Game recaps plus updates on Nathan MacKinnon, Alexander Ovechkin, Eric Nystrom and more. 

Game recaps.

Patric Hornqvist (72) scores one of his two goals against the Ducks.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (72) scores one of his two goals against the Anaheim Ducks.

TRIBLIVE.COM: A three-goal second period ensured a 5-2 victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Anaheim Ducks. Patric Hornqvist scored twice while Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Blake Comeau enjoyed two-point performances.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild ran their record to 18-3-2 with Devan Dubnyk between the pipes as they downed the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on unanswered third-period goals from Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild are one of the NHL’s hottest teams since mid-January. If they continue this torrid pace down the stretch they could prove a most difficult playoff adversary.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Brandon Dubinsky and Justin Falk both tallied a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets held off the New Jersey Devils 3-2 to snap a seven-game winless skid.

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

Notable headlines.

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is out for the season with a broken foot suffered during a Feb. 22 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thus ends a disappointing NHL sophomore season for MacKinnon, the 2014 NHL rookie of the year. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin (lower-body injury) is questionable for his club’s game today against the Buffalo Sabres.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom will miss the next four weeks with a lower-body injury.

PHILLY.COM: Goalie coach Jeff Reese has abruptly left the Flyers over a spat regarding the use of goaltender Steve Mason.

ESPN.COM: The Florida Panthers are holding tryouts for anyone who wants an opportunity to become a backup practice goalie for one day.

NBC SPORTS: The domestic violence trial of LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has now been moved to April 21.