Game recaps, injury updates, more Masterton Trophy nominees and more. 

Game Recaps.

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his 50th goal of the season.

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his 50th goal of the season.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark for the sixth time in his NHL career and tied the club record for most goals (472) as the Washington Capitals downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Only five other players in NHL history have reached the 50-goal mark six times in their career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The record for most 50-goal NHL seasons is nine, held by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Milan Lucic’s late goal lifted the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. The win widened the Bruins lead over the Panthers to six points whilst maintaining their three-point lead over the Ottawa Senators for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers are still mathematically in the chase, but this loss may have crushed their season.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime, but the Bruins victory over the Panthers officially eliminates the Jackets from the playoff race.

Notable Headlines.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He joins fellow Bolts blueliners Jason Garrison, Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr on the sidelines.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller (hand injury) is done for the season.

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes have nominated captain Shane Doan for the Masterton Trophy.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Defenseman Mike Weber is the Buffalo Sabres’ nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars have nominated Patrick Eaves for the Masterton Trophy.

STLTODAY.COM: Ken Hitchcock would like to return as the Blues head coach next season, but that could depend upon the club’s playoff performance.

NBC SPORTS: The NHL is bringing back draft compensation this summer for hiring away head coaches, general managers or presidents of hockey operations under contract. It’s a third-round pick for an off-season hire, a second rounder for an in-season hire.

SPORTSNET: An arrest warrant has been issued in Sweden for former NHL player Andre Deveaux, who was recently involved in a vicious slashing incident in a second-tier Swedish league game.