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Update: Wild say Koivu’s visit to hospital was for ‘precautionary reasons’

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will travel home with the team after he was taken to hospital during Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In a statement released on Twitter, the Wild said Koivu was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons and that he would travel back to Minnesota with the rest of the team.

The type of injury Koivu suffered has yet to be disclosed, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Koivu was involved in a frightening collision into the end boards, as slid along the ice before crashing heavily into the boards back first.

The Wild defeated the Blue Jackets by a final score of 4-2. Zach Parise had a hat trick for the Wild.

Video: Flyers put an end to any Habs momentum from Winter Classic

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Any hint of momentum started by the Montreal Canadiens from their Winter Classic triumph against the Boston Bruins came to an abrupt end Tuesday.

The Habs, playing for the first time since the Jan. 1 showdown at Gillette Stadium, lost to the Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 4-3, able to manufacture only 24 shots on goal in the process. Eleven of those came in the third period.

A turnover inside the Montreal defensive end led to Sean Couturier scoring his seventh goal of the season and the eventual winner in the third period for Philadelphia.

The Habs have now lost eight of their last 10 games, dropping further behind the red-hot Florida Panthers — winners of 10 in a row — in the Atlantic Division.

After losing three in a row on a recent California road trip, the Flyers earned their first win of 2016.

Make that 10 wins in a row for the Florida Panthers

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Jaromir Jagr scored. Roberto Luongo was almost perfect in net. And the Florida Panthers won again.

The Atlantic Division-leading Panthers have now won 10 games in a row after overpowering the Buffalo Sabres by a final score of 5-1 on Tuesday, as they started a six-game road trip. Luongo stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced, as Florida once again reaped the benefits of solid goaltending that should at least put Luongo in the Vezina conversation at this point in the season.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Derek MacKenzie and Corban Knight each recorded two-point nights, and the Panthers continue to make franchise history, while grasping the attention of the hockey world for their current run and subsequent rise through the standings.

They now have a five point lead on both the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings in the division.

“We won’t be at home, but we want to keep playing the same game,’’ Aleksander Barkov told the Miami Herald.

“We have to keep playing the same way, keep trusting in each other. We’re not only winning at home, but we win on the road. That’s the sign of a good team. We’re pretty confident in our team. We know when we play like this, we can beat any team in the league.’’

 

Video: Crosby scores on perfect shot, now has goals in four straight games

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Don’t look now, but Sidney Crosby has goals in four straight games.

He snapped home a perfect shot from his off wing to get the Pittsburgh Penguins on the board against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. He beat Corey Crawford on the blocker side, the puck whipping off the inside of the post and around the mesh.

But, of course, it helps when a healthy Kris Letang can skate the puck up the ice like he did on this rush, helping to set up the Crosby goal.

For Crosby, it’s been a while since he found himself on such a scoring streak:

 

Avalanche’s Iginla shut out in bid for 600th goal in loss to Flames

It was setting up to potentially be a perfect story: Jarome Iginla facing his old team, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday with a chance to score his 600th career NHL regular season goal.

Of the 599 goals the 38-year-old Iginla has scored, 525 of those came as a member of the Flames from 1996-97 to 2013. But the script fell apart, as the Colorado Avalanche lost to the visiting Flames by a final score of 4-0.

Iginla was held to just one shot on goal.

The Flames opened the floodgates in the second period with three goals of their own.

“I thought we had good intention (but) I guess we focused more in seeing Iggy scoring that 600th instead of playing our game,” said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, as per The Denver Post.

“We had had a few good chances and we tried to pass the puck to him instead of bringing it to the net. For example, (Alex) Tanguay is all alone in front of the net and he’s trying a little (pass) to Iggy.

“We’re going to have to refocus. It’s not that I don’t want Iggy scoring his 600th but we need to play our game.”