Game recaps, former NHL player Steve Montador has passed away, and updates on Jason Spezza, Francois Beauchemin, Keith Ballard and more. 

Game recaps.

Patrick Sharp scores the game winner against the Penguins.

Patrick Sharp scores the game winner against the Penguins.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

STLTODAY.COM: Brian Elliott made 40 saves in regulation and overtime to backstop the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 shootout win over the Florida Panthers.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin enjoyed a four-point performance (two goals, two assists) to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Ben Bishop made 33 saves and Steven Stamkos tallied his 30th goal of the season as the Tampa Bay Lightning downed the San Jose Sharks 5-2.

PHILLY.COM:  Michael Raffl scored the game winner to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Notable headlines.

NATIONAL POST: Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador, 35, was found dead in his Mississauga home on Sunday. Foul play is not suspected and it’s believed his death was due to natural causes. Montador played 571 NHL games with Calgary, Florida, Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo and Chicago until concussion injuries forced him from the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Very sad news. 35 is far too young to die. Montador was part of the Flames memorable run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, scoring an overtime goal against the San Jose Sharks in the Conference Final.  My sincere sympathies to his family and friends. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: With Tyler Seguin sidelined 3-6 weeks with a knee injury, Jason Spezza is ready to step up and fill the role of first-line center for the Stars.

THE DENVER POST: Veteran forward Daniel Briere is prepared for whatever role Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has for him.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Defenseman Francois Beauchemin hopes for a few more seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. Beauchemin is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

TWINCITIES.COM: Defenseman Keith Ballard joined his Minnesota Wild teammates at a practice session for the first time since suffering a head injury two months ago. There’s still no timetable for a possible return to the lineup.

NBC SPORTS: The Nashville Predators have place forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers.