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2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

Report: Injured Habs’ forward Weise to miss five to 10 games (Video)

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Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise is expected to miss five to 10 games due to injury suffered during Friday’s Winter Classic, according to a report from Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

Weise was cross checked to the ice by Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the Winter Classic. It appeared that as Weise fell, he was hit on the hand with the puck from a shot. He could be seen shaking his right hand while still trying to get to his skates.

He left the game with what the Habs called an upper-body injury and did not return.

In 40 games this season, the 27-year-old Weise has 11 goals — a single-season career best for him — and 20 points.

 

 

Auston Matthews’ hat trick leads U.S. over Czech Republic at WJHC

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Team USA is on to the semifinal round of the world junior hockey championship, courtesy a 7-0 win over the Czech Republic that was highlighted by an Auston Matthews hat trick on Saturday.

The likely No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, Matthews now leads the tournament in goals with seven. He’s also tied for third in overall scoring, alongside Finland’s Patrik Laine, with 11 points in five games.

As per USA Hockey, Matthews needs one more goal to tie the U.S. single-tournament record of eight goals currently held by Jeremy Roenick from 1989.

Saturday’s victory means the U.S. is guaranteed to play for a medal.

If they are to play for gold, the U.S. will have to beat Russia, which has won every game on its schedule to this point, in the semifinal on Monday.

Rival hockey nations Sweden and Finland will meet in the other semifinal.

Finland advanced by defeating Team Canada, the defending gold medal champs, in the quarter-final round on Saturday.

Stars’ Nichushkin sidelined versus Devils with lower-body injury

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The Dallas Stars will be without Valeri Nichushkin when they play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Nichushkin is dealing with a lower-body injury that occurred in Thursday’s game versus the Nashville Predators, as per NHL.com, and Stars head coach Lindy Ruff decided for the 20-year-old forward to rest up Saturday. Radek Faksa will take Nichushkin’s place in the lineup.

Currently on a three-game Eastern road trip, the Stars play the New York Islanders on Sunday.

“He was doing a lot better [Saturday] and we’ll see where he’s at [Sunday at the New York Islanders],” said Ruff. “The smart thing is to keep him off.”

In 37 games, Nichushkin has four goals and 13 points. He’s also gone eight straight games without a point and 11 games without a goal.

Greiss helps save the day as Islanders beat Sabres

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Frans Nielsen couldn’t see the puck floating in the crease. The Buffalo crowd let him know to look harder.

Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin scored, Thomas Greiss made 42 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night.

John Tavares‘ shot trickled by goalie Linus Ullmark but stopped short of the goal line. Nielsen couldn’t see it through a scrum in the crease, but he knew it was there.

“I heard the crowd make that sound where something is loose in there,” Nielsen said. “I started looking and suddenly it was sitting there right on the goal line.”

Nielsen’s goal 9:35 into the second period put New York up 1-0 and snapped a four-game skid without a power-play goal.

Kulemin extended his goal streak to three games 1:07 into the third period.

Those goals backed a sterling early performance from Greiss, who was tested often. Buffalo outshot the Islanders 17-5 during the first period, including 11 shots on goal over three power plays.

“Just battle, try your best and try everything you can to keep the puck out there,” Greiss said. “I just go in the net and see what happens.”

Ryan O'Reilly scored his 15th goal of the season and Linus Ullmark made 31 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres lost their third straight.

O’Reilly cut the deficit with 8:42 left off Jack Eichel‘s needle-threading pass into the slot during a power play, but was left to lament their other missed chances after going 1 for 4 on the power play.

“We had a chance to take the game and run away with it and we didn’t,” O’Reilly said. “I remember coming off after the first, I was frustrated.”

The Sabres kept pressure on Greiss all night, starting with an early power play. With Matt Martin in the box for interference, Greiss made six saves, including three on Rasmus Ristolainen.

A cross-check from Anders Lee prevented Johan Larsson from beating Greiss moments later but did put Buffalo back on the power play. That turned into a two-man advantage after Nielsen also committed a cross-check.

The power plays helped the Sabres build a 15-1 advantage in shots, but Greiss was perfect over that stretch.

“Our goalies give us a chance to win every night and that’s all you can ask for,” Nielsen said. “And tonight he gave us a little more than that. It’s good to see.”

Late in the period, Ullmark stymied Lee’s wrist shot off the rebound of Tavares’ shot.

O’Reilly’s goal was Buffalo’s first power-play score in eight games and snapped a 0 for 19 skid.

New York defenseman Johnny Boychuk was forced from the game when Eichel dodged his late hit, sending the Islander to the boards. He skated off favoring his left arm.

“It looked like he just caught an edge-type thing and went in hard and he’s a big guy,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Fortunate that it wasn’t his head or his neck and that’s the most important thing.”

NOTES: Sabres center Tyler Ennis missed the game with an upper-body injury suffered on a hit by Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin on Tuesday night. … The Islanders scratched two ex-Sabres in left wing Eric Boulton and right wing Steve Bernier. … The Islanders play at Pittsburgh on Saturday night. … The Sabres host the Red Wings on Saturday.

Julien: Bruins, Patriots coaches can ‘learn from each other’ (Video)

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With the 2016 Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and long-time rival Montreal Canadiens just hours away, Claude Julien and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick were able to hit the ice together at Gillette Stadium.

The teams they oversee are different, as are the sports they work in, yet both coaches have had championship success in that market, with Belichick and the Patriots winning their most recent title in the 2015 Super Bowl.

Julien believes the parallels between the two coaches can provide a beneficial exchange of knowledge, even if they compete in separate arenas.

“It’s always great, always great to catch up with Bill. I was fortunate enough to be a guest of his yesterday at his practice, and we walked through it. It was nice to see him work with his team. I’ve admired him for a long time for how he handles his team, how he coaches and how prepared he is,” Julien said, as per CSNNE.com.

“We play different sports, but as coaches I think there are a lot of things we can learn from each other, and admire from each other. That’s the one thing I have learned from Bill is his preparation is second to none.”