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NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 22:  Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck in the third period against Minnesota Wild on October 22, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Quick recovery: Hall returns to practice 12 days after knee surgery

That didn’t take long.

Less than two full weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Taylor Hall is back practicing with the New Jersey Devils.

That’s good news for a Devils team that could use the boost in scoring as it looks to maintain a playoff spot. New Jersey currently holds down the final Wild Card spot in the East, while Hall hasn’t played since Nov. 12.

Hall was originally expected to miss three to four weeks following his procedure on Nov. 16. He’s already back practicing, but has reportedly been ruled out for Tuesday’s road game against the Winnipeg Jets.

“I don’t think I’m rushing anything,” said Hall, per NHL.com. “I’m not being pressured to play any quicker than I have to. I’ve been able to heal quickly and I’ve worked hard to put myself in this spot and get back as soon as I can.”

Still, it’s a promising development for the Devils, who have points in three straight games. Mike Cammalleri, who missed six games due to personal reasons, has carried the offense in this recent span with four goals and eight points, earning him the NHL’s second star for the week.

Hall had four points in his last three games before having to exit the lineup.

The Devils are currently on a four-game road trip, with stops in Chicago on Thursday and Nashville on Saturday.

“We’re going to see how he does through practices and see how he does near the end of the week,” said coach John Hynes. “We’ll see where he is after a few more days of practices.”

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    Flames loss to Flyers was ‘the worst we’ve played from the start all season,’ says Gulutzan

    DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Glen Gulutzan of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on November 21, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Nearing the end of a six-game road trip, this had been shaping up as a decent stretch for the Calgary Flames. And then they went into Philadelphia and suffered quite a setback to the Flyers on Sunday.

    The Flames had won in Detroit. They won in Columbus. They won in Boston. They had taken six of a possible eight points prior to Sunday, even if it wasn’t at all pretty. They grabbed an early lead against the Flyers, but Philly took over in the second period and peppered Chad Johnson with 43 shots throughout the game.

    The end result was a 5-3 loss for Calgary.

    The Flames end this road trip Monday in Brooklyn.

    Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan had some stern words for his team following its loss in Philly.

    “It’s the worst we’ve played from the start all season. I give (the Flyers) credit, too. They did outwork us,” he told reporters.

    “It’s everything. It’s execution. It’s battles. I was very disappointed with our guys after the first. I let them know that but it didn’t get any better in the second.”

    The Flames are 24 games into their season and the Gulutzan tenure.

    They are two points out of a Wild Card spot with a 10-13-1 record. They’ve struggled to score goals. They’ve struggled to keep the puck out of their own net. And their struggles quickly resulted in calls for Gulutzan’s job — a “pretty ridiculous” notion, according to Sean Monahan earlier this month.

    The only positive from Sunday’s game for the Flames, according to Gulutzan? He praised rookie Matthew Tkachuk for his role in a scuffle in front of the Flyers net in the third period.

    “We got a young guy there who doesn’t like to lose, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Gulutzan. “We need more of that, to be honest with you. You gotta hate to lose.”

    Stolarz wins NHL debut as Flyers defeat the Flames

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17:  Anthony Stolarz #41 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Wells Fargo Center on November 17, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    It didn’t start out the way Anthony Stolarz had probably hoped for.

    His NHL debut for the Philadelphia Flyers came Sunday, as they faced the Calgary Flames. T.J. Brodie opened the scoring with a backhander on the penalty kill. Again, not an ideal start. It’s a goal Stolarz would probably like to have back. But he settled in the rest of the way.

    The Flames tested the 22-year-old Stolarz with 32 shots and the Flyers netminder stopped 29 of them for his first NHL win, as Philly earned a 5-3 victory.

    So far this season, goaltending has been a huge issue for the Flyers.

    It changed — for one night, at least. Philly is still without Michal Neuvirth, who was expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee issue. But even before that, the numbers between Neuvirth and Steve Mason were brutal and have been well documented as one of the reasons why the Flyers have struggled out of the gate.

    The Flyers host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

    There were some anxious moments early in the first period for Philly.

    Rookie forward Travis Konecny fell hard into the boards and left the game briefly. But he did return later in the period.

    Panthers fire Gerard Gallant (update)

    Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant asks the referee to review the game winning goal in overtime by Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The goal was allowed, and the Penguins won in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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    The Florida Panthers have reportedly made a coaching change — minutes after a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

    Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reported on Twitter that Gerard Gallant has been relieved of his duties as head coach following the team’s 3-2 loss to journeyman netminder Michael Leighton and the Hurricanes.

    (The initial report has since been confirmed by George Richards of the Miami Herald.)

    Update: The Panthers made the move official on Monday morning.

    The news comes as a surprise, not just for its timing so quickly after a game. Last season, Gallant was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award after helping guide the Panthers to their best regular season in franchise history. They lost in the first round, but their showing in the regular season set high expectations on the ice for this team moving forward.

    This season? He didn’t make it to the beginning of December, with the Panthers, a team that began dealing with injury problems right away, holding a record of 11-10-1 and two points out of a Wild Card spot in the East.

    To be sure, it’s a polarizing decision within the hockey community. (See: Twitter)

    Tom Rowe, who was named general manager in May, will now take over as head coach.

    This move follows a hectic offseason for the Panthers. There were plenty of changes and big re-signings when it came to on-ice personnel, but the franchise underwent a seismic and controversial shift with its front office and scouting department.

    Gallant expressed his surprise with all the turnover in Florida this summer and had recently stated his belief the Panthers needed to add toughness to their lineup.

    From Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet:

    Gerard Gallant would never admit it (at least not before Sunday), but he hated seeing Erik Gudbranson traded. In a cap world, someone had to go. Losing him and Willie Mitchell changed the complexion of the blue line. Gallant valued Gudbranson’s game, how hard he could make it on opposing forwards. But Florida’s front office values a different kind of defender, and with one season remaining until his free agency, they weren’t going to ante up for Gudbranson’s skillset.

    That, as much as anything else, is why Gallant (and close friend Mike Kelly) are no longer on the Florida bench. There was plenty of anger in the NHL community over the dismissal. There were a lot of surprised and angry texts from people I rarely hear from. Gallant righted a wayward ship and won a franchise-record 47 games last season, getting them to the playoffs for the second time in 15 years.

    The Panthers are on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

    Six years after his last NHL win, Leighton backstops Hurricanes to victory over Panthers

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    Welcome back to the NHL, Michael Leighton.

    Recalled to the Carolina Hurricanes earlier in the week after goalie Eddie Lack suffered a concussion, Leighton got the start Sunday against the Florida Panthers.

    After a tough first period, he was unbeatable the rest of the way, as the Hurricanes came back to beat the Panthers 3-2. That’s his first regular season win in the NHL since Dec. 30, 2010. (That was his first NHL start since 2013.)

    And when you have a performance like that — 31 saves for Leighton — you get a special belt.

    “It’s good to be back. Good to get a win,” he said in a post-game interview.

    That’s an important win for the Hurricanes, after playing last night in Ottawa, as they were able to avoid a third straight loss.

    They fell behind by a pair of goals in the opening period, but came alive thanks to a sudden offensive outburst in the second period with three goals — from Viktor Stalberg, Jeff Skinner and Derek Ryan — in the span of 3:28. Suddenly, this game turned in their favor.

    That’s the good news.

    The bad news: Jordan Staal left the game after the first period and didn’t return due to an upper-body injury. Check back here for an update.