TORONTO – Anton Stralman and Andre Deveaux each scored two goals for the Marlies, but the Grand Rapids Griffins hung on in a back-and-forth affair to edge Toronto 5-4 in AHL play Sunday.
CHICAGO – Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Dustin Byfuglien scored in the first period, and Antti Niemi made 22 saves in his first NHL start to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
DALLAS – NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Sunday, their third straight win without captain Sidney Crosby.
NEWARK, N.J. – Martin Brodeur earned his 100th NHL regular-season shutout with a 27-save effort, and the New Jersey Devils extended their lead in the Atlantic Division with a 3-0 victory over the second-place Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
NEW YORK – Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott was suspended indefinitely without pay by the NHL on Sunday pending a hearing for receiving a match penalty in a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
DALLAS – Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby missed his third straight game Sunday because of a groin injury.Crosby, who began the day third in the NHL scoring race with 79 points, was injured a week earlier in a game against the Washington Capitals.
WASHINGTON – Canadian TV analyst Don Cherry criticized reigning NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin’s exuberant goal celebrations. And that prompted Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau to fire back at the outspoken personality.
According to Newsday, the Islanders have a deal in place for veteran Bill Guerin to trade the 38-year-old to an Eastern Conference contender.
Sharks 2 at Canadiens 3First Period1. Montreal, Markov 9 (Plekanec, Schneider) 11:05 (pp)2. Montreal, Gorges 3 (D’Agostini, Koivu) 13:273. Montreal, Koivu 11 (Markov) 17:47Penalties – Shelley SJ, Laraque Mtl (fighting) 7:18, Ehrhoff SJ (hooking) 10:26.