Jagr, back from injuries, plays in Czech second-league game
HAVIROV, Czech Republic (AP) — Jaromir Jagr is back again.
The Czech winger and 13-time NHL All-Star has recovered from a series of injuries that prevented him from playing for more than a year and appeared in a game Monday for the Kladno Knights, the hometown club he owns in the Czech Republic.
Jagr, 47, played on the top line alongside center Tomas Plekanec, another former NHL player.
Penguins D Schultz out 4 months with fractured left leg
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz will miss the next four months because of a fractured left leg.
Schultz injured the leg in the first period of a shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday after getting tangled up with Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec. The team announced Monday that Schultz underwent surgery Sunday and will be out until February.
The 28-year-old Schultz has four assists in four games this season for Pittsburgh.
NHL Canadian Teams Capsules
LAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)
ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel Armia
Bruins take 3-1 lead; Caps-Blue Jackets series tied 2-2
TORONTO (AP) — Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also had goals for the Bruins, who can win the Eastern Conference quarterfinal when they host Game 5 on Saturday at Boston's TD Garden. David Pastrnak added two assists.
When the Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from Ottawa on Friday, giving themselves an offensive attack that looks like a matchup nightmare for any potential playoff opponent, it was one of the first shots fired in what already has become a heated Eastern Conference arms race.
Lehkonen scores twice, Canadiens top Senators 4-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Very quietly, Tomas Plekanec has moved up the Montreal Canadiens' all-time scoring list.
A goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday gave the 35-year-old 601 career points.
He sits 13th in scoring in a lineup of mostly all-time greats that include Guy Lafleur, Jean Beliveau, Maurice (Rocket) Richard and many others.
Plekanec, Canadiens top Devils 2-1 in OT to end 3-game slide
MONTREAL (AP) — A slick pass by Charles Hudon turned into a perfect opportunity for Tomas Plekanec in overtime.
Plekanec scored 1:52 into the extra period off a highlight-reel feed from Hudon, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night to snap a three-game slide.
Rangers advance to 2nd round for 5th time in 6 years
NEW YORK (AP) — After pulling out a tough first-round series with three straight wins, the New York Rangers get a couple days to regroup for the next round.
After OT loss, Rangers look to regroup at home
NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Crosby and the defending champion Penguins have looked impressive in jumping out to a 2-0 lead against the Blue Jackets.
The same is true for the Blues, who have earned a pair of 2-1 victories on the road for a two-game edge over Minnesota with the series shifting to St. Louis.
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens were in serious trouble until Tomas Plekanec gave them new life with a tying goal with 18 seconds left. And when Alexander Radulov scored 18:34 into overtime, it gave a whole new look to their playoff series with the New York Rangers.
Instead of heading to New York trailing by two games, the Canadiens won 4-3 on Friday night to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal 1-1 with Game 3 set for Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Byron lifts Canadiens past Rangers in shootout
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens.
Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal. Price stopped Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller twice in the OT, including a diving save in the closing seconds of the extra period.
Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens. Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal.
Niederreiter gets 2 goals as Wild romp past Canadiens 7-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal broke loose toward the Montreal net and beat Carey Price with a sharp shot that scraped the top short-side corner . Jordan Schroeder scored 39 seconds later for Minnesota with a blind tip off the middle of his stick as he was being shoved to the ice .
The rout was on for the Wild early in the second period, and the weary Canadiens couldn't come close to keeping up.
Petry steps up for banged up Canadiens in win over Ducks
MONTREAL (AP) — With Andrei Markov nursing an upper-body injury and Shea Weber in a scoring slump, the Montreal Canadiens needed a defenseman to step up.
It turned out to be Jeff Petry, who scored a goal and added two assists to keep his hot streak alive as the Canadiens downed the sluggish Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Tuesday night.
That gave Petry a goal in three consecutive games for the first time in his career and seven points in his last five outings.
Schwartz gets 2nd goal in OT, Blues beat Canadiens 3-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues felt the comeback coming and followed through against the Eastern Conference leaders.
Schwartz completed a late rally with a pair of goals, including one in overtime, to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues charged back from a 2-0 third-period deficit and have a point in their last 13 home games.