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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.

Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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