Game recaps, plus the latest on Paul Stastny, Patrick Marleau, Nick Leddy, Andrei Vasilevskiy and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
(Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”)
PHILLY.COM/THE BOSTON HERALD: Claude Giroux scored twice, including in overtime, as the Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the Boston Bruins 5-2. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci each has two assists for the Bruins, while the loss reflected flaws in the play of promising Bruins David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner.
Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo was ejected from the game for a high hit on Flyers center Sean Couturier, and he could face supplemental discipline for his actions. The Bruins also played without winger Matt Beleskey, who missed the game with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rinaldo has missed 14 games to suspensions dating back to 2011-12. It’s possible he could miss some more time.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER/THE DENVER POST: Cam Ward made 26 saves and Victor Rask scored the game’s only goal as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 in overtime. It was the Hurricanes’ first win in Denver since Feb. 1996. Semyon Varlamov, benched for the Avs last two games, made 18 saves.
Notable NHL headlines.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny was placed on IR as he’ll miss at least five weeks with a broken right foot. However, rookie forward Robby Fabbri (concussion) is skating again and could return to the lineup soon.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Veteran Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is hoping for a bounce-back performance from last season’s 19-goal effort.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy isn’t concerned by his slow start to this season.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who underwent surgery to remove a blood clot near his collarbone in September, could resume practicing with his teammates by next week.