Game recaps, plus the latest on Jakub Voracek, Torey Krug, Dylan Larkin, Michal Rozsival and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL game recaps.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/TWINCITIES.COM: Anton Khudobin made 34 saves while Cam Fowler, Rickard Rakell, Mike Santorelli and Hampus Lindholm scored as the Anaheim Ducks won their first game of the season by downing the Minnesota Wild 4-1. It was the Wild’s second-straight loss after starting the season with three consecutive wins.
NJ.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Lee Stempniak’s overtime goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to their first win of the season as they edged the New York Rangers 2-1. Adam Henrique also tallied for the Devils, while the Rangers suffered their third straight loss after starting the season 3-0-0.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/THE DENVER POST: The Los Angeles Kings picked up their second straight win by nipping the Colorado Avalanche 2-1. Tyler Toffoli and Marian Gaborik were the goalscorers for the Kings. Matt Duchene tallied the lone goal for the Avs.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers star Jakub Voracek is off to a slow start offensively, but it’s nothing to worry about, Flyers fans. It’s only a matter of time until he starts finding his range.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some players just need a little more time to get going during a long NHL season. Jarome Iginla, who’s closing in on 600 career NHL goals, is a prime example. Voracek will start racking up the points soon.
BOSTON HERALD: Moved to the second defense pairing by injuries to the Bruins blueline, Torey Krug is thriving in his enhanced role.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the thin Bruins defense corps. They needed somebody to step up and Krug’s been anxious to prove he’s more than just a power-play specialist.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Rookie Dylan Larkin is shining brightly early in the season for the Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Skating on the first line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, Larkin hasn’t looked out of place with those veterans. While there’s still a long way to go in this season, Larkin could become a Calder trophy candidate if he maintains his solid play.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (fractured left ankle) is making strides in his recovery, taking part in Saturday’s morning skate with his teammates.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Injuries are piling up for the Sharks, with Logan Couture, Paul Martin, Melker Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi and Ben Smith currently sidelined.
NBC SPORTS: Despite speculation that some NHL teams (particularly the Columbus Blue Jackets) might change coaches, currently no one is calling former NHL bench boss John Tortorella.