Sabres down the Hurricanes in first post-Olympic NHL game, plus updates on Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, John Tavares, Marian Gaborik and more.

Christian Ehrhoff celebrates one of his two goals against the Hurricanes.

Christian Ehrhoff celebrates one of his two goals against the Hurricanes.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Christian Ehrhoff scored twice, including the game winner with 44 seconds remaining in regulaion, and Ryan Miller made 36 saves as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin apologized to Russian hockey fans for the poor showing of the Russia’s men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin remains angry over the meltdown of Russia’s men’s hockey team in Sochi.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe Ovechkin and Malkin can be forces for positive change in Russian hockey in the coming years.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: NY Islanders superstar John Tavares won’t require surgery to repair a partially torn MCL in his left knee. Tavares suffered the season-ending injury play for Canada’s men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik (broken collarbone) has yet to be medically cleared to return to action but it appears to be merely a formality.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will continue to keep an eye on veteran forward Marian Hossa, who has a history of nagging injuries.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Vincent Lecavalier is adjusting from being a center to a winger with the Flyers.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak hopes to put his poor showing with Slovakia at the Olympics behind him.

TWINCITIES.COM: Young goalie Darcy Kuemper has helped the Minnesota Wild stave off disaster between the pipes this season.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Raffi Torres is set to return to the San Jose Sharks lineup after missing most of this season to knee surgery.