Game recaps, plus the latest on Nicklas Backstrom, Mats Zuccarello, Robby Fabbri, Dwight King and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 


Game recaps.

Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”

Lightning star Steven Stamkos (center) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins.

Lightning star Steven Stamkos (center) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE/THE BOSTON GLOBE: Steven Stamkos collected his 500th career NHL point as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins 6-3, handing the latter their third straight loss. Ben Bishop made 27 saves to tie the Bolts’ franchise record for wins by a goalie (83), as the club picked up its first victory in Boston since 2010. Brian Boyle scored twice for the Lightning, while Loui Eriksson tallied two goals and David Krejci collected three points in a losing cause for the Bruins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins poor start has already sparked trade speculation involving some key players. I’ll have more later this morning in my “Rumors” section.

THE BUFFALO NEWS/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Jack Eichel scored his first NHL game-winning goal as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. Matt Moulson collected three points and Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, while Brandon Saad and Scott Hartnell replied for the Blue Jackets, who suffered their third straight loss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the preseason anticipation suggesting the Blue Jackets will be much better with a healthier roster, their poor start is surprising. 

PHILLY.COM/MIAMI HERALD: Brayden Schenn scored the only goal and Michael Neuvirth out-dueled Roberto Luongo as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Florida Panthers 1-0.  Neuvirth got the start for the Flyers as Steve Mason had to attend to a family matter.

Notable NHL headlines.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Niklas Backstrom is making progress in practice drills as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery, signaling his return to the lineup might be closer than anticipated. There’s still no date set for his return.

NEW YORK POST: After recovering from a brain and head injury suffered during last spring’s playoffs, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is cherishing the opportunity to play the sport he loves for a living.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues rookie Robby Fabbri is out indefinitely with a concussion.

ESPN.COM: Los Angeles Kings forward Dwight King will miss the next two months following surgery for a broken foot.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes forward Riley Nash is sidelined 10-14 days with a shoulder injury.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty to second-degree driving while impaired. He was sentenced to “365 days in jail, 60 of which were executed. The judge’s sentence was staggered, per the request of Sydor’s attorney, which means Sydor could avoid spending time in jail.”