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Leafs’ Auston Matthews Out Up to a Month with Shoulder Injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss up to a month of action after injuring his left shoulder on Saturday and was officially placed on injured reserve on Monday.

While the injury will keep Matthews off the ice for significant time, surgery will not be needed. Matthews was injured on a hit by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.

“It’s frustrating, but there’s not much you can do,” Matthews said (h/t NHL.com). “It [stinks], but it’s part of the game. I’m going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as possible when I’m feeling back to myself. We’ve got a lot of depth on this team, and no doubt everybody is going to be fine and step up.”

“I knew the guy was coming,” Matthews said. “Trying to get a shot off, you don’t really know what to expect because you’re so close to the goalie, so you don’t know if you’re going to get hit going into the goalie. Obviously, he took the body, which is what you’re supposed to do, and he caught me at the right angle.”

“You’ve just got to let it heal, I guess, and do everything I can to stay in shape,” Matthews said. “Obviously, it’s not the position you want to be in, but at least you can still kind of skate once it starts to heal a little bit and feel better, get back on the ice, and try to stay in game shape.

“Regardless of the situation, your health comes first. It’s early (in the season), so you want to come back when you’re feeling ready to go and back to 100 percent.”

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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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