In today’s collection of notable NHL headlines, recaps of Saturday’s games plus updates on Patrick Kane, Max Domi, Bruce Boudreau and more.
NHL Game Recaps.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES/THE TENNESSEAN: Tyler Toffoli scored twice and Jeff Carter potted the winner in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. It was the Kings’ seventh straight victory. James Neal and Shea Weber scored power-play goals for the Preds.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Antoine Roussel and Vernon Fiddler each had a goal and two assists while Antti Niemi made 26 saves backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over his former club, the San Jose Sharks. The Stars are off to a 9-2-0 record to start the season. Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward netted power-play goals for the Sharks.
BOSTON HERALD/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Goals by Matt Beleskey, Brett Connolly and Brad Marchand carried the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins improved to 5-0-0 on the road. Ben Bishop made 31 saves for the Lightning, whose winless streak stands at four games (0-3-1).
STLTODAY.COM/TWINCITIES.COM: David Backes scored his first two goals of the season, one of them in overtime, to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Blues were playing without superstar Vladimir Tarasenko, who sat out the game nursing a leg injury. Jason Zucker and Erik Haula scored for the Wild.
NJ.COM/NEWSDAY: Bobby Farnham had a goal and an assist while Mike Cammalleri scored the winner in a shootout as the New Jersey Devils edged the New York Islanders 3-2. The Isles were playing without captain John Tavares, who was sidelined by an illness. Anders Lee and Frans Nielsen tallied for the Islanders.
THE WASHINGTON POST/MIAMI HERALD: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers, who have just two goals in their last two games. Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr (lower-body injury) missed both. Jay Beagle also tallied for the Capitals.
Notable NHL Headlines.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sources close to those involved in the rape investigation of Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane claim he’s unlikely to face criminal charges. Doubts have emerged about his accuser’s allegations, which could mean a case will not be presented to a grand jury. Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said he’s waiting for the investigation to be concluded to his satisfaction and to confer with the assigned prosecutor, who is currently on vacation. If no criminal charges are filed, it’s possible Kane’s accuser could file a civil suit against him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The investigation is still ongoing, so we don’t know for certain what the outcome will be. That said, it certainly seems unlikely Kane will face criminal charges. A civil suit, however, could drag on for months, keeping this story in the news for some time.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Despite a vote of confidence from management, Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau is still searching for a way to boost his struggling club’s fortunes
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic isn’t pleased with his club’s poor performance. The club has worsened over the course of head coach Patrick Roy’s tenure, but Sakic said Roy isn’t on the hot seat. He is placing the onus on the players to reverse their fortunes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Sakic wanted to replace his coach, who’s also a friend and former long-time teammate, Roy is too entrenched in the front office to be removed. Under Roy, the Avs are among the league’s worst puck-possession teams. While those stats have improved this season, their defensive game still needs improvement.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes rookie Max Domi is adjusting to life in the NHL with a diabetic-alert dog. Domi, 20, suffers from Type 1 diabetes.
YAHOO SPORTS: After covering over $99 million in losses, the Florida Panthers are negotiating with Broward County seeking tax relief. If the county rejects a deal, it could force the Panthers into bankruptcy and lead to its eventual relocation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue denials from the Panthers and the league in 3…2…1…