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Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro (63) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Predators clinch playoff berth with victory over Capitals

- Associated Press

Filip Forsberg scored during a three-goal first period and had two assists as the Predators became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-3 win over the Capitals on Saturday.

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Buffalo Sabres' Mikhail Grigorenko (25), of Russia, battles Arizona Coyotes' Sam Gagner (9) for the puck after a face-off during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Buffalo beats Arizona 4-1 in battle of NHL's worst teams

- Associated Press

The Buffalo Sabres cranked up the music and laughed in the locker room. When the music got turned down, someone sneaked over and spun the dial back up, leading to even more laughter.

Focus on quarterbacks as UCLA opens spring practices

- Associated Press

Anyone expecting a quick resolution to UCLA's search to replace quarterback Brett Hundley would be well served to look back at how the record-setting three-year starter won the job in the first place.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Washington. It was Ovechkins' 50th goal of the year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin nets 50th, adds assist, Capitals top Hurricanes 4-2

- Associated Press

Alex Ovechkin smiled that gap-toothed grin of his while standing for a commemorative photo in the locker room, holding the puck he put in the net a couple of hours earlier for his NHL-leading 50th goal.

NHL Capsules

- Associated Press

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal, reaching that mark for the sixth time and tying a team record with the 472nd of his career, and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Tuesday night.

US players celebrate a goal  while Russia's Yekaterina Smolina, right, look on during the 2015 Women's Hockey World Championship group A match between Russia and USA, at Malmo Isstadion in Malmo, southern Sweden, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  (AP Photo/TT, Claudio Bresciani) SWEDEN OUT

US beats Russia 9-2 in women's world hockey

Associated Press

Jocelyne Lamoureux scored three goals and the United States beat Russia 9-2 on Tuesday in the women's world hockey championship to finish 3-0 in Group A play.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Washington. It was Ovechkins' 50th goal of the year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin reaches 50 goals for 6th time

- Associated Press

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the sixth player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals in six seasons, reaching the milestone Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.