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Brodeur leaves game early with injury

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Fans in New Jersey may have felt their heart skip a beat when Martin Brodeur left tonight’s game vs. Los Angeles with “upper body soreness.” Brodeur had stopped 10 of the 11 shots he saw in the first period; after seeing a barrage of action to start the game, the Devils (and Brodeur) settled down and only gave up a single goal.

With about eight minutes left in the first period. After making a scrambling save while going to his right, he went to the bench to see the trainer at the next stoppage. He stayed in the net for the rest of the first period (and saw limited action), but did not return to the net for the second period. Johan Hedberg took his place between the pipes for the Devilsl while Brodeur took a spot on the end of the Devils bench. For optimists, the simple fact that he was able to return to the bench and was smiling leads one to believe that the injury isn’t that serious.

Chris Botta from the New York Times agreed (in his own way):

Devils fans certainly hope the injury isn’t serious. Without Brodeur in the lineup, New Jersey would be forced to go with Johan Hedberg and probably Jeff Frazee. Injuries wouldn’t be anything new for Brodeur though. Since playing in 70+ games for ten straight seasons between 1997 and 2008, he’s missed significant time in two of the past three seasons. Last season, the future Hall of Famer missed 26 games with MCL and elbow problems. In 2008-09, he missed 50 games with a torn tendon in his biceps. This isn’t exactly the trend Devils’ fans want to see as they look to regain their place among the Atlantic Division’s elite.

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: