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Reaves suspended three games for charging Tennyson ‘dangerously’ from behind

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Blues forward Ryan Reaves has been suspended three games for driving Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson “dangerously into the glass” on Monday in St. Louis.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety noted in the explanatory video that Tennyson — who was injured on the play — was “never eligible to be checked” by Reaves.

“The movement made to play the puck may make [Tennyson] more vulnerable, but it does not excuse Reaves hitting through his back,” said DoPS director Patrick Burke.

Full explanation below:

Goalie nods: Varlamov has the flu so it’s Pickard against the Sharks

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The Colorado Avalanche will turn to backup Calvin Pickard tonight at home versus the Sharks (on NBCSN).

Regular starter Semyon Varlamov has the flu, according to coach Patrick Roy.

Pickard, 23, played well in his last outing, stopping 25 of 27 shots in a 3-2 win over the Oilers on Saturday. On the season, he’s 4-3-1 with a .918 save percentage.

The Avs are looking to rebound after a disappointing 5-1 loss in Vancouver on Sunday. Once they’re done with the Sharks, they’ll turn their focus to hosting the Red Wings outdoors on Saturday.

Martin Jones will be in net for San Jose.

Elsewhere…

Mike Condon for the Canadiens in Washington, where Braden Holtby is expected for the Capitals.

Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins in Boston, where Tuukka Rask is a go for the B’s.

Robin Lehner for the Sabres in Anaheim, where Frederik Andersen is likely for the Ducks.

Ed Belfour gets almost $35K for Olympic gold medal

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Ed Belfour’s decision to trade his Olympic gold medal to go into the distilling business with his son has paid off.

The medal the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games was auctioned off for $34,477 on Tuesday, according to the final bid listed by Classic Auctions. Overall, the 66 items of hockey memorabilia Belfour put up for sale sold for nearly $179,000.

Last week, Belfour said he was selling part of his collection to join son, Dayn, and establish Belfour Distilleries. The business is to be based in Texas and focus on distilling bourbons and whiskeys.

A mask Belfour wore from 1992-94 with Chicago sold for $15,307. Another mask he wore with Dallas in winning the 1999 Stanley Cup title sold for $7,853.

Report: Kovalchuk stripped of captaincy by KHL club

FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Kovalchuk left the New Jersey Devils and retired from the NHL, leaving $77 million on the table last summer to go back home and play in Russia. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, Kovalchuk said he has no regrets and looks forward to helping the host country win gold next month at the Sochi Games.  (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari)  FINLAND OUT
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Ilya Kovalchuk’s one-game scratching in the KHL playoffs has been extended by at least two games, according to Russian newspaper Sport-Express.

His “further fate” with SKA Saint Petersburg is “still under question,” per the translated edition of the story. The former NHL star has also reportedly been stripped of the captaincy. He has one year remaining on his contract with SKA.

If you’re just catching up on this, Kovalchuk, 32, was “removed” from the team and sent back to Saint Petersburg after game one of SKA’s first-round series with Lokomotiv, a 3-2 overtime loss in which he did not play well despite receiving 24:26 of ice time.

SKA won the next game without him. And now he’ll apparently miss the next two contests as well, on Thursday and Saturday in Saint Petersburg.

Kovalchuk, by the way, cannot return to the NHL for next season without receiving the approval of all 30 teams. (Though there has been talk of a loophole.)

Related: ‘We’ll see’ about NHL return, says Kovalchuk

Malkin, Bonino could return Saturday for Penguins

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They won’t play tonight in Boston, but Pittsburgh centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino could both return to the lineup Saturday at home versus Winnipeg.

So said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Malkin and Bonino both skated this morning with teammates.

Sidney Crosby, Matt Cullen, Oskar Sundqvist and Kevin Porter are expected to be the four centers against the B’s.

Sundqvist, who does not require waivers, will likely be returned to the AHL when Malkin and/or Bonino are ready to go.

The Penguins are currently at the 23-man roster limit; however, that still includes defenseman Ben Lovejoy, and he’s going to be out “long-term” with an injury.