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Sharks Continue Dominance Over Canadiens At SAP Center

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The San Jose Sharks sure love playing the Montreal Canadiens at the SAP Center and they continued their dominance over Montreal with a convincing 5-2 victory on Tuesday.

The win was San Jose’s 11th straight over Montreal at the SAP Center.

“It was important,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.

“We needed a win. I think obviously we didn’t have the start we wanted. We wanted to get a good start here at home and for whatever reason we put ourselves in a spot where we really needed a win tonight to feel good going on the road trip, and we got it done. I think we’re getting a little better every game.”

“It’s a very poor start from our team, from myself, from a lot of individuals,” Montreal forward Max Pacioretty said.

“But who’s going to feel sorry for us? Tomorrow we play another good team [the Los Angeles Kings] with an opportunity to turn this around. So as upset as we are right now, it doesn’t do us any good to feel sorry for ourselves.

“It’s a good time to look in the mirror and see what we’re made of because a lot of people are probably doubting this team right now.”

The Sharks were able to salvage a little bit of their homestand before hitting the road.

“Obviously we didn’t have the homestand we wanted, coming in 1-3,” San Jose’s Joe Pavelski said.

“A chance to leave on a positive note and take a little momentum onto the road. Guys stepped up tonight.”

Logan Couture scored two goals and had two assists, and Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton scored while Martin Jones made 28 saves for San Jose.

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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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