By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Zach Parise’s 200th career goal puts him and his father J.P. in unique company.
• The Ducks’ 30-year-old rookie, Viktor Fasth, made 25 stops in a 2-1 win over the Sharks, then promptly declared that Anaheim is “an elite team.” Off to the quietest 6-1-1 start ever, the Ducks might be. Don’t miss this sick Johnny Bower save that Fasth made while Anaheim was on a five-on-three power play.
• P.J. Stock says there are big problems in the Montreal room since the return of P.K. Subban. Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette says it ain’t so. I’m guessing Dave is right on this one.
• St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko was named NHL Rookie of the Month for January. Don’t worry, Dougie. Still three more chances to win.
• It felt like a retirement ceremony, but Milan Hejduk isn’t quite done after his 1,000th NHL game. He managed to score in the milestone contest, but the Avs fell, 3-2, to the Stars.
• No Spezza, no problem for the Ottawa Senators! Um, wait. The Sens have scored just once in losses to Carolina and Montreal since their their offensive leader went down last week. Coach Paul MacLean is altering his lines in an effort to find some goals.
• Taylor Hall was denied on an overtime penalty shot, but Edmonton’s loss to Vancouver can be pinned on troubles in the faceoff circle. That’s going to be a tough issue to address with center and captain Shawn Horcoff lost “long term” to a gruesome knuckle injury.
• So that’s what it’s like to have two elite centers! The Hurricanes rode a terrific performance from the Staal brothers to a 4-1 win in Toronto. BTW, that’s the first time the Leafs have been outscored by brothers since the Stastnys scored three for Quebec in an 8-1 win in 1983.
• Jiri Hudler is battling through grief over his father’s death and playing some of the best hockey of his career in Calgary.
• Washington’s power play is “usually one shot and then back doing a breakout in our zone,” according to Troy Brouwer. The team spent Monday working on special teams in an effort to correct the Caps’ 2-6-1 start.
• One hot line hasn’t been enough for a Buffalo team that has lost six of seven. Nate Gerbe, Drew Stafford and Jochen Hecht have yet to score this season.
• The Chicago Blackhawks could get No. 2 center Dave Bolland back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Sharks.
• John Davidson has promised every player in Columbus a clean slate. That’s good news for Steve Mason, who’ll get a little extra understanding from the old goalie.
• Vancouver first-rounder Brendan Gaunce is on a tear with the Belleville Bulls. Gaunce was always viewed as a player with tremendous potential, but draft year inconsistency left scouts wanting more. Nice to see him putting it together.
• And finally this because, man, the thought of Elvis singing “Golden Years”? Mind, blown.