Jonathan Quick sets a record, results from the GMs meeting & more in today’s collection of NHL morning headlines.
NHL Game Recaps.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick reached his 41st career NHL shutout backstopping his club to a 5-0 blanking of the slumping Chicago Blackhawks. Quick now holds the record for most NHL shutouts by an American-born goaltender.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jakob Silfverberg tallied his first NHL hat trick to lead the Anaheim Ducks to 7-1 beatdown of the New Jersey Devils.
EDMONTON SUN: James Neal’s hat trick carried the the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the hapless Edmonton Oilers.
CALGARY SUN: Michael Frolik netted a hat trick to lift the Calgary Flames to a 7-4 thumping of the St. Louis Blues.
WINNIPEG SUN: Marko Dano scored twice and set up another as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NHL.COM: St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck and New Jersey Devils goalie Kevin Kinkaid are your NHL stars of the week.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin blames a nagging lower-body injury for his current offensive slump. In his last eight games, Ovechkin has one goal and three assists.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (neck injury) will miss two more games.
NBC SPORTS: cites a report out of Dallas claiming NHL left wing Brenden Morrow will announce his retirement on Thursday via the Dallas Stars after 16 NHL seasons, most of which were spent with the Stars.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout will have a phone hearing with the league’s department of player safety today regarding his sucker-punch of Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov in a recent game.
CBC SPORTS: The NHL will introduce blue-line cameras in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs to help officials with a coach’s challenge of offside calls. The league will fully evaluate the coach’s challenge rule in June. The league is also still trying to address the issue of notable players being suspended for pulling out of the All-Star Game citing injuries or illness.
NHL.COM: The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Viktor Svedberg to a two-year contract extension. While financial terms weren’t disclosed, Cap Friendly reports it’s a one-way deal worth $750K annually.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed wingers Bryan Rust, Tom Kuhnhackl and Scott Wilson to two-year, one-way deals worth between $625K to $640K.
NJ.COM: A dispute over a New Jersey Devils hat between two men led to a stabbing death in Philadelphia.