In this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines, game recaps plus the latest on Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin and more.
NHL Game Recaps
(Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”)
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/THE TENNESSEAN: Chris Stewart and Andrew Cogliano scored their first goals of the season and Frederik Andersen made 40 saves as the Anaheim Ducks snapped a five-game losing streak to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-2. The loss was only the Predators’ second in regulation time this season.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/THE DENVER POST: Two goals by Brent Burns helped the San Jose Sharks edge the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. Patrick Marleau collected two assists, leaving him four points shy of the 1,000-point plateau. Jarome Iginla and Francois Beauchemin tallied power-play goals for the Avalanche, who’ve won only three of their last 11 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If November turns out to be as miserable for the Avs as October, they can forget about reaching the playoffs this season. They’ll be in too deep of a hole to get back into playoff contention between December and April.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE/THE NEWS & OBSERVER: A line shakeup that saw Ondrej Palat skating with Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan paid dividends, as Callahan and Stamkos netted second-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The win ended the Lightning’s four-game winless skid. The Hurricanes received late goals by Kris Versteeg and Jordan Staal.
THE BUFFALO NEWS/NEWSDAY: Sam Reinhart scored his first NHL game-winning goal to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders, who were playing without captain John Tavares (illness) for the second straight game. The Sabres have won three of their last four games and sport a 5-7-0 record.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite losing their starting goalie (Robin Lehner), top defenseman (Zach Bogosian) and one of their scoring wingers (Evander Kane) to recent injuries, the Sabres are staying competitive. A year ago, those losses would’ve been devastating.
Notable NHL Headlines
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is only three goals shy of the NHL record for career goals by a Russian-born player, currently held by Ovechkin’s former teammate Sergei Fedorov.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is downplaying reports out of Buffalo claiming no criminal charges are expected to be filed against him in connection with a sexual assault allegation levied against him three months ago. Kane said he won’t comment on the investigation until it is completed and the district attorney renders a decision.
NEW YORK POST: Henrik Lundqvist’s backup, Antti Raanta, has looked sharp in his two starts thus far. The Rangers hope to give Raanta 25 starts this season.
PHILLY.COM: A powerless power play is among the reasons for the Philadelphia Flyers’ early-season struggles. After finishing third last season, the Flyers are currently 24th overall with the man advantage.