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Phil Kessel finally scored his first goal of the season to give Toronto a 3-2 victory against Winnipeg on Thursday night.

He scored at the 15:52 mark of the third period on a Leafs power play to snap a 2-2 tie an end his 10-game goalless drought. Kessel was bound to score sooner or later as he has been credited with a whopping 46 shots in only 11 games. Tyler Bozak had a shorthanded goal and an assist in the match, while Matt Frattin had Toronto's other marker.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Returning from a one-game absence due to a head injury, Kris Letang showed no signs of rust by registering five helpers in a 5-3 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Letang's fantasy owners have seemingly dodged a bullet since the blueliner missed just one game after he was hit by Zac Rinaldo last week and it looks like he'll pick up where he left off. Ride his hot hand for as long as you can.
Jan 27 - 9:41 PM

Patric Hornqvist netted a pair of goals on Tuesday in a 5-3 defeat of the Jets.

Hornqvist missed about a month due to a lower body ailment, but he made his presence felt by counting twice in his first game back to give him 15 goals on the season in just 34 contests. Steve Downie, Nick Spaling and David Perron also found the back of the net for Pittsburgh in the victory.
Jan 27 - 9:34 PM

Anton Khudobin will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

Khudobin was solid going into the break, allowing two or fewer goals in each of his last six starts. He has a 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage in 16 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 27 - 5:05 PM

Jiri Hudler is battling an illness on Tuesday.

Hudler is being regarded as a game-time decision as a result. If he can't play then Joe Colborne will likely take his spot on the top line. Hudler has 14 goals and 39 points in 45 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 27 - 1:32 PM

Martin Brodeur will announced the end of his playing career, but he'll reportedly stick with the Blues as an assistant general manager.

Brodeur will stick with the franchise in a front office capacity. He'll finish with a 2.24 GAA, .912 save percentage, and an NHL-high 691 wins in 1,266 games. He won the Stanley Cup three times and claimed the Vezina Trophy on four occasions. He's as safe a bet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as you get and he'll be routinely brought up during arguments when discussing the greatest goaltenders of all-time. The vast majority of his playing career was with the New Jersey Devils, but after it became apparent that they had moved on to goaltender Cory Schneider, Brodeur attempted to extend his career elsewhere and eventually signed with St. Louis. Although his time playing with the Blues was brief, they have to be happy that they'll get his wealth of experience as an assistant general manager.
Jan 27 - 1:28 PM

Thomas Greiss was the first goaltender to leave the ice for the Penguins Tuesday morning.

That's usually a good way of telling who the starter will be, so it looks like Greiss will get the nod. Marc-Andre Fleury played in the All-Star Game, so the Penguins presumably want to give their top goaltender a breather.
Jan 27 - 11:49 AM

Kris Letang (head) is being regarded as a game-time decision on Tuesday.

The fact that Letang is even being talked about as a possibility to play is an encouraging development. Concussions don't conform to standard timetables, so the fear when Letang was initially hit by Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo was that he would be on the sidelines for a while. As it is though, Letang has only been absent for one game, albeit partially due to the All-Star break. It Letang plays Tuesday, then Scott Harrington will probably serve as a healthy scratch.
Jan 27 - 11:44 AM

Ray Emery will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

Emery has been helping to fill the void left by Steve Mason (knee). However, Mason is healthy enough to backup now, so Emery will probably be warming the bench Thursday.
Jan 27 - 11:26 AM

Erik Johnson will be out of action for three-to-eight weeks with a knee injury.

He had a knee scope performed on Monday. Johnson missed the All-Star Game due to the ailment. He has posted a career high of 12 goals in 47 games this season and he has 23 points.
Jan 26 - 5:49 PM

Darcy Kuemper has been sent to AHL Iowa on a conditioning assignment.

He can be there for up to two weeks. That leaves Devan Dubnyk as Minnesota's likely starter and Niklas Backstrom as the backup. Kuemper made his return to the lineup last Tuesday in a relief appearance against Detroit and he stopped all 14 shots he faced. He missed six games with a lower-body injury before that.
Jan 26 - 4:53 PM

Evgeni Malkin (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He hasn't played since Jan. 20. Malkin wasn't expected to return immediately after the All-Star break. He's tied for third in the league scoring race with 51 points in 45 games this season.
Jan 26 - 4:19 PM




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