In today’s collection of NHL headlines, game recaps from a busy Tuesday night, the rookie deadline approaches, the Arizona Coyotes could be moving to a new arena and more.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The good news for the Anaheim Ducks is they finally scored three goals in a game for only the second time this season. The bad news is the Dallas Stars overcame the 3-0 deficit to edge the Ducks 4-3, as Stars captain Jamie Benn set up the first three goals, setting the stage for Antoine Roussel’s game winner late in the third period. The Ducks were playing without captain Ryan Getzlaf, who will miss 4-12 days following an appendectomy later today.
STLTODAY.COM/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Scott Gomez scored the winning goal and Jake Allen made 26 saves as the St. Louis Blues shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning by a scored of 2-0. It’s the second straight game the Lightning failed to score. Earlier in the day, the Blues invited UFA forwards Martin Havlat and Dainius Zubrus to join them on a professional tryout basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Probably not much available for the injury-ravaged Blues on the trade market right now.
SUNSENTINEL.COM/THE DENVER POST: Despite losing leading scorer Jaromir Jagr to a lower-body injury, the Florida Panthers downed the struggling Colorado Avalanche 4-1. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo picked up his 404th career victory, moving past Grant Fuhr for ninth on the all-time list. Panthers coach Gerard Gallant believes Jagr’s injury is a minor one.
BOSTON HERALD/THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: David Krejci scored twice, Jimmy Hayes had a three-point night and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves as the Boston Bruins blanked the Arizona Coyotes 6-0. The Coyotes were playing without centers Martin Hanzal and Antoine Vermette, who were both sidelined by injuries.
THE BUFFALO NEWS/PHILLY.COM: Zemgus Girgensons scored in overtime to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, marking the Sabres’ third win of the season. Brayden Schenn scored twice for the Flyers. Prior to the game, both clubs honored recently retired forward Daniel Briere, who played his best hockey for both clubs during his career.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: NJ.COM: Third-period goals by Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson and Scott Hartnell gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils, marking the Jackets second win of the season. Kyle Palmieri tallied the Devils’ lone goal late in the third.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER/THE DETROIT NEWS: Victor Rask, Ron Hainsey and Eric Staal scored as the Carolina Hurricanes downed a flat Detroit Red Wings club by a score of 3-1. Cam Ward made 25 saves for the win.
Notable NHL Headlines.
ESPN.COM: The Arizona Coyotes could be moving down the road to Scottsdale, Arizona if a new arena is constructed there in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems we can’t go a month without speculation over the Coyotes’ future. It appears their ownership is interested in keeping the club in the local area once the arena lease agreement with the city of Glendale expires. If plans move forward to construct a new arena in either downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale, they’ll likely seek a lease extension until such time as the new venue is completed. Stay tuned, as I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of the Coyotes arena lease saga this year.
NHL.COM: Several players on entry-level contracts are approaching the 10-game threshold that determine if they’ll remain with their NHL teams or be returned to junior or demoted to the minors. One player, Pittsburgh Penguins forward (and former Charlottetown Islander) Daniel Sprong, appears certain to remain with his NHL club. Other notables include Detroit’s Dylan Larkin, Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers and Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if those players are returned to their junior clubs or demoted.
TSN: Court papers revealed at least 31 players returned to action in the same game in which they suffered concussions during the 2010-11 season.
SPORT.SME.SK: Former NHL defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has agreed to play with Slovan Bratislava of the KHL. Visnovsky, however, acknowledged he has back problems and is uncertain how long he’ll be able to play this season.