Recaps of Thursday’s games featuring American clubs, plus the latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Josh Harding and more.


The Kings celebrate Mike Richards game-winning goal over the Blues.

The Kings celebrate Mike Richards game-winning goal over the Blues.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Mike Richards late third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, the eighth straight time the Kings have beaten the Blues. Earlier in the day, the Blues announced they were sending little-used goalie Brian Elliott to the minors for a conditioning stint.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/DETROIT NEWS: Antti Niemi made 27 saves as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 for their third straight win. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns scored the game’s only goals.

NEWSDAY/PHILLY.COM: Josh Bailey scored in a shootout to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 victory over the struggling Philadelphia Flyers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win, combined with the NY Rangers loss to the Ottawa Senators, moved the Isles into a tie for eighth overall with the Rangers, though the latter holds a game in hand.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE TENNESSEAN: The Phoenix Coyotes snapped their six-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, exploding for six first period goals on route to a 7-4 beatdown of the Nashville Predators.

MIAMI HERALD/THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Florida Panthers edged the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in a shootout. Earlier in the day, the Panthers learned veteran blueline Ed Jovanovski would undergo season-ending hip surgery.

WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin was recently struck in the chin by a puck during practice, requiring 22 stitches to close the wound. The injury won’t keep him out of the Capitals next game.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has returned to the lineup after missing several weeks for treatments for his MS condition.

NEW YORK RANGERS: yesterday officially announced the signing of RFA forward Mats Zuccarello to a one-year contract.