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