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Angry Sens fans rip owner in billboards

A billboard calling for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to sell the NHL hockey team is seen in Ottawa on Monday, March 19, 2018. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Disgruntled Ottawa Senators fans want owner Eugene Melnyk to know exactly how they feel. Their message is hard to miss.

Four billboards with the message (hash)MelnykOut went up at four spots across the city Monday thanks to a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $10,000 in less than a month.

The fund was started by fan Spencer Callaghan, whose frustration with Melnyk reached a breaking point amid talk that captain Erik Karlsson might be traded.


Jackets beat Bruins in OT, push run to 8

BOSTON (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets felt like they were lucky to get a victory in their late-season push for one of the Eastern Conference's playoff spots.

Cam Atkinson scored 2:55 into overtime to lift the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 comeback victory over Boston on Monday night for their eighth straight win, spoiling a splendid NHL debut for Bruins forward Ryan Donato.


Rinne blanks Sabres, Preds on 14-0-1 run

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Predators stalwart Pekka Rinne briefly stopped to marvel when informed of the elite NHL goaltending company he joined in becoming a three-time 40-game winner - and after a shutout, no less.

Only six players - Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk, among them - had previously done that.


Carter's 2nd lifts Kings over Wild in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jeff Carter's return from ankle surgery has been a big boost for the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Kings.

Carter scored his second goal of the game with 33.8 seconds left on the clock in overtime and Los Angeles recovered after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Monday night.


Panthers down Habs, 3 points behind 8th

MONTREAL (AP) Roberto Luongo got another shutout and helped the Florida Panthers inch closer to a playoff spot.

Luongo stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season and 76th of his career, leading the Panthers to a 2-0 victory over the injury-riddled Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.


Ekman-Larsson nets 2, Coyotes top Flames

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the Arizona Coyotes aren't going to the NHL playoffs this season. However, that doesn't mean they're taking it easy against contending teams.

Ekman-Larsson scored twice late in the third period, including his 100th career goal, to lead the Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.


Penguins G Murray poised to return

PITTSBURGH (AP) Penguins goaltender Matt Murray looks ready to return from a concussion that's kept him out for the past three weeks.

Murray practiced with his teammates on Monday and could be available on Tuesday night when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions visit the New York Islanders.


Kwong, first Asian player, dies at 94

Larry Kwong, the first player of Asian heritage to appear in an NHL game, has died at 94.

According to an online obituary, he died Thursday in Calgary, Alberta.


Laine point streak at 15, Jets top Stars

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Patrik Laine promised he'll do better next time. At least until he gets the better of Alex Ovechkin.

Laine scored twice to extend his point streak to 15 games and tie Ovechkin for the NHL goal lead, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Sunday night to match the franchise wins record at 43.


Simmonds' 2 goals help Flyers past Caps

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers are playing every game as if it's the postseason. It paid off this weekend.

Simmonds scored two goals to lift the Flyers past the Washington Capitals 6-3 on Sunday night, capping a four-point weekend and helping Philadelphia solidify its playoff position.

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