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Eichel: Disconnect between me and Sabres

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres captain Jack Eichel questioned his future in Buffalo on Monday by saying there's a "a disconnect" with the team on whether to have surgery to repair his herniated disk.

"I think the most important thing is just trying to get healthy and figure out a way to be available to play hockey next year, wherever that might be," Eichel said.

Eichel said he favors having surgery, while suggesting the team has a different opinion regarding the best course of treatment. He said he is contractually required to follow the team's recommendation on whether to have surgery.


Jackets, Tortorella agree to part ways

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) John Tortorella is out as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after six seasons.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement Sunday that parting ways with the winningest coach in franchise history was a mutual decision.


Tocchet out after 4 years with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rick Tocchet turned the Arizona Coyotes into playoff contenders, even led them to the postseason during the pandemic season.

The Coyotes were unable to consistently cross the bridge into the playoffs in four seasons under Tocchet, so new Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong opted for a change.


Flames rout Sens, keep playoff bid alive

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames beat the Ottawa Senators 6-1 Sunday night to preserve their slim playoff hopes.

Mikael Backlund, Michael Stone, Dillon Dube and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom stopped 19 shots for his 19th win.


Blackhawks win as fans return to Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) Alex DeBrincat and the Chicago Blackhawks lingered on the ice when it was over, holding their sticks in the air.

For the first time all season, it felt like home.


McDavid reaches 100 points in 53rd game

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists to reach 100 points this season, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

McDavid reached the milestone before the end of the second period of his 53rd game. The 24-year-old became the ninth NHL player - and first in his lifetime - to get to 100 points in 53 games or fewer.


Leafs edge Habs, wrap up North Division

TORONTO (AP) Mitch Marner scored his 20th goal of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs wrapped up the North Division title, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night.

"It's a good feeling," Marner said. "We've got to make sure we just keep going with the pedal down."


Smith scores 3, Vegas ties for NHL lead

LAS VEGAS (AP) After 628 career games, Reilly Smith finally sparked hockey fans to toss hats onto the ice.

Smith got his first career hat trick, Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Saturday night.


Preds beat 'Canes to clinch playoff spot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A big night for Like Kunin means the Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes will be seeing a lot more of each other soon.

Kunin scored twice and Juuse Saros made 21 saves as Nashville beat Carolina 3-1 on Saturday night to secure the Central Division's fourth and final playoff berth. Erik Haula also scored and Mikael Granlund had two assists for Nashville, which has won three of four.


Caps rally for OT win, end 2nd in East

WASHINGTON (AP) Unable to dress the usual 18 skaters because of injuries and other absences, the Washington Capitals rallied for one accomplishment with the playoffs on the horizon but fell short of another.

Lars Eller tied it with 39.8 seconds left in regulation, Conor Sheary scored the overtime winner and the short-handed Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Saturday night to guarantee they'll open the playoffs at home.

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