Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Howell, who played the most games in New York Rangers history in a career that also included 11 games as coach of the North Stars, died Saturday night at age 86. He had been living at an assisted care facility near his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
A seven-time All-Star, Howell played 1,160 games for the Rangers from 1952 to 1969 and had his No. 3 retired. He also played in the NHL for the Oakland/California Golden Seals and Los Angeles before finishing in the World Hockey Association.
Howell won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 1966-67. He finished with 94 goals and 324 assists in the NHL, and went 3-6-2 as coach of the North Stars in 1978. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
Pittsburgh 4, Boston 2: The host Penguins handed the Bruins their first regulation loss since Jan. 4. Jared McCann scored twice and Nick Bjugstad scored his fifth goal in 18 games for the Penguins, matching the total he put up in 32 games with Florida before being traded.
Calgary 6, Vegas 3: Matthew Tkachuk completed a hat trick with two third-period goals 1:45 apart for the conference-leading Flames.
Washington 3, Winnipeg 1: Carl Hagelin scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway following a Capitals penalty kill, and the host Capitals won their seventh in a row.
Florida 6, Detroit 1: Aleksander Barkov reached 30 goals, and Josh Brown and Dryden Hunt each scored their first NHL goals.
Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 2: Carl Grundstrom's goal capped a three-goal first period for the visiting Kings.
Suspensions: The NHL suspended Flyers forward Jakub Voracek for two games for an interference call Saturday against the Islanders that earned Voracek a major penalty. … Sabres forward Jack Eichel also was suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg on Saturday.