In this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines, recaps of the latest games plus updates on Sidney Crosby, Ryan Johansen, Antti Niemi & more.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
TWINCITIES.COM/CSNCHICAGO.COM: Nino Niederreiter scored the game winner as the Minnesota Wild hung on for a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild are unbeaten at home thus far (5-0-0) and have a 7-2-1 record in their first 10 games. Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Blackhawks, who also lost winger Marian Hossa to a lower-body injury. He’s is listed as day-to-day.
BOSTON HERALD/MIAMI HERALD: Brad Marchand scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as the Boston Bruins downed the Florida Panthers 3-1 to remain unbeaten on the road (4-0-0) this season. Marchand also received a boarding major and a game misconduct for shoving Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov into the boards, breaking the latter’s nose.
THE WASHINGTON POST/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams scored and Braden Holtby made 29 saves as the Washington Capitals nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. Matt Calvert scored late in the third for the Jackets, who got a 26-save performance from goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
THE BUFFALO NEWS/PHILLY.COM: Ryan O’Reilly enjoyed a three-point night, which included setting up Jack Eichel for his fourth of the season, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Undisciplined play proved costly for the Flyers, who took eight minor penalties in the game.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER/THE DENVER POST: Justin Faulk, Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner gave the Carolina Hurricanes their first home win of the season, edging the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. It was a costly win for the Hurricanes, as forward Elias Lindholm left the game with an undisclosed injury. Carl Soderberg scored his first of the season for the struggling Avalanche, who have only three wins on the season.
Notable NHL Headlines
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Despite mounting losses, Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray said he’s not going to make any rash changes. It’s been rumored head coach Bruce Boudreau could lose his job if the club continues to struggle. Murray, however, seemed to lay blame for the Ducks’ poor performance on the shoulders of the players. “We are severely underperforming as a group”, said Murray. “I can’t recall a time where a vast majority of our players have underachieved simultaneously, and I fully expect a turnaround.”
ESPN.COM: As Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby struggles through an uncharacteristic offense slump, he’s encouraged by the fact his club is picking up points. Crosby has five points in his first 10 games, but was held pointless in eight of them.
NBC SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen admitted new head coach John Tortorella did in fact recently tell him that he was out of shape. Johansen said that was something said in the dressing room and expressed dismay over how the story got leaked. “We figured it all out; that’s why I’m back 100 percent today,” Johansen said.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Former Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi is thriving this season with the Dallas Stars. Niemi could be in net this afternoon when the Stars face the Sharks.