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Stars’ Sharp out with concussion symptoms following controversial OT loss to Kings

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The Dallas Stars lost to the L.A. Kings on Thursday, and they could also lose forward Patrick Sharp for a period of time to injury, too.

Sharp left the game with concussion symptoms, as per the Stars. He didn’t return. The 34-year-old forward was on the receiving end of a big hit along the boards from Brayden McNabb early in the second period and was put through concussion protocol.

As per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Sharp will be out for “a while,” according to head coach Lindy Ruff, who is already dealing with a host of injury problems up front. Stars forward Patrick Eaves also left the game with a lower-body injury and didn’t return.

The Stars lost 4-3 in overtime, as the Kings recorded their first win of the season, although the eventual winning goal was reviewed for possible goalie interference.

From the NHL:

At 1:20 of overtime in the Kings/Stars game, the Situation Room initiated a review under the terms of a Coach’s Challenge to review whether a Los Angeles player interfered with Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen prior to Alec Martinez‘s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – good goal Los Angeles Kings.

Of course, Ruff didn’t agree with the league’s ruling on the play.

Welcome back: Patrice Bergeron leads Bruins to victory in return from injury

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BOSTON (AP) Patrice Bergeron scored the tiebreaking goal with 75 seconds left in his season debut to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

After missing the first three games with an unspecified injury, Bergeron returned to practice on Wednesday and took regular shifts in the home opener against New Jersey. He was on the ice when linemate Brad Marchand tied it 1-all with just under 10 minutes left in regulation, and he was there again to slide in the game-winner at the end.

Tuukka Rask had 28 saves for the Bruins, who fought off a power play for the last 50 seconds without allowing a shot.

Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider stopped 34 shots.

The game remained scoreless until Palmieri scored a power-play goal about four minutes into the third period. But Marchand tied it with just under 10 minutes left in regulation – his third goal and eighth point in four games this season.

Without Bergeron, the Bruins moved David Backes from right wing to center between Marchand and David Pastrnak. They combined for 16 points in the Bruins’ first three games.

The ceremonial first puck was dropped by 98-year-old former Bruins captain Milt Schmidt, with help from Bobby Orr. It was the 80th and 50th anniversaries, respectively, of their rookie seasons. They each went on to win the Stanley Cup twice, have their numbers retired in Boston and earn induction in the Hall of Fame.

Taylor Hall missed an open net early in the third after drawing a penalty that led to the Devils goal. Palmieri delivered early in the power play, shooting it under the bent knee of defender Brandon Carlo and through the legs of the screened goaltender.

Carey on: Price is victorious in long-awaited return to Habs crease

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price stops a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in New York  (AP Photo/Paul Bereswill)
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Al Montoya had done a nice job in net, filling in the previous three games for the Montreal Canadiens.

But on Thursday, Carey Price made his long-awaited season debut for the Habs.

A knee injury that ended his 2015-16 season for good following a Nov. 25 start, and a flu to begin this season had, for far too long, kept him out of the Montreal lineup, which desperately needed their star goalie, especially as the Canadiens faltered last season.

In his return against the Arizona Coyotes, he delivered a solid performance in net, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given what he was able to do for Canada at the World Cup.

Against the Coyotes, he made 27 saves, as the Canadiens took over in the second period and went on to a 5-2 victory. Shea Weber scored his first goal as a member of the Canadiens, deploying his booming slap shot on the power play.

But the night should belong to Price.

This has been a long time coming for Price, the Habs and their fans, who watched with frustration as Montreal’s terrific start to last season faded with Price injured.

He gave up two goals in the second period, and that was it. Coyotes rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun scored his first NHL goal, but Arizona never really got too close.

By then, the Habs were in control. And with Price as their goalie, just about every lead can feel like a comfortable one when he’s at the top of his game.

The Canadiens improved their record to 3-0-1. Another good start. A healthy Price gives them the best shot at sustaining it.

Video: Yakupov gets his revenge against Oilers, scores in return to Edmonton

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 13: Nail Yakupov #64 of the St. Louis Blues skates during warm ups prior to a game against the Minnesota Wild on October 13, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Nail Yakupov, the former first overall pick, wasn’t a fit in Edmonton.

That’s OK. He seems to be doing just fine with the St. Louis Blues.

On Thursday, facing his old team for the first time following the trade to St. Louis earlier this month, Yakupov buried his second goal of the season, exacting revenge on his former teammates to open the scoring.

That has to feel good for Yakupov, who struggled as a member of the Oilers, particularly over the last three seasons following a decent rookie campaign, which was shortened because of the lockout.

But he’s fit in with the Blues, with a goal and an assist coming into tonight’s game.

Related:

Yakupov returns to Edmonton, playing noteworthy role with Blues

‘It’s about time’ — Ducks finally get into the win column

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20:  Chris Wagner #21 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his goal at 11:24 of the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Despite giving the Flyers seven power play opportunities, the Anaheim Ducks escaped Philadelphia with a 3-2 victory on Thursday to conclude a five-game road trip to begin the season.

It’s Anaheim’s first victory of the season and first victory with Randy Carlyle back behind the bench, after three straight one-goal losses and a 0-3-1 record.

John Gibson took the win in goal, as he stopped 20 shots.

Penalties had been an issue for the Ducks through the first four games and that didn’t change Thursday. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were among those guilty of infractions against the Flyers.

The Ducks were guilty of taking five straight minor penalties in the second period, but the Flyers could only capitalize once on seven total opportunities with the power play. Certainly that’s one area of their game they would like to improve on.

After a difficult start, they still ended the road trip on a positive note, getting back into the early Pacific Division battle.

Ryan Garbutt, who isn’t known for his scoring ability, scored the winner in the third period.

“When you’re on the road, you need to find ways to win. It’s about time we won a hockey game, that’s for sure,” said Carlyle.