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Carlson dealing with ‘lingering injury,’ says Capitals coach Trotz

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The Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild on Friday, without defenseman John Carlson, who was scratched from the lineup due to a lower-body injury.

Carlson missed a stretch of 12 games from late December through late January and it appears that same injury is still bothering the 26-year-old blue liner, according to Capitals head coach Barry Trotz.

“He probably saw the doctors tonight and we’ll probably have an update (on Saturday) because I don’t really know yet,” said Trotz, as per CSN Mid-Atlantic.

“He’s not 100 percent or he would have played tonight. It is a lingering of the old injury so we just want to have the opportunity to let’s get it settled down or fixed.

“Whatever we need to do let’s just do it so that it’s not lingering on.”

The Capitals trailed the Wild going into the third period before Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th of the season and Dmitry Orlov notched the eventual winner in a 3-2 Washington victory.

After winning four straight games to begin the John Torchetti tenure, the Wild has now lost three straight.

Claude Julien closes in on Bruins milestone after victory over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Matt Beleskey scored goals in the first and third periods, leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

It was the 388th regular-season victory for Boston coach Claude Julien, who needs two wins to tie Art Ross as the Bruins’ career leader.

The Hurricanes lost in regulation for just the third time in their last 16 home games (10-3-3). But, Carolina has lost in regulation on back-to-back nights.

Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston in the first period, and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds. Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots.

Noah Hanifin had Carolina’s lone goal.

Hurricanes center Brad Malone, who is currently on waivers, played in his first game since Jan. 24.

The Bruins led 2-0 after a first period in which the Hurricanes had 12 shots on goal to Boston’s 11.

Bergeron put the Bruins ahead at 10:26 of the first, taking Brett Connolly‘s pass low in the right circle and roofing the puck over Ward’s right shoulder.

Beleskey doubled the lead on the power play at 12:38, scoring on a rush by lining the puck over Ward’s glove from the left circle with Torey Krug on the helper.

Carolina outshot the visitors 10-6 during a second period played without a penalty.

Hanifin halved the lead at 3:00 of the third, lighting the lamp by ricocheting the puck off Rask’s skate. But Beleskey got his second goal of the night at 6:24, beating Ward from the low slot on an assist from Ryan Spooner.

NOTES: The Hurricanes host St. Louis on Sunday before playing their next two on the road. … Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday in the opener of a four-game homestand. … Carolina D Justin Faulk (lower body) missed his second straight game, while C Andrej Nestrasil (back) C Jay McClement (upper body) and D Justin Faulk (lower body) were also out. … C Max Talbot, RW Tyler Randell and D Zach Trotman were all healthy scratches for the Bruins. … Boston D Dennis Seidenberg was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup champions. … The teams’ other meetings this season are in Boston on March 10 and April 5.

Blackhawks keep loading up for run at the Cup, acquiring Fleischmann and Weise from Habs

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The Chicago Blackhawks and general manager Stan Bowman aren’t messing around.

They continue to load up their roster ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, gearing up for another potential run at the Stanley Cup.

After picking up veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff from L.A. earlier on Friday, the Blackhawks acquired forwards Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Phillip Danault and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The move adds depth to an already strong cast of forwards in Chicago, which already landed Andrew Ladd in a deal with Winnipeg.

Weise, 27, was in the midst of a career year with the Habs. He had 14 goals and 26 points in 56 games and can provide versatility as a bottom-six forward and a physical presence, which should be a factor, especially if the Blackhawks get into a series against the more physical teams — L.A., Anaheim, St. Louis — in the West.

He was also able to chip in offensively in the playoffs for Montreal, particularly two years ago, and the Blackhawks could get a boost in secondary scoring if Weise can translate that to his time in Chicago.

Fleischmann signed a PTO with the Habs in September, before agreeing to a one-year deal. He now goes from a team that is likely to miss the playoffs to a team that could make another deep run.

Where, exactly, he slots into the lineup remains to be seen but he could be used as another depth, bottom-six forward and perhaps on the penalty kill as well.

For the Habs, they get a second-round pick, albeit a few years down the road, and a 23-year-old center in Danault, who is familiar Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin.

In terms of point production, Danault has shown progression over his previous two seasons for Rockford in the AHL. In 30 games this season with the Blackhawks, he scored once with five points.

“Phillip Danault is a young and gifted player who will be part of our core group of young forwards for many years to come,” said Bergevin in a statement.

“I am very pleased to have him join our organization. As a member of the Blackhawks management group, I was instrumental in the selection of Phillip in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.”

Jagr has been a ‘real blessing’ for Panthers since he was acquired one year ago

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With the Florida Panthers leading the Atlantic Division, it’s 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr who leads that team in scoring.

It was exactly one year ago that the Panthers acquired Jagr from the New Jersey Devils. It’s a deal that has certainly worked out for Florida.

Playing into his mid-40s is impressive. He continues to overtake some of the game’s best with career milestone after career milestone, making him one of the neatest stories in hockey.

And he continues to produce on a young team that appears, at this point in the season, to be well on its way to the playoffs. He’s hit the 20-goal mark — again — with 44 points in 57 games.

“It’s really had a great influence on our players and our organization and the marketplace,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon told the Miami Herald.

“It’s been a real blessing for us. You never know what you’re gonna get at that particular situation, but the last 20 games [of last season] set a tempo for this year. He’s very responsible for the development and maturation of our young players. Plus he’s contributed offensively as well. So it’s been all good.”

While the Jagr deal a year ago has had a positive impact for Florida, the Panthers appear to be making a bid right now to add to their group of forwards for the post-season push. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Panthers are making a push for Teddy Purcell ahead of Monday’s deadline.

He’s still got it: Joe Sakic scores with famous wrist shot during alumni game (Video)

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Joe Sakic can still shoot the puck.

That quick, accurate and lethal wrist shot that was his calling card throughout his career and used to haunt opposing goalies over the years, well, he’s still got it.

It was on display in the Avalanche-Red Wings alumni game on Friday, as the former Colorado captain skated in off the left wing — he was given plenty of time, too — and ripped a low wrist shot for the goal.