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Former Boston Bruins', from left, Ken Linseman, Ray Bourque and Steve Heinze search for people in the stands before an outdoor hockey game against fellow alumni from the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, where the Bruins will play the Canadiens in the NHL Winter Classic on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Video: Highlights from Boston’s 5-4 SO win over Habs in alumni game


The latest incarnation of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins are set to play in Gillette Stadium tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET, but today the outdoor rink was tested out by some of the two franchise’s all-time greats for an alumni game.

It proved to be an even affair with Boston earning a 5-4 shootout victory after rallying back from a 2-0 deficit. Mark Recchi led the charge for the Bruins with two goals and an assist in regulation before finding the back of the net again in the shootout. It was Ray Bourque, though, who netted the shootout goal that pushed the Bruins over the top.

You can watch highlights of the action below:

Canucks’ Tanev should return on New Year’s Day

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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It looks like defenseman Chris Tanev‘s foot injury won’t keep him out of the lineup for long, which is great for the Vancouver Canucks at a time when they need all the help they can get.

Tanev has missed the Canucks’ last two games, but was able to participate in Thursday’s practice. The hope now is that he’ll be available for Friday’s contest against Anaheim, per the Vancouver Province.

The Canucks will be entering the new year with a 14-15-9 record that would put them significantly behind in the playoff race if not for the fact that they’re in the dreary Pacific Division. As it is that record puts them just outside of the third seed as they’re tied with Arizona in terms of points, but behind in the standings because Vancouver has played in two more contests.

So circumstances have provided the Canucks with a reason to stay hopeful, but it will be tough for them to make the playoffs unless they improve at home, where they’re currently 6-7-3. That’s what makes their current seven-game homestand so critical.

Tanev has been providing the Canucks with 21:33 minutes per game so far this season and losing him for any significant length of time might have been a costly blow to the team. It seems they’ll be able to avoid that one though.

Lehtonen only lasts one period vs. Blue Jackets


Kari Lehtonen wasn’t able to build off Sunday’s 22-save shutout.

Facing the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets, Lehtonen surrendered three goals on 14 shots in the first period and was consequently replaced by Antti Niemi for the second frame.

Lehtonen’s outing got off to a bad start as Boone Jenner scored just 35 seconds into the contest. It’s hard to blame that one on the goalie though as his teammates didn’t do enough to take the pressure off him:

That being said, you could argue that defenseman Kevin Connauton‘s first goal of the season is one Lehtonen would like to have back and the netminder didn’t look great on Matt Calvert‘s marker either:

Going into tonight’s game, Lehtonen had a 2.48 GAA and .915 save percentage in 17 contests this season.

Video: Marchand might face discipline for clipping Borowiecki

Marchand hit

The Boston Bruins have lost David Krejci (upper body) and now Brad Marchand might have taken himself out of the lineup as well.

Of course that remains to be seen, but Marchand did engage in a controversial low hit on Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki during tonight’s game, as you can see below:

Marchand wasn’t assessed a penalty for the hit, but the department of player safety will review it, per the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

If Marchand does get receive supplemental discipline, it wouldn’t be the first time that the NHL has taken issue with him clipping. He was suspended for five games for clipping Sami Salo in 2012. Marchand later defended the hit by saying “it technically wasn’t a clip.”


St. Louis Blues' Colton Parayko (55) reaches for the puck with Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)
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Tonight the Predators will get a chance at redemption after dropping their first two meetings with the Blues on Nov. 7 and Dec. 17. You can watch the contest on NBCSN or online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


The puck is set to drop at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Every game is critical for the Central Division adversaries given how stiff the competition is in that division. St. Louis holds the second seed with a 22-12-4 record, but just 10 points separate them and the sixth place Colorado Avalanche. In reality the gap is actually a little smaller given that the Blues have played in one more game than the Avalanche.

But while the Blues need to stay sharp to avoid slipping from their desirable spot near the top of the Central standings, Nashville’s position is more tenuous. The Predators’ 18-12-6 record would be good enough for the second spot in the Pacific Division, but it places them fifth in their division. Their record is still good enough to possess the second Wild Card seed, but with Colorado on the rise, Nashville needs all the points it can get.

Last games

Nashville: Won 5-3 over the New York Rangers. James Neal scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season.

St. Louis: Lost 3-0 to the Dallas Stars. Brian Elliott, who lost the starting job, was the tough luck loser as he turned aside 35 of 37 shots.