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Jets hope Pavelec, who’s started eight of last nine, will only miss a week

Ondrej Pavelec‘s been a busy man since getting recalled from the AHL, but he’ll be sidelined for at least the next week.

Pavelec, who exited Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota with a lower-body injury, is likely to be out for seven days with the ailment — and the Jets are hopeful it’ll only be those seven days.

“We’re hoping we could rehab this in a week,” head coach Paul Maurice said today, per the Sun. “Things have to go right kind of at each stage of this week, but we’re hoping it will be about a week.”

Pavelec allowed three goals on 14 shots against the Wild before exiting. And while his numbers aren’t great since the recall — 4-4-0, .888 save percentage, 3.55 GAA — the Jets insist he’s providing them with good goaltending.

“There’s a trust factor there,” captain Blake Wheeler said of Pavelec, also per the Sun. “He’s capable of making some big stops for us. He did that in Denver [23 saves on 27 shots on Feb. 4].

“He made some incredible saves. We get one or two of those we’re going to be tough to beat.”

The Jets are back in actino tomorrow, when they host the Blackhawks. Connor Hellebuyck is expected to get the start in goal.

 

Yandle fined for embellishing Phaneuf slash

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Florida defenseman Keith Yandle has been fined $2,000 for embellishing in a game against Ottawa, the NHL announced.

Yandle — who received his initial warning for an incident back in November — received the fine for his response to a Dion Phaneuf slash in the second period of Florida’s 6-5 win on Jan. 31.

Phaneuf was penalized on the play, as was Yandle. It’s worth mentioning the latter’s two-minute minor wasn’t for unsportsmanlike conduct, but rather for the retaliatory slash he put on Phaneuf.

Yandle is the third player to be dinged for diving/embellishment this year, joining Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Torts questions concussion protocol after Detroit incident

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On Tuesday night in Detroit, Columbus forward Josh Anderson took a high hit from Wings d-man Brendan Smith.

The NHL’s concussion spotter removed Anderson from the game and, after being examined by Detroit’s team physician — the Jackets don’t travel with one — the decision was made to keep the 22-year-old out for the remainder of the contest.

On Wednesday, Columbus physicians examined Anderson, and concluded there were no signs of a concussion. All of which made for a state of confusion for head coach John Tortorella.

“That was the protocol – which makes no sense to me. Some doctor just pulls him out and says, ‘You’re concussed’ and then we come back here and he isn’t,” Tortorella said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “It makes zero sense. And I lose a pretty important player.

“(Anderson) was checked the following morning by our doctor. The spotter pulled him out, out of the game, and called down and said, ‘he’s not playing.’ We have diagnosed him not being concussed. Who diagnosed it (Tuesday night)? Was it their team doctor? I don’t know how it all works. It doesn’t make a whole helluva a lot of sense to me.”

Anderson said he did “a couple physical things in the room,” with the Red Wings doctor, adding that everything went well. He said he told the physician he wanted to return to play, but was held out for precautionary reasons.

The NHL implemented independent concussion spotters in arenas this season, along with an additional crew that watches games from league offices. All of them have the authority to remove players exhibiting signs of a potential concussion.

As for the second step, league rules state that if the visiting team isn’t traveling with a physician, the home team physician will be in charge of examining players removed from the game.

Tough times for Perry, who’s mired in another scoring slump

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Corey Perry, a former 50-goal scorer and Hart Trophy winner, is going through one of the biggest slumps of his career.

One that’s essentially covered the entire season.

“It’s not fun, what’s going on,” Perry said of his scoring woes and the constant questions, per the O.C. Register. “I’ll tell you that right now.

“What do you think I’m going through?”

Here, numerically speaking anyway, is what he’s going through:

— Perry has just nine goals through 55 games this year.

— That’s put him on pace for 13, which would be his lowest total since breaking into the league a dozen years ago.

— He’s had goalless droughts of 18 and 13 games already, and is currently mired in a six-game slump.

Unsurprisingly, the Ducks’ offense has sputtered right along with Perry. They currently sit just 22nd in the NHL in goals per game, and have scored just four times in their last three contests.

Head coach Randy Carlyle said he’s talked “numerous times” to Perry about making tweaks and adjustments in his game, and noted that Perry’s responded accordingly — but the goals have yet to come.

So all parties involved have patience.

But one wonders when it might wear thin.

The Ducks could certainly use some help at forward, at least in terms of putting pucks in the net, so perhaps this situation could come to a head at the trade deadline — which is just weeks away.

Related: Is Anaheim readying to move a defenseman?

In statement, Julien gives thanks for ’10 unforgettable years in Boston’

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Just days after his dismissal, former Bruins head coach Claude Julien released his first public statement on the matter.

Here’s the release, per the Boston Globe:

“I would like first and foremost to thank the Bruins organization for allowing my family and I the privilege of spending 10 unforgettable years in Boston. We were proud to call this great city home for so long and will dearly miss it.

“To the players, past and present, medical and equipment staff, doctors and communications staff, all of whom worked hard for the success of our club with a team-first mentality, I cannot thank you enough for your commitment through it all.

“From the game day security crew to the volunteers that I was fortunate enough to meet throughout the years, I thank you as well.

“I certainly cannot sign off without thanking the people that made this time here so rewarding- the Boston Bruins fans. Your devotion, unmistakable passion, energy and support is what makes Boston the best sports city in the entire world!

“In leaving this organization, what I’m most happy about and most proud of is being part of the team that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Sharing that journey and the Stanley Cup celebrations with our players, families, staff and our fans produced so many incredible memories that I will never forget. To all that were part of it and helped along the way, I want to express a heartfelt ‘thank you.’”

At the time of his firing, Julien was the NHL’s longest-tenured bench boss. In addition to capturing the aforementioned Stanley Cup, he also won the 2009 Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach, and leaves as the B’s all-time leader in wins.

Related: What’s next for Julien?