Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk scores in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings.
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NHL.com: Mitch Marner collected three assists and Auston Matthews scored his ninth goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2. Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen left the game with a lower-body injury and will be reevaluated on Sunday. Earlier in the day, the Leafs’ organization indefinitely suspended minor-league goalie Garrett Sparks for posting offensive remarks on Facebook.
Alex Galchenyuk’s overtime goal gave the league-leading Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Goaltender Carey Price made 32 saves for the Habs, pushing their record to 16-4-2. The Wings also lost Brendan Smith and Tyler Bertuzzi to injuries and will be evaluated today. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens reported Charles Hudon was sidelined indefinitely with a fractured sternum.
Sidney Crosby’s game-tying goal set the stage for Kris Letang’s shootout winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Mike Cammalleri scored twice for the Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby now has a league-leading 15 goals, putting him on pace for 75. The Penguins captain probably won’t reach that total by season’s end, but he could reach 50 goals for only the second time in his career.
Jaromir Jagr netted his 752nd career NHL goal and Aleksander Barkov scored the winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.
Jaden Schwartz scored twice and David Perron potted the winner in a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Earlier in the day, the Wild revealed defenseman Christian Folin will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained knee.
Jeff Carter’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, who were playing without captain Jonathan Toews for the second straight game. Fortunately, Toews’ upper-body injury isn’t concussion-related.
Ryan Getzlaf tallied a goal and an assists to power the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Goals by Dion Phaneuf and Kyle Turris gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Defenseman Zbynek Michalek is trying to remain positive as his career is winding down in the minors. The Arizona Coyotes demoted Michael earlier this season to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. He’s in the final season of his two-year contract.
YAHOO SPORTS: Former NHL forward Brandon Prust has signed with Germany’s Nurnberg Ice Tigers.