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Gibson's Ducks shut down Montreal 3-1, take overall NHL lead

John Gibson makes 37 saves, and Anaheim Ducks take down Montreal 3-1 to claim overall NHL lead
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - John Gibson knew his Anaheim Ducks had every right to be exhausted late in their third game in three cities over four nights. The 21-year-old goalie also recognized the high stakes for Anaheim against the Montreal Canadiens.

So Gibson put the weary Ducks on his shoulders for yet another victory — and he even outplayed Carey Price to do it.

New Blue Jacket Clarkson to miss 4-6 weeks with torn muscle

Welcome to the club: Jackets' David Clarkson fits in, will miss 4-6 weeks with torn muscle
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will miss four to six weeks with a torn oblique muscle suffered Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.

The injured-ravaged club has totalled 406 man-games lost to injury with 19 games remaining. Last season's total was 292.

The 30-year-old Clarkson was acquired Feb. 26 from Toronto for injured right wing Nathan Horton. He was scoreless in three games.

ESPN returns to NHL after awarded 2016 World Cup TV rights

ESPN gets new foothold in NHL after awarded US rights to broadcast 2016 World Cup of Hockey
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

Professional pucks will be back on ESPN.

The cable TV giant regained a foothold with the NHL on Wednesday when it was awarded the U.S. rights to broadcast the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association, who are overseeing the eight-team international tournament, jointly announced the decision. ESPN was selected ahead of NBC Sports Group, which is in the midst of a 10-year contract to broadcast NHL regular-season and playoff games through 2020-21.

Maple Leafs earn 3-2 win after both Panthers goalies injured

Holland nets winner for Toronto, which snaps 16-game road skid vs. hobbled Panthers goalies
Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. - It took goalie chaos on the Florida Panthers bench for the Toronto Maple Leafs to earn their first road win in 2015.

Peter Holland scored the go-ahead goal 5:28 into the third period against injured goalie Al Montoya, and the Maple Leafs held on for a 3-2 win that snapped Toronto's franchise-worst 16-game, road-losing streak.

Montoya was injured earlier after relieving starting goalie Roberto Luongo, who got hurt in the first period and didn't come out for the second.

Coyle nets winner in shootout, Wild stop Senators 3-2

Coyle nets shootout winner, Dubnyk tops Hammond as Wild stop Senators' streak with 3-2 win
Adam Czech, The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It took a shootout for the NHL's hottest team to finally crack the league's hottest goalie.

Charlie Coyle scored the winner in a shootout, Matt Dumba had two goals in regulation and the Minnesota Wild beat Andrew Hammond and the Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night to stop Ottawa's five-game winning streak.

Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves and turned away Mike Hoffman in the fifth round of the shootout to secure Minnesota's 15th victory in 20 games.

Hudler scores in OT to give Flames 3-2 win over Flyers

Hudler scores overtime goal, Gaudreau shines in homecoming as Flames beat Flyers 3-2
Dan Gelston, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Johnny Gaudreau used to cheer from the Philly seats as loud as any kid could for his hometown Flyers.

Gaudreau left the Flyers' home ice smiling again — a happy homecoming, only in a Calgary sweater.

Jiri Hudler scored 1:23 into overtime to lift the scuffling Flames to a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Panthers G Luongo leaves after 1st period with injury

Panthers G Luongo knocked out of game vs. Toronto after being struck by puck in 1st period
The Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo was forced out of the game following the first period on Tuesday night after being struck in the head by a shot from Toronto's Leo Komarov.

Luongo was hit on the side of the head by Komarov's wrist shot with 4:03 left in the opening period. He was treated by trainers for several minutes and stayed in the game for the rest of the frame, but was replaced by Al Montoya to start the second period.

Luongo made 16 saves before he came out of the game.

Carrie Underwood becomes a mom, gives birth to a boy

Carrie Underwood tweets baby news after giving birth to a boy
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carrie Underwood is a new mom, and like all proud parents, she's showing him off in a photo.

The multiplatinum country singer gave birth to Isaiah Michael Fisher on Friday, and on Tuesday, she announced it to the world on Twitter. She posted a picture of Isaiah, showing his tiny hand and a bit of his mouth.

He's the first child for Underwood, 31, and her husband, Mike Fisher, who plays for the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators.

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Sharks snap 8-game home skid with 4-0 win over Canadiens

Smith's goal in Sharks debut helps San Jose snap 8-game home skid with 4-0 win over Canadiens
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ben Smith's day started with a morning skate in Chicago and ended with a goal in San Jose.

In between was a trade, a flight halfway across the country and a police escort that got him to the rink less than an hour before his first game with the Sharks.

Smith had a goal and an assist on his whirlwind day to give the struggling Sharks a needed spark as San Jose shut out Montreal for the third straight meeting in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens on Monday night.

Ovechkin scores twice as Capitals blank Maple Leafs 4-0

Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals end three-game losing streak with 4-0 win over Toronto
Harvey Valentine, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin's offensive performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night was impressive.

His celebration after his first goal, however, was not.

Ovechkin scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season and added an assist, Braden Holtby made 32 saves, and the Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0, snapping a three-game losing streak.

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