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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils left wing Martin Havlat required a significant amount of stitches on his upper lip and bridge of his nose after being cut on a check by Jason Chimera in the second period of tonight's 6-2 loss in Washington.
Havlat was not available to speak to the media after the game, but walked to the team bus on his own when he finally emerged from the locker room nearly an hour after the game ended.
Havlat apparently had to have much of his upper lip stitched back together. It is also possible his nose was broken. His visor apparently contributed to his cuts.
The Devils provided no update on his condition.
Watch the incident below, blood involved...
No update from the Avalanche on Berra.
Earlier today Semyon Varlamov was put on IR with a groin injury and that leaves Calvin Pickard as the only healthy goalie for the Avs at this point.
Islanders report upper-body injury for Grabovski, will not return.
No upate yet on his condition.
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
When Umberger was a rookie with the Flyers, his locker was next to Mike Knuble’s. Through four games this season, Umberger is pointless and is hearing Knuble’s old advice.
“Concentrate on five shots a game,” Knuble would tell Umberger. “Whether it’s rebounds or whatever, you’ll get out of your slump.”
Well, so far Umberger has mustered only two shots all season. For the past couple games, he’s been on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read – known as the shutdown unit....
“He’s a good defensive player. Checks well, kills penalties,” Berube said. “That’s what we expected out of him. He’ll get his goals. He goes to the net. That’s what he does.”
So far, that hasn’t quite been the case. Umberger has started his shifts in the offensive zone 58.3 percent of the time this season, easily his highest percentage in his career, yet he’s still a minus-5. For those that think plus/minus is an archaic statistic, his Fenwick For percentage (a calculation of shots and misses for the Flyers against shots and misses for an opponent) is a career-low 40.4 percent.
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche has placed starting goalie Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve and recalled Calvin Pickard from Lake Erie to replace him.
Reto Berra will start Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators in place of Varlamov, who has suffered a mild groin injury.
Varlamov participated in the morning skate Thursday and was the scheduled starter. He likely injured his groin at the very end of practice, or tweaked after injuring it in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss at Toronto.
The Avs said Varlamov (0-2-1) should be available Oct. 24 against Vancouver.
continue for more on the Avs...
“It sucks, I don’t like it all. But I’m not going to let it ruin my confidence or my self-esteem as a player because at the end of the day I know what I can do and I believe in myself.
“I don’t want to say it works because then they’ll just keep giving me tough love,” he continued. “[But] I think I respond well to it. It doesn’t really bother me. I’m a pretty thick-skinned kid, even going back to minor hockey; I’ve had some pretty tough coaches. I don’t like it so much and sometimes I’m not so patient with it, but I think I react well. It doesn’t really bother me. It’s not like I go into a shell after I get ripped out or reamed out, I just continue playing my game.”
-Nazen Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the 'tough love' he has received from coaches. Jonas Siegel of TSN with the story on the tough love Jake Gardiner is now receiving.
“It’s just such great theater. The bar keeps getting raised, and we’ll have a couple of unique things to D.C. I’m sure we’ll do something important with the military. Hopefully we can get President Obama to come. It’s Chicago, it’s Washington, it’s national television. I’m hoping that we can get President Obama to come to the game.”
-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals on the Winter Classic. More from Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog.
Watch how the injury occurred below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Is there a more anticipated rematch in the early NHL season?
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens get it going again Thursday night after last spring's drama-filled, seven-game series, which saw the underdog Habs prevail.
Given the handshake line heard around the world, who knows exactly what will transpire Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal's home opener.
Normally, these types of games rarely live up to the hype fueled by media and fans.
Although sometimes ...
"I had one with Vancouver where we played Boston for the first time after the Stanley Cup final and we had a line brawl seven minutes in. So I think the fans, the media and everybody got what they wanted there," Canadiens winger Dale Weise said Wednesday after practice.
"I don't see it being the case tomorrow. The media kind of blows things up and the games have a hard time living up to that. We're just focusing on trying to come out and have a good game. Obviously, being the first home game, we're excited; our crowd is going to be jumping and we'll be ready to go."
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