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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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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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