The rich got richer Sunday when the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired left wing Brenden Morrow and a third-round draft pick from the Dallas Stars for touted defense prospect Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick. The Penguins, winners of 12 straight games, had enough young depth on defense to make a move that positions them to win the East. Brenden Morrow, the Stars' classy captain and a free-agent-to-be, waived his no-trade clause. This is one of those rare deals that should help both sides.
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, out a month because of a back injury, scored the third goal of his career Thursday to take the career lead among NHL goalies. Brodeur, who will be 41 in May, was the last New Jersey player to touch the puck before an attempted pass to the point by Carolina's Jordan Staal slid into his own net, which was empty because of a pending delayed penalty.
Not long ago, the idea of a high school team from Southern California winning a national title would have drawn laughs. But thanks to the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League, the Rancho Santa Margarita Eagles — coached by former NHL forward Craig Johnson — became the USA Hockey national champion Sunday with a 4-3 overtime victory over Regis Jesuit of Aurora, Colo. Eemil and Eetu Selanne, sons of Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, played for the winning side. Several NHL alumni have settled in Southern California and coach youth teams, giving local kids a tremendous boost up the hockey ladder.