Game recaps, injury updates and more in today’s collection of notable NHL news links. 

The Rangers edged the Capitals 3-2.

The Rangers edged the Capitals 3-2.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Derek Stepan scored the game winner and Antti Raanta made 32 saves to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Valeri Nichushkin netted two points on his 21st birthday as the Dallas Stars skated to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils, who also lost goaltender Cory Schneider to a possible groin injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Schneider could be the death blow for the Devils fading playoff hopes. 

TSN: Defenseman David Savard scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

WINNIPEG SUN:  Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers has been sidelined after suffering cuts around his left eye when his visor broke after being struck by a puck during their overtime loss on Thursday to the New York Islanders.

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC:  Coyotes rookie Max Domi received a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Garbutt.

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie will be in line for a significant raise in the offseason.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko is showing no signs of slowing down entering the final stretch of the regular season.

NBC SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden once again had to deny speculation that ownership meddling is hampering management moves, most recently the club’s inability to swing a deal to ship defenseman Dan Hamhuis to the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline.

CBS SPORTS: Currently suspended from the NHL for an illegal hit to the head of an opponent, Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo was ejected from an AHL game for….an illegal hit to the head of an opponent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rinaldo should look up “recidivism” in the dictionary. 

TSN:  A feature on former NHL enforcer Mike Peluso, who believes his life has been shortened by multiple concussions suffered during his career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Peluso is among a group of former players suing the NHL, claiming the league put profits ahead of player safety.