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Capitals’ Burakovsky suffers upper-body injury, done for the night vs. Red Wings

The Washington Capitals will be without Andre Burakovsky for the remainder of Thursday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The 22-year-old forward left with an upper-body injury and would not return, the club stated in the second period, after he was hurt blocking a shot in the first period.

Replays show Burakovsky in obvious pain as he left the ice, taking off his glove and exposing his right hand as he went down the tunnel to the dressing room.

In 51 games this season, Burakovsky has 11 goals and 29 points, while averaging more than 1:30 per game on the power play.

Bruins chase Jones from Sharks net with first-period scoring outburst

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 01:  Goaltender Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks skates to the bench during a break from the first period of the NHL game against Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on November 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Well, that was quite a first period for the beleaguered Boston Bruins.

Playing for the first time in the post-Claude Julien era, the Bruins jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the San Jose Sharks after the opening period of Thursday’s game.

The scoring outburst chased Martin Jones from the Sharks net. He allowed three goals on 12 shots. Aaron Dell entered the game for San Jose to begin the second period.

Related: Pre-game reading: On the future of Claude Julien, who may be a fit for Vegas

Video: Simmonds snaps Flyers’ scoring drought

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers speaks with a referee during a play stoppage against the Anaheim Ducks at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The drought is over.

The Philadelphia Flyers had been shut out in each of their last two games, going 134:56 in between goals, their last coming in the third period against Montreal last week. But they busted the slump in the first period against the New York Islanders on Thursday, with Wayne Simmonds scoring the goal, his 22nd of the season.

Adding an assist on the goal? Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who is back in the lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch for three straight games.

It’s a ghost! Gostisbehere back in Flyers lineup versus Islanders

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18:  Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes a shot in the second period against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After being banished to the press box for three consecutive games, it looks like defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere draws back into the Philadelphia Flyers lineup for Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders.

The news comes with the Flyers having been shut out in each of their last two games, and needing some sort of spark offensively. Gostisbehere, a Calder Trophy finalist last year after 46 points in 64 games, has certainly shown capable of being productive in the past, and Philly could use that in its lineup.

This season, Gostisbehere has four goals and 21 points in 48 games, although he’s also dealt with a hand injury and spending time as a healthy scratch.

The sophomore blue liner has already stressed the need to play better in his own end, and he continued that message ahead of Thursday’s game, which you can catch on NBCSN or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

“That’s something that I bring to the table if offensive ability,” said Gostisbehere. “But we’ve been playing great defense, as well. I want to contribute in that form the most. I just want to show that I’m reliable defensively.”

The Flyers, despite recent struggles with only four wins in their last 10 games, still hold down a wild card spot, but the Islanders have been making a push to get into post-season contention, now sitting only three back of Philly in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

“I just want him to come in and play hard without the puck, and play confidently with the puck,” said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol of Gostisbehere.

 

Mikael Granlund a ‘hidden secret’ for Wild

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Mikael Granlund lets his actions on the ice speak for him.

Soft-spoken off the ice, Granlund is in the midst of a career year on it and that may be something of an understatement.

Granlund’s previous career best in points was 44, set a year ago. It’s the early days of February and he has already surpassed his point total from a year ago, and by the time this season is over, he will obliterate that previous standard, provided he remains healthy.

“He’s a hidden secret that’s probably not too hidden anymore,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He’s as good a playmaker as I’ve seen for a winger.”

On Saturday, he turned goal scorer, improving his point streak to 12 games with a hat trick — and an assist — in a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

He’s part of the larger scale turnaround in Minnesota, which rebounded from a disappointing loss to Calgary when the NHL schedule resumed earlier in the week.

The Wild now lead the Central Division by four points. Devan Dubnyk is once again a big reason for this team’s success, but Minnesota is also one of the most vaunted teams offensively. They’re third in the league in goals-for per game (3.33) and only the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers have been better.

From The Vancouver Sun:

Saturday night, the Wild’s nominal fourth line included Charlie Coyle (13 goals) and Chris Stewart (11 goals). There are seven other Wild players who’ve hit double digits in goals this season, and they don’t include Jason Pominville. Their second line — with Zucker, Granlund and Mikko Koivu — might be the best in the NHL, and they dominated the Canucks on Saturday night