Stars captain Jamie Benn.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Cody Eakin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a rough affair, as Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov was ejected for boarding winger Curtis McKenzie, putting the latter in the hospital with a lower-body injury. The Bolts lost another blueliner, as Victor Hedman left the game with an upper-body injury after a hit by Benn. Nesterov could face supplemental discipline from the league.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM/CSNCHICAGO.COM: T.J. Oshie scored his first goal as a Washington Capital while Braden Holtby made 26 saves (22 in the first 40 minutes) in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Viktor Svedberg tallied the only goal for the Blackhawks, who signed defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year deal.

NEWSDAY/THE TENNESSEAN: John Tavares tallied the game-winning goal as the New York Islanders scored four straight times to overcome a 2-0 deficit and hang on for a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators, snapping the latter’s three-game winning streak. Filip Forsberg and James Neal were among the Predators’ scorers.

TWINCITIES.COM/THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Minnesota Wild remain unbeaten as Thomas Vanek and Zach Parise led them to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, snapping the latter’s three-game winning streak. Promising young Coyotes Anthony Duclair and Max Domi scored in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I must say I’m very impressed with the Coyotes’ young players so far. They’re off to a terrific start and a key reason why this rebuilding club got off to a good start.

MIAMI HERALD/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Jaromir Jagr scored twice as the Florida Panthers edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Both teams got an earlier-than-expected first intermission after a big hit by the Sabres’ Evander Kane on Panthers blueliner Erik Gudbranson caved in one of the endboards, resulting in extra time needed for repairs. No one was hurt on the play.


Notable headlines. 

SPORTSNET:  The salary cap ramifications of the settlement between the Los Angeles Kings and center Mike Richards were revealed. The Kings will be charged $3.12 million for this season, dropping to $1.57 million annually over the next four seasons, and steadily declining after that to the 2031-32 season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only real cap pain the Kings will feel is this season, and even then, they still have over $2 million in cap space. It won’t cause them any real pain in the long term. 

NBC SPORTS:  The Florida Panthers are making progress in their efforts to receive financial assistance from Broward County.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Securing that assistance is key to ensuring the long-term future of the Panthers in the current market. Without that funding, and despite the claims by the team that their situation is stable,  I believe it’s only a matter of time until the Panthers are relocated. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Red Wings forward Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) has been placed in injured reserve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Symptoms from the concussion he suffered last season have returned. While I understand Franzen’s desire to overcome his condition and return to action, it seems that isn’t possible anymore. For the sake of his health, he must end his playing career. 

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks forward Logan Couture suffered what could be a serious injury to his right foot or ankle during practice yesterday. Details are expected today.

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Jordin Tootoo was fined over $2,200.00 for a dangerous trip on Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones during a recent game.