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Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere Discusses Effects Of Rough Season

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Shayne Gostisbehere was expecting a much better season than he experienced last season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In fact, a lot of people were. Gostisbehere burst onto the scene in 2015-16 and even entered the Calder race after a historic 15-game point streak.

Gostisbehere finished the campaign with 17 goals and posted 46 points in 64 games and last season was supposed to be a bigger breakout star this season.

Despite the projections, Gostisbehere managed just seven goals and 39 points in 76 games as he battled back from hip and abdominal surgeries during the summer of 2016.

“Last season, it obviously didn’t go like my first season,” Gostisbehere said to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“You don’t get the bounces, per se, and it takes a toll on you mentally – and then you start looking for things you can change.”

Gostisbehere admitted the recovery from his injuries contributed to his down year.

“It wasn’t like I hit a switch and the injury healed. It was nothing like that,” Gostisbehere admitted.

“I think it was strictly confidence (that returned). I was put in the right situations, and that’s a big thing, too.  I flourished, and I knew I was one of the best players on the ice.

When I know that, I think it really shows out there and it really helped our team, too. That’s the biggest thing for me – anything I can do, team-wise.”

Despite the drop in production, the Flyers signed Gostisbehere to a six-year. $27 million contract.

“We have a lot of young guys and we have a great group of veterans, a good core to show the young guys the way,” Gostisbehere said.

“I think it’s a big, big learning season for us obviously coming up, but again, we’re a team, and we think we can win the Stanley Cup. That’s our ultimate goal.”

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Penguins Keeping Faith in Matt Murray

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The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to support goalie Matt Murray despite his struggles this season, leading the team to temporarily usurp him for Casey DeSmith.

Despite the downward fall, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan believes that the time off the ice will help him focus on work with goaltending coach Mike Buckley, and the team is maintaining both their faith and their confidence that Murray can return to form.

“I think Matt’s mental toughness and the experiences that he’s gone through, he can certainly draw on and help him get to where we all know he’s capable of being,” Sullivan said (h/t NHL.com). “Right now, he’s got an opportunity to spend some time with [Buckley] and work on some of the aspects of his game that we think can help him improve. He can build his confidence.

“This by no means diminishes our faith and our trust in Matt Murray. We know he’s a real good goalie. He’s an accomplished goalie.”

DeSmith understands his role, as backup.

“That’s my job. Just to show up when I get the chance,” DeSmith said. “I think so far, I’ve given the team a chance to win when I’ve played. I take pride in that.”

Murray is 4-4-1 with a 3.87 GAA, .886 save percentage and one shutout in nine starts for Pittsburgh this season.

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Devils Place Brian Boyle on IR

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The New Jersey Devils have placed center Brian Boyle on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, according to an official team announcement.

During Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Boyle was on the receiving end of a devastating hit from Dustin Byfuglien, which you can see below.

In a corresponding move, the Devils have recalled Pavel Zacha from the AHL.

 

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Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Rejoins Team, Jakub Zboril Recalled

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The Boston Bruins will see the return of netminder Tuukka Rask, who took a few days away from the team for a personal leave.

In corresponding moves, Dan Vlader is on his way back to the Providence Bruins while Jakub Zboril will be recalled. Additionally, the team officially announced that both Jeremy Lauzon and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson will stay on regular recall.

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