Recaps of Monday’s NHL games, NHL reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings, and the latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeni Malkin and more.

A moment of silence prior to last night's Sharks-Coyotes game in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

A moment of silence prior to last night’s Sharks-Coyotes game in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

BOSTON HERALD: In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Bruins and the NHL, in consultation yesterday with federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies, announced the postponement of last night’s scheduled Ottawa Senators-Boston Bruin game. No word yet when the game will be rescheduled.

TORONTO SUN: The NHL ramped up security in its arenas in the aftermath of yesterday’s bombings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At the start of last night’s NHL games, there was a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the bombings. There’s a hotline for families of victims or suspected victims of the bombings (617-635-4500). If you’re in the Boston area and want to donate blood, contact the Boston Blood Donation Center, 74 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116 (Phone: 800-733-2767). If anyone has any information about the bombings, contact the Boston Police tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS. DON’T USE THESE NUMBERS FOR PRANK CALLS! 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Chicago Blackhawks won their sixth straight game with a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars, handing the latter’s playoff hopes a serious blow.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss drops the Stars to 10th overall, two points between the eighth overall Detroit Red Wings.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks moved closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, handing the latter a likely death blow to their post-season aspirations.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Jason Pominville scored twice as the Minnesota Wild snapped a three-game winless skid with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  RJ Umberger scored the game-tying goal and Nick Foligno the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets skated to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win pulls Columbus even with Detroit, but the Wings hold a game in hand.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators fell to the Vancouver Canucks 5-2, mathematically eliminating the Preds from postseason contention.

PHILLY.COM: Scott Hartnell tallied a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers thumped the Montreal Canadiens 7-3.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils suffered their tenth straight loss, falling 2-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have combined for “49 points and 21 of the team’s 57 goals and leading the charge in a 13-3-1 run up the Eastern Conference standings”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals are getting hot at the right time, making them a difficult first-round opponent in the upcoming playoffs.

TRIBLIVE.COM: A shoulder injury is hampering Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, weakening his usually-lethal shot.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are a banged-up club heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, with several notable players (Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, James Neal) sidelined or playing through injuries.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Johan Franzen has rediscovered his scoring touch at the right time for the Red Wings.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues, and particularly David Perron, are searching for their lost offense. Perron’s last goal came back on March 12. At the end of January, the Blues led the league in scoring, but now sit fourteenth overall.

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