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Video: Sharks’ Karlsson limps off the ice after awkward into boards … and eventually returns

San Jose Sharks forward Melker Karlsson limped off the ice and to the dressing room after an awkward fall into the end boards as he chased the puck in the Pittsburgh Penguins zone.

Karlsson appeared to lose an edge as he went toward the boards with Penguins’ defenseman Olli Maatta, doing the splits as he fell into the boards. Karlsson was in immediate pain, and needed the assistance of a trainer as he left the ice.

But he did return before the opening period ended.

For the Sharks, already without Tomas Hertl, that could’ve potentially been a key loss of one of their better depth forwards. Karlsson has two goals and three points in the last two games, including the winner in Game 5.

Sharks, Penguins honor Gordie Howe

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The San Jose Sharks and visiting Pittsburgh Penguins will honor the late Gordie Howe on Sunday, as the teams meet in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Howe passed away Friday at the age of 88.

Since his passing, tributes have been coming in for the legend known as Mr. Hockey. On Sunday, players for both teams will wear a No. 9 decal on their helmets during the pre-game warm-up, in honor of Howe.

Related:

Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky: A legendary bond

NHL mourns loss of ‘the incomparable Gordie Howe’

President Obama: Gordie Howe defined hockey ‘for a lifetime’

WATCH LIVE: Stanley Cup Final Game 6 – Penguins at Sharks

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck during the third period in Game Five of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on June 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have another opportunity to clinch their second Stanley Cup in eight years with a win tonight. The San Jose Sharks are looking to extend the series to seven games as the two teams clash in Game 6 on Sunday at SAP Center.

You can catch the game on NBC (8 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

Hornqvist: Despite loss, Pens ‘rolled over’ Sharks in Game 5

No doubt, Justin Schultz has a new lease on life

Still no Tomas Hertl for the Sharks in Game 6

Let’s take a step back and admire Penguins’ remarkable run of trades

Don’t expect Peter DeBoer to channel Herb Brooks

Malkin: The Sharks are a ‘good team, but they were a little bit lucky’

 

Former Coyote Fischer gets two-year extension as Swiss national team coach

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 14:  Julian Walker (2ndR) of Switzerland and his team-mates look dejected after the IIHF World Championship quaterfinal match between USA and Switzerland at CEZ Arena on May 14, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
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The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation has given its national team head coach Patrick Fischer a two-year contract extension, the IIHF announced Sunday.

“To be national coach is a challenge I face with pleasure. I’m extremely motivated to continue to be head coach of this team,” said Fischer, the former Coyotes forward, in a statement.

The announcement comes a month after Switzerland placed sixth in the Group A standings with two wins — one in regulation — in seven preliminary round games at the 2016 world hockey championship.

Fischer, 40, was named coach of the Swiss national team in December, replacing Glen Hanlon, who is now GM of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants.

Fischer played 27 NHL games for the Coyotes in 2006-07, scoring four goals and 10 points.

Christian Wohlwend was also signed to a two-year contract as head coach for the Swiss U20 team.

Report: Panthers close to long-term deal with Trocheck

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Vincent Trocheck #21 of the Florida Panthers skates against the New York Islanders in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 24, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders won the game 2-1 in double overtime to win the series four games to two.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Florida Panthers have been active since their off-season began, clearing cap space with the trades of Erik Gudbranson and Marc Savard‘s contract to New Jersey on Friday.

As a result, there could be some big deals in the works.

That includes closing in on a long-term contract for pending restricted free agent forward Vincent Trocheck, who enjoyed a breakout 2015-16 season, as per George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The 22-year-old Trocheck scored 25 goals and 53 points in 76 regular season games, with 2.89 goals-for per 60 minutes and 1.83 goals-against per 60 minutes at even strength. His possession numbers — 51.3 per cent Corsi For at five-on-five, as per stats.hockeyanalysis.com — were solid, too.

His production should lead to a substantial raise from the $2.775 million total value for his three-year entry-level contract.

His play throughout the season also left quite an impression on his teammates, including Jaromir Jagr, who knows a thing or two about leaving a strong impression on the ice.

“He was our best player for a long time,” said Jagr at the end of March, when Trocheck went down with an apparent foot injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season and reduced his time in the playoffs to just two games of the opening round.

That says something for a young player on a team that includes more seasoned stars like Jagr and Roberto Luongo, and youthful talents like Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov.