Game recaps, changes coming for goalie equipment & more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines.

Notable NHL Game Recaps.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrates his OT goal against the Hurricanes.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrates his OT goal against the Hurricanes.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Alex Ovechkin’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, clinching a playoff berth and giving Capitals goalie Braden Holtby his franchise-record 42nd win of the season.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: In his 1,200th career NHL game, Vincent Lecavalier picked up an assist as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2. The victory also gives the Kings a four-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division.

NBC SPORTS:  Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson enjoyed a three-point performance leading his club to a 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild. He also became the first defenseman in Senators history to score multiple overtime goals in a season.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Joonas Donski’s power-play goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Sharks Goaltender James Reimer made 21 saves on his 28th birthday for the win.

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers’ 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings narrowed the latter’s lead over the Flyers in the playoff race to a single point. Michael Raffl scored twice for the Flyers.

For more scores and recaps head to NHL.com.

 

NHL Headlines.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The NHL has suspended Blue Jackets defensema Dalton Prout one game for his sucker punch on Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov.

SI.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is slated to begin his service in the Finnish army on April 18, though that can be postponed to a later date if the Penguins make the playoffs. Finnish men between the ages of 18 and 28 must complete at least six months of military service.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (upper-body injury) will likely miss the remainder of the club’s current four-game road trip.

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin declined to comment on a report claiming Habs head coach Michel Therrien would return next season, other than to suggest not believing any reports we read.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the past several weeks, I’ve suggested Therrien and his staff could return next season. If they do, Bergevin will likely cite the rash of injuries to key players, especially goalie Carey Price, as justification. .

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Starting in 2016-17, NHL goaltenders will be required to wear more streamlined equipment (particularly the goalie pants and upper-body equipment) or face suspension. Some of the league’s top goaltenders, including Washington’s Braden Holtby and New Jersey’s Cory Schneider, pushed for this change.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:Given the advances in goalie equipment, it is possible to make gear that suitably protects the netminder from injury without giving him an unfair advantage when facing shooters. Skill, not equipment size, should make the difference.