BOSTON - Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik was expected to travel home with the team after being taken off the ice on a stretcher after being pulled down and punched by Boston's Shawn Thornton in the opening period of Saturday's 3-2 loss.
The club said on its Twitter site that he "returned from the hospital and will be travelling with the team back to Pittsburgh."
TAMPA, Fla. - The Winnipeg Jets felt much better after ending their road trip with a victory.
Mark Scheifele scored 1:04 into overtime and the Jets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night.
Scheifele scored from the near post off a nifty pass by Blake Wheeler from the left-wing boards.
"It was a great pass by Wheeler," Scheifele said. "I owe it all to him."
MONTREAL - Max Pacioretty scored his ninth goal in the last nine games and the surging Montreal Canadiens stretched their unbeaten run to nine with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal (18-9-3), which jumped a point ahead of Boston (18-8-2) into first place in the Atlantic Division — although the Bruins have two games in hand. The Canadiens are 8-0-1 in their last nine.
Gregory Campbell scored for Boston, which is 6-2-1 in its past nine.
TAMPA, Fla. - Martin St. Louis helped the undermanned Tampa Bay Lightning stop a lengthy scoring drought.
St. Louis scored two in-close goals, Ben Bishop won his 15th game this season, and the Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Thursday night.
"If you look at most of my goals, I'm not the kind of guy that's going to score from outside the circle," St. Louis said. "It's just not my game. I try to get free and go to the net. That's what I did tonight and the puck came to me."
SUNRISE, Fla. - The latest trade by the rebuilding Panthers is already paying dividends.
Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal Thursday night to help Florida beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2.
Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots and Scottie Upshall had two assists. Olsen also added an assist.
DETROIT - Sean Couturier had two goal and two assists and the Philadelphia Flyers scored four goals in third period to rally for a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Couturier got the winner at 8:28 of the third period by tipping in a shot.
Scott Hartnell and Matt Read had a goal and two assists and Steve Downie and Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist each for Philadelphia. Steve Mason stopped 32 shots.
Philadelphia finished 3 for 3 on the power play.
NEWARK, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils struggled to slow down David Desharnais on Wednesday.
Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period and added a goal in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Devils.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Just two days after surprisingly watching from the bench for a second straight game, No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist agreed to a long-term contract extension with the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Lundqvist, in the final season of a six-year, $41.25 million deal, agreed to a seven-year contract worth $59.5 million. His salary-cap charge will rise from $6.875 million to $8.5 million and make him the NHL's highest-paid goalie.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve with a groin strain that will sideline him for four to five weeks.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ryan Kesler is finding his scoring touch, and that is very good news for the Vancouver Canucks.
Kesler scored a pair of third period goals, leading the Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Kesler has four goals in his last two games. With the game tied at 1 in the third, he scored twice from just outside the Nashville crease.