Games recaps, Rangers and Islanders prepare for Yankee Stadium game, and the latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Matt Duchene, Alex Stalock and more.

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his second goal against the Sabres with goalie Braden Holtby

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his second goal against the Sabres with goalie Braden Holtby

WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green each scored twice, with Green tallying his second in overtime, as the Washington Capitals edged the Buffalo Sabres 5-4. Ovechkin also moved into second all-time for points in franchise history. Cody Hodgson scored twice for the Sabres.

STLTODAY.COM: Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 shutout of the New Jersey Devils.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Zach Parise had a goal and two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves as the Minnesota Wild doubled up the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Thomas Greiss kicked out 30 shots and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-0 win over the slumping Los Angeles Kings.

BOSTON GLOBE: Former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas got a rude welcome in his return to Boston to face his former team, as he and his Florida Panthers teammates were shelled 6-2 by the Bruins. Milan Lucic scored twice for the Bruins.

PHILLY.COM: Scott Hartnell scored twice and Steve Mason made 33 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the injury-ravaged Detroit Red Wings 5-0.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is still getting lots of assists but has only scored once in his last 18 games.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers are dismissive of the New Jersey Devils complaints about the ice at Yankee Stadium as they gear up for their game there tonight against the New York Islanders. On Sunday the Rangers beat the Devils 7-3 at Yankee Stadium.

NEW YORK POST: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has returned from his sixth concussion.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock recovered from career-threatening nerve surgery over two years ago to recently break Evgeni Nabokov’s club record for the longest shutout streak (178.55).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the link. This is a remarkable story of perseverance.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars have discussed staging an outdoor game at AT&T Stadium but for that to happen there must be increased interest in the Stars locally and nationally.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That also explains why there hasn’t yet been an NHL outdoor game in Colorado or Minnesota. If the Stars were the powerhouse they were a decade ago, the league would be more accommodating.

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