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Video: Another night, another ridiculous Carey Price save

Carey Price was at it again — this time against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

The Habs netminder made two terrific blocker saves on Conor Sheary in the first period, stopping the Penguins forward’s initial shot from the slot thanks to his quick reaction, and then having the awareness to acrobatically bat the puck out of mid-air and out of his crease.

Were these two quick saves as good as his stick stop on Ondrej Palat the other night? Feel free to debate.

But against a high-scoring Penguins team, Price was very sharp early. And that’s all that matters for the Habs.

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    ‘He’s a part of this history’ — Keith Tkachuk pays tribute to the late Pavol Demitra

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    NHL alumni games are all about bringing back the memories.

    During Saturday’s 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, Keith Tkachuk paid tribute to the memory of a former St. Louis Blues player no longer with us.

    Tkachuk wore the No. 38 jersey during today’s alumni game against the Chicago Blackhawks, paying tribute to the late Pavol Demitra, who lost his life at the age of 36 in the plane crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team in September of 2011.

    “Why not? He’s the best guy. He’s one of my closest friends. He’s a part of this history,” Tkachuk told reporters after the event. “And we miss him big time. Wish he was here.”

    Demitra played for the Blues from 1997 to 2004. On three occasions during his tenure there, he scored more than 35 goals in a single season. He recorded 93 points during the 2002-03 season.

    He played 847 games in the NHL, including 494 with the Blues. He ranks fifth all-time in Blues scoring with 493 points.

    In September, a documentary about the life of Pavol Demitra was shown at a film festival in Vancouver.

    Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves will back up Cam Ward versus Bolts

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    It’s an extended version of the Goalie Nods!

    The Carolina Hurricanes have just announced that goalie Eddie Lack is not feeling well today and will not dress for tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which means that the team’s equipment manager Jorge Alves has been signed to a professional tryout contract, and will strap on the pads and serve as back-up to Cam Ward.

    These situations are often interesting because there’s always the chance emergency back-ups may actually be called into action. But the 37-year-old Alves practices with the Hurricanes, the team said. He also played professionally in the East Coast Hockey League after a previous stint with North Carolina State University’s club hockey team.

    The possibility of Alves being used in an emergency capacity is something the Hurricanes have planned for in the past. Now, it’s a reality.

    He’ll be suiting up in style, too. Check out the goalie mask he’ll wear for tonight’s occasion:

    Of course, his teammates decided to have a little bit of fun at his expense, too.

    This is a big game for the Hurricanes, as they look to gain ground in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race. They’re currently five points back of Philadelphia.

    Goalie nods: Bobrovsky starts for Blue Jackets, as they search for 15th straight win

    COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 20:  Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Kings on December 20, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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    The Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday look for their 15th straight win (!!) and they will turn to their No. 1 goalie to help keep the streak alive.

    While the Blue Jackets have been on a remarkable run, so, too, have the Wild, winners of 12 in a row, and tonight’s game is historical given their winning streaks.

    The news shouldn’t come as a surprise given the stakes and the opponent, but Sergei Bobrovsky starts in goal for the Blue Jackets, per Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch.

    Bobrovsky leads all goalies so far with 23 wins, and his solid .934 save percentage is tied for second with Jimmy Howard (among goalies with 10-plus games played). Only Devan Dubnyk of the Wild has been better in this category — and tonight’s game is shaping up to be a showdown of two goalies in the early conversation for the Vezina Trophy.

    Per NHL.com, Dubnyk is expected to start for Minnesota.

    Elsewhere…

    — It looks like Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins when they host the Montreal Canadiens. Moved to the back-up spot with the rise of Matt Murray during the 2016 playoffs, Fleury now has a chance to string together some starts with Murray currently week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

    — The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to close the gap in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race, and it appears they’ll turn to Andrei Vasilevskiy tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bolts are currently four points back of the Flyers for the final Wild Card spot.

    — Playing against their California rivals from L.A., the San Jose Sharks are expected to start Martin Jones, after he was given the night off Friday, per CSN Bay Area. With Jones on the bench Friday, Aaron Dell recorded the shut out, but facing the Kings on New Year’s Eve, it looks like the Sharks will turn to their undisputed No. 1 netminder.

    Bruins’ Marchand replies to Twitter user’s homophobic slur

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    BOSTON (AP) Bruins winger Brad Marchand is standing up to a Twitter user who attacked him with a homophobic slur.

    Marchand says the slur happened two days ago and he thought it important to go public and reply directly to the person who wrote it. The player says this struck home because he has a “few friends that are in same-sex relationships.”

    In speaking to the media about this before Saturday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres, Marchand said: “Nowadays it’s not right to go after people that way, so I figured I’d get it out there.”

    Marchand says the person who used the slur also directed it at a teammate.

    The Boston forward says he replied to the Twitter user, writing: “This derogatory statement is offensive to so many people around the world.”