Game recaps, NHL stars of the week, plus the latest on Jason Garrison, Nick Schultz, Gordie Howe and more. 

Game Recaps.

Blackhawks backup Scott Darling celebrates his win over the Kings.

Blackhawks backup Scott Darling celebrates his club’s win over the Los Angeles Kings.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:  Backup Scott Darling made 32 saves to carry the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: In the latest battle between the NHL’s two worst teams, Andrej Meszaros scores twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”

Notable Headlines.

NHL.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson and Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly were named NHL stars of the week for the week ending March 29, 2015.

CBS SPORTS: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will miss three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury.

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers have nominated defenseman Nick Schultz for the Masterton Trophy.

CSNNE.COM: Despite a tenuous grasp on the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins announced playoff tickets will go on sale this coming Friday.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner and defenseman Ryan Murphy have suffered concussions in their NHL careers, but they don’t intend to follow the example of NFL player Chris Borland and retire early over concerns about concussion injuries.

ESPN.COM: A Virginia Tech study of hockey helmets finds many to be unsafe.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t mean players shouldn’t wear helmets, but it does mean manufacturers have more work to do to improve them. It also means the NHL must do more to ensure the safety of its players. 

ESPN.COM: It’s believed the Las Vegas season-ticket deposit drive has met its goal of 10,000.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Happy 87th birthday to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.