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Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry celebrates his goal with left wing David Perron, center, and defenseman Sami Vatanen, left, of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

Ducks announce Perron ‘week-to-week’ with shoulder injury

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The shoulder injury David Perron suffered during Sunday’s game against Winnipeg will keep him out of Anaheim’s lineup for the foreseeable future, head coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed on Monday.

“He’s going home for an MRI,” Boudreau said, per PHT’s Joey Alfieri. “It’s a shoulder injury. I don’t know how bad it is, but I assume it’s week-to-week.”

Perron was knocked out of action early against the Jets, and didn’t return. He finished with just 5:07 of ice time.

On Tuesday, the Ducks will play their second of a five-game Canadian road trip that goes through Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. Given Perron went back to Anaheim for medical evaluation, it’s safe to rule him out for the remainder of the swing — which would be a big loss.

Perron has been terrific since coming over from Pittsburgh in the Carl Hagelin trade, scoring eight goals and 20 points in 28 games.

With Perron out of the lineup, the Ducks could insert Mike Santorelli into the lineup as a replacement forward.

Crosby, Quick, Monahan named NHL’s three stars of the week

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (c) celebrates his empty net goal at 19:21 of the third period against the New York Rangers and is joined by Bryan Rust #17 (l) and Tom Kuhnhackl #34 (r) at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2016 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick and Calgary center Sean Monahan have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Mar. 20, the league announced on Monday.

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Crosby shared the League lead with 2-5—7 in four outings to help the Penguins (40-24-8, 88 points) extend their winning streak to six games and move into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Quick went 3-0-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average, .953 save percentage and one shutout to help the Pacific Division-leading Kings (44-22-5, 93 points) post four victories and clinch their sixth playoff berth in the past seven seasons.

Monahan paced the NHL with five goals and tied for the League lead with seven points in four games to lift the Flames (31-35-6, 68 points) to a 3-0-1 record.

And heeeere come the Penguins. Led by Crosby’s scoring exploits, Pittsburgh currently holds home-ice advantage in the opening playoff round, and is now just one point back of Florida for the second in the overall Eastern Conference standings.

Crosby also now sits third in the NHL in scoring with 76 points, trailing only Jamie Benn (80) and Patrick Kane (92).

NHL on NBCSN: Flyers visit Brooklyn, look to rebound from tough loss to Pens

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Tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers — fresh off an ugly 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, and losing goalie Michal Neuvirth (lower body) for the next three weeks — will look to get things back on track with a strong showing in Brooklyn against the Isles.

You can catch the game on NBCSN (7:30 p.m. ET), or watch live online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Some game notes to pass your way:

• Tonight’s game features two Metropolitan Division teams separated by 5 points. The Islanders occupy the 1st Wild Card spot, while the Flyers are the first team out of the playoff picture – 3 points behind DET.

•  The Islanders are 3 points behind NYR for 3rd in the division. The Rangers host the Panthers tonight.

• Both the Flyers and Islanders are coming off bad losses on Saturday. The Flyers lost at home 4-1 to the Penguins, putting up a season-low 17 shots, while the Islanders lost on the road 3-0 to the Stars. The Islanders have now lost 3 straight (0-2-1), and have not lost 4 straight games all season.

• On Sat, the Flyers lost in regulation for the first time in over 2 weeks (lost 4-0 to EDM on Mar 3). The loss ended a 6-game point streak (5-0-1). The Flyers haven’t lost 2 straight in regulation since early February (@WAS & ANA on Feb 7 & 9).

• The Islanders are 1-3-2 in their last 6 games since losing Jaroslav Halak to injury. Halak suffered a lower-body injury in NYI’s 2-1 vs PIT on March 8. NYI was 11-2-1 from Feb 7 – March 8.

• NYI’s loss on Saturday left them outside the top 3 in the Metropolitan for the first time since Feb 6. After briefly holding the 2nd Wild Card spot last week, PHI is now 3 points behind DET for the final Wild Card spot.

• The Flyers are also without a goaltender – they announced Sunday that former Islander Michal Neuvirth will be out for the remainder of the regular season (3 weeks) with a lower-body injury. Steve Mason will take over the starter’s role in Neuvirth’s absence.

• Neuvirth is 17-8-4 on the season with a 2.28 GAA and a .925 SV%. He had won 4 of his last 5 starts.

• Mason is 17-16-8 this season with a 2.62 GAA and .915 SV%. He is 4-1-1 in his last 7 starts.

• Mason started all 3 previous meetings vs NYI this season, going 1-1-0. He was pulled in PHI’s 4-3 shootout loss on Dec 8 after allowing 3 goals on 10 shots.

• Backup Anthony Stolarz, who was called up on Sunday, has never played in an NHL game.

• Though PHI has gone 4-1-1 so far in a 7-game stretch vs current playoff teams, the loss of Neuvirth comes at a bad time for the Flyers. PHI has 4 remaining back-to-back sets (including tonight & tomorrow at CBJ).

• Their final 6 games are 3 separate back-to-backs in the final 9 days of the season (4/2 – 4/10).

• 8 of NYI’s final 12 games will be at home, where they have not lost in regulation since the All-Star Break. The Islanders are 6-0-1 in their last 7 home games.

• This is the 4th meeting between these 2 teams this season. They will meet again on the final day of the regular season – Sunday April 10 (a makeup game from Jan 23, which was postponed due to weather). NYI won the first 2 before PHI won the most recent 4-0. The Isles are 6-2-0 in their last 8 reg. season games vs PHI, and have won 4 straight home games vs Philly.

Jakub Voracek returned to the lineup Sat. after missing 9 games with a left foot injury. He had 1 shot in 13:46 ice time, his 4th-lowest this season, in the loss. He has 48 pts (10G-38A) this season, tied for 3rd on the team. Voracek had 17 pts (5G-12A) in the 16 games before getting hurt, leaving him now with 17 pts in his last 17 games.

• The Flyers begin a 4-game road trip tonight. Flyers captain Claude Giroux said, “I think it is good we are going on the road. We’ve got a tight group here. To go city to city to play some tough teams, it is going to be a really good challenge for us and be some fun.” PHI is 4-3-2 in its last 9 road games.

• Rookie d-man Shayne Gostisbehere has 4 goals in his last 6 games, but 0 points in 2 straight games. 15 of Gostisbehere’s 16 goals this season have tied the game or taken a lead.

• Gostisbehere is the 14th rookie d-man in NHL history with 16+ goals, joining Hall of Famers Brian Leetch, Phil Housley and Ray Bourque, to name a few.

Brayden Schenn has 26 pts (14G-12A) in his last 26 games. Schenn has a career-high 48 points (24G-24 A) this season. His 24 goals this season is also a career-high.

• After going 11-2-1 from Feb 7-March 8, the Islanders have tapered off significantly. Since losing Halak to injury, they have gone 1-3-2.

• On Saturday night, Islanders coach Jack Capuano shuffled the lines, putting Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome on the same line as John Tavares.

Thomas Greiss is expected to make his first start vs PHI this season. In the 5 games he’s started since Halak’s injury, Greiss has gone 1-3-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .918 SV%.

• This season, Greiss is 19-9-4 with a 2.26 GAA and .928 SV%.

No hearing for Weber after boarding Rust

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Caps defenseman Mike Weber won’t face a disciplinary hearing for a boarding major on Pittsburgh’s Bryan Rust during Sunday’s action, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Weber was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit, which occurred with about 10 minutes remaining in Pittsburgh’s eventual 6-2 win. Rust wasn’t injured on the play.

Weber, acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline, has a relatively clean disciplinary record, which may have played into his favor.

The 28-year-old was playing in just his seventh game since getting dealt from the Sabres.

Carlson (lower body) ‘pretty darn close’ to returning to Caps lineup

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John Carlson has been out of the Washington lineup since late February but, to hear him explain it, he won’t be for much longer.

From the Washington Post:

Sidelined the past nine games, Carlson took part in Washington’s morning skate ahead of Friday’s game against Nashville and proclaimed himself to be “pretty darn close” to returning to the lineup. He first suffered a lower-body injury back in December, returned too soon just before the All-Star break and hasn’t played in a game since undergoing an undisclosed procedure on Feb. 27.

But Carlson skated for the first time since the procedure Monday and he is eligible to come off the long-term injured reserve list Sunday when the Capitals play at Pittsburgh.

Carlson, who’s only appeared in 47 games this year, has been productive offensively — 31 points — and is coming off a breakthrough campaign in which he finished top-10 in All-Star and Norris voting.

So, needless to say, his return will be a welcome one.

Once the 26-year-old is back healthy and playing, Washington will be an even more fearsome playoff opponent. The Caps are essentially at 100 percent full health, which will undoubtedly help them in their quest to get past the second round for the first time since 1998.