Games recaps from a busy Saturday night in the NHL.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Jonathan Toews scored in overtime and Corey Crawford made 21 saves to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Lightning in a rematch of this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH/THE DENVER POST: Brandon Dubinsky scored the winning goal to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, snapping their eight-game losing skid. Boone Jenner had two goals for the Jackets, who played without center Ryan Johansen, who remained back in Columbus owing to an illness. Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eyebrows were raised when new Jackets coach John Tortorella benching Johansen in the final six minutes of the Jackets’ previous game. Perhaps the center’s illness was the cause of his struggles in that game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was the worst outing of the season for the lowly Ducks, who’ve scored only six goals in seven games. Stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, usually so reliable offensively, have each been held to one point during this stretch. As the Ducks woes mount, speculation is percolating over the future of Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau.
NEWSDAY/STLTODAY.COM: Mikhail Grabovski’s overtime goal lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over the injury-depleted St. Louis Blues, who announced earlier in the day left wing Jaden Schwartz will miss 12 weeks with a fractured left ankle. Isles backup Thomas Greiss made 38 saves for the win.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/THE TENNESSEAN: Phil Kessel scored in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves for the win. Kessel’s goal was somewhat controversial, as his linemate Evgeni Malkin appeared to trip Predators winger Filip Forsberg, allowing Kessel time and space to score.
PHILLY.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Claude Giroux tallied the shootout winner as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the New York Rangers 3-2. Flyers winger Michael Raffl left the game in the second period after collapsing on the bench following an elbow to the head from Rangers center Jarret Stoll. Fortunately, Raffl later informed his teammates he was okay. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 46 saves in the loss.
MIAMI HERALD/THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jaromir Jagr, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jussi Jokinen all had two-point performances as the Florida Panthers downed the Dallas Stars 6-2. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was lifted after giving up three goals on 11 shots.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Joel Ward scored a hat trick to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, snapping the Sharks’ three-game losing skid. Justin Faulk and Riley Nash scored for the Hurricanes, who are in the middle of a seven-game road trip.
NJ.COM/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Adam Henrique scored twice, including a shorthanded marker, as the New Jersey Devils nipped the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 4-3. It’s the Devils’ fourth straight win of the season. Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark made 24 saves in his NHL debut, while Jack Eichel netted his third goal of the season.