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Nilsson stops 34 shots, Senators beat Blues 2-0

Anders Nilsson stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators beat the St. Louis Blues 2-0 on Thursday night         

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Today in History for March 15th

Highlights of Today in History: Julius Caesar assassinated in Rome; Johnson urges passage of Voting Rights Act; Worldcom CEO Bernard Ebbers convicted of fraud; Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton; "My Fair Lady" debuts on Broadway. (March 15)         

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Lee's late goal lifts Islanders to 2-1 win over Canadiens

Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots as the New York Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1         

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Kessel, Crosby help surging Penguins blank Sabres 5-0

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Sidney Crosby added two assists and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-0         

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Is Mike Pence unfair to women, gays? Those who work with him slap down Democrats' criticism

As Vice President Mike Pence increasingly becomes a punching bag for Democrats running for president, some of his defenders are punching back.        

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Scheifele has goal, 2 assists as Jets beat Bruins 4-3

Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over Boston, handing the Bruins their third straight loss         

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Police re-captured an escaped Missouri inmate. Then he got away in a stolen patrol car.

Travis Lee Davis escaped from his cell in Missouri late Saturday night. When he was caught by officers in Oklahoma, he stole a police car and fled.        

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Connolly has 2 goals, assist as Capitals beat Flyers 5-2

Brett Connolly had two goals and an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2         

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Rapper Meek Mill honored for criminal justice reform work

The Philadelphia City Council announced Thursday that "Meek Mill Weekend" will commence Friday.         

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Stamkos ties Lecavalier as Lightning rally past Detroit 5-4

Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier for Tampa Bay's career lead in goals, Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the third period and the Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4         

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Jets release RB Crowell after agreeing to terms with Bell

The New York Jets have released running back Isaiah Crowell, an expected move after the team agreed to terms early Wednesday morning with Le'Veon Bell         

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Cameron Oluyitan scores 18 points as Southern Utah defeats Northern Colorado 83-64 in the Big Sky Conference Tourney quarterfinals         

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West Virginia beats No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 in Big 12 Tourney

Emmitt Mathews scores career-high 28 points, 10th-seeded West Virginia upsets No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 in Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals         

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Jahmal McMurray scores 27 points as SMU gets past Tulsa 74-65 in the American Athletic Conference Tournament first round         

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Gordon, Augustin help Magic rout Cavaliers 120-91

Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 points and seven assists and the Orlando Magic routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-91         

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Randy Miller, Jr. posts 18 points as NC Central beats Delaware State 75-57 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tourney quarterfinals         

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Opinion: Phil Mickelson gets out in front of connection to architect of college bribery scandal

Phil Mickelson expressed his disappointment in Rick Singer and his company, which guided the PGA Tour star’s family through college admission process.         

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Opinion: Phil Mickelson gets out in front of connection to architect of college bribery scandal

Phil Mickelson expressed his disappointment in Rick Singer and his company, which guided the PGA Tour star’s family through college admission process.        

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Irving's triple-double leads Celtics past Kings 126-120

Kyrie Irving had 31 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics overcome a 17-point first-half deficit and beat the Sacramento Kings 126-120         

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Bubble Watch: Winners, losers among NCAA tournament fringe teams before Selection Sunday

With Selection Sunday just days away, USA TODAY Sports tracks which teams stained or boosted their NCAA tournament profiles in league tourneys.         

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