In today’s collection of notable NHL headlines, game recaps plus the latest on Ryan Johansen, Jaromir Jagr, Rick Nash, Vincent Lecavalier and much more. 

Game Recaps.

Penguins winger Phil Kessel scores the game winner against the Capitals.

Penguins winger Phil Kessel scores the game winner against the Capitals.

TRIBLIVE.COM/CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Beau Bennett and Phil Kessel scored less than two minutes apart in the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the Capitals only goal, which was the only one of 34 shots Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed in this one. The captains of both teams – the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin – were held off the score sheet.

THE TENNESSEAN/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Calle Jarnkrok broke a 1-1 tie to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Eric Nystrom also scored for the Predators, while Joe Pavelski tallied for the Sharks. The win vaults the Predators into first overall in the Western Conference.

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

Notable NHL Headlines. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: After being sidelined by illness, Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen could make his return to the lineup on Friday against the Washington Capitals.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (groin injury) could return to action this weekend against either Boston or Washington.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers are confident struggling winger Rick Nash will soon break out of his scoring slump. He currently has only one goal after 10 games.

PHILLY.COM: Injuries to several Flyers could finally result in forward Vincent Lecavalier making his season debut. He’s been a healthy scratch for every game thus far.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning have assigned goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to their minor-league affiliate on a two-week conditioning stint. Vasilevskiy is returning from offseason blood-clot surgery.

TWINCITIES.COM: The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format seems to be reducing the number of games ending in a shootout. “Last season, 56 percent of games that went to overtime were decided by shootout. So far, that’s down to 31 percent (8 of 26) this season.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: A profile of the life, career and tragic death of former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen, whose brain has been donated by his family for testing to determine if the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) contributed to his demise