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Boston Bruins Vs. Montreal Canadiens At The Bell Centre

Video: Habs honor shooting victims by playing French anthem

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The Montreal Canadiens made a great gesture toward the 12 victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings on Saturday by playing France’s national anthem “La Marseillaise” before their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

You can watch video of that emotional moment below:

Nicely done by the Canadiens.

Varlamov, Avs are suddenly winning like they did last season

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Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has been pretty stubborn about that whole “getting massively out-shot but relying on your skill players and goalie to bail you out” thing.

Er, scratch that, Roy probably describes it as “shot quality over quantity” or something like that.

Either way, the Avalanche are suddenly starting to look like that 2013-14 team that surprised the NHL (or at least a squad that might flirt with a playoff berth). They edged the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Saturday while enjoying the type of advantages they leveraged last season:

Semyon Varlamov leading the way: Varlamov and the Avalanche are on a three-game winning streak. If you just looked at his save totals (37, 36 and 54), you’d wonder if you stepped into a time machine to early 2014.

Matt Duchene blowing some minds: It’s been a rough season for quite a few of Colorado’s top scorers, but Duchene also reminded us of how dangerous he can be. Just look at this nutty goal from today:

The best sign is that Colorado is always getting dominated in the sheer volume of shots department, though. The Avalanche won seven of 10 games, and equaled or exceeded their opponents’ shot totals four times in that span. (Hey, baby steps.)

Will Colorado keep up the good work? The road is still bumpy ahead, but it looks like many celebrated the Avalanche’s demise a bit early.

Report: Steve Mason is only expected to miss one week

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The bad news is that Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason injured himself again on Saturday. The good news is that the early prognosis is that he won’t miss much time with what appears to be a knee injury.

CSNPhilly.com reports through a source that Mason, 26, saw promising results from an MRI and is only expected to miss about one week with a “tweaked knee.”

In the next week, the Flyers have four games: vs. Tampa Bay on Monday, at Washington on Wednesday, vs. Vancouver on Thursday and at Buffalo next Saturday. Naturally, it’s dangerous to take injury updates like these too literally, as he could just as easily come back or miss quite a bit more time. Still, if it’s four games, that’s not quite a crisis, though it is a tough blow for Philly.

The Flyers might want to tread lightly here, however. Mason’s been tormented by back and knee issues quite a bit lately, and it might be prudent to err on the side of caution (for a change?).

While Mason’s 8-12-6 record is far from impressive, he’s kept Philadelphia in plenty of games, as his .919 save percentage can attest.

Red Wings’ Howard leaves on stretcher, won’t return because of groin injury (Update)

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It was a scary scene for the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, as Jimmy Howard needed help off the ice on a stretcher during tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.

Here’s video of the injury:

In the meantime, here’s a useful description of what happened:

Update: When you see the word “stretcher,” you imagine the worst, but it looks like a groin injury so far. That doesn’t mean that Howard will avoid missing a big chunk of games, however. He won’t return to Saturday’s contest.

If he’s out for a while, Detroit’s goaltending group is seriously depleted. Petr Mrazek may have to shoulder quite the burden with Jonas Gustavsson also on the mend.

So, who was the biggest All-Star snub?

Ottawa Senators v Washington Capitals
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The remainder of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game rosters were announced on Saturday.

While some “snubs” are probably quite happy about getting a break (especially Joe Thornton, who’s taking a nice trip to Cabo), you can bet plenty of fan bases will gripe about players who didn’t make it, even if they might not realize that all 30 NHL teams must be represented in some form.

Well, if you’re going to gripe about it, why not do it in the comfy confines of PHT? Before you vote for the biggest snub of them all, however, let’s take a look at who’s on the roster:

Fan voted: Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Forwards: 
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen: 
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Goalies: 
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rookies: 
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

OK, did you get a chance to scan the list? Good. Pick the biggest nub in the poll below. If your guy was double-snubbed (gasp), then write him in.