Duncan Keith suspended, stars of March & rookie of the month revealed & more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines, 

The Playoff Chase.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is one win shy of the record for most victories (48) in a season.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is one win shy of tying the record for most victories (48) in a season.

THE WASHINGTON POST:  Goaltender Braden Holtby collected his 47th win of the season and Alex Ovechkin tallied his 45th goal as the Washington Capitals downed the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 for their franchise record 55th victory. Holtby needs only one more victory to tie Martin Brodeur for most wins (48) in an NHL season.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. The Hawks were playing without defenseman Duncan Keith, who received a six-game suspension for swinging his stick into the face of Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle earlier in the week. Jets winger Blake Wheeler had a three-point performance, giving him a career-best 72 points.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  The Anaheim Ducks fell 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks, with former Duck Emerson Etem netting the game winner. The Ducks iced a depleted lineup, as several players (Rickard Rakell, Frederik Andersen, David Perron, Hampus Lindholm) were sidelined by injury or illness.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Goals by Dylan Larkin, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild, keeping the Wings playoff hopes alive.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: David Krejci’s four-point performance helped the Boston Bruins hang on for a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Blues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins remain one point ahead of the Red Wings, who are once again tied with the Philadelphia Flyers (89), who hold the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand. The Blues loss keeps them two points behind the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars, while the Ducks are a point behind the Los Angeles Kings for top spot in the Pacific Division. The Avalanche caught a bit of a break by the Wild losing to the Red Wings, but they remain five points behind them in the race for the final wild-card spot in the West. The Avs have four games remaining, the Wild have three.

Injury Update.

 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (knee injury) is sidelined for at least the remainder of the regular season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he’s also gone for the playoffs, that’s a huge blow to the Islanders defense corps.

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Jordin Tootoo (right wrist injury) will miss the remainder of the season.

NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres announced left wing Evander Kane (upper-body injury) is done for the season.

Notable NHL Headlines.

NHL.COM:  Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns are the NHL stars of the month for March 2016. For the third time this season, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was name the league’s rookie of the month.

NBC SPORTS: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri, Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov and Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal received fines for diving.

CSNPHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Ray Emery. He must now clear waivers before joining the Flyers, as he played part of this season in Europe. He will also be ineligible for the playoffs.

TSN: Rick Westhead reports “Alex Mogilny, Paul Kariya and Rob Niedermayer are among 372 former National Hockey League players linked to workers compensation payouts in California since 2008 for head injuries they suffered during their playing career.”

SPORTSNET:  Las Vegas will open its NHL-ready arena next week.