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Goalie nods: Mason out 2-3 weeks, Howard backs up tomorrow

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All the latest from the crease…

Flyers lose Mason, again

Steve Mason will be out 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, per the Courier-Post. News of the timetable comes just two days after Mason exited Sunday’s win over Washington following a setback with his knee, which has caused the 26-year-old problems all season long.

With Mason out, Ray Emery will assume starting duties with 21-year-old Anthony Stolarz backs up. Stolarz is with the team because Rob Zepp, who’s appeared in six games for the Flyers this season, is currently hurt with AHL Lehigh Valley.

Jimmy’s back

On the other end of the injured goalie spectrum, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard will dress for the first time in over a month when the Wings take on the Penguins tomorrow.

Howard, who hurt his groin on Jan. 10 against Washington, will serve as Petr Mrazek’s backup and could return to the crease in Detroit’s following game on Saturday against Winnipeg.

The 30-year-old’s return will be a welcome one. Howard was playing extremely well at the time of his injury, going 16-7-7 with a 2.11 GAA and .920 save percentage, with two shutouts.

Elsewhere…

Stars at Bruins: Niklas Svedberg for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Ottawa at Buffalo: Robin Lehner vs. Jhonas Enroth

Oilers at Isles: Viktor Fasth vs. Jaroslav Halak

Flyers at Habs: Ray Emery vs. Carey Price

Ducks at Panthers: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Roberto Luongo

Coyotes at Blues: Mike Smith vs. Jake Allen

Bolts at Preds: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. Pekka Rinne

Wild at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, no word on a Minnesota starter.

Dubnyk, Perry, and Desharnais are NHL’s three stars of the week

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Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, Ducks winger Corey Perry and Canadiens center David Desharnais have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.

From NHL.com:

Dubnyk went 2-0-0, stopping all 42 shots he faced to lead the Wild (25-20-6, 56 points) to a pair of shutout victories and their season-high fifth consecutive win overall.

Perry shared the League lead with four goals and six points in four outings to help the Ducks (34-13-7, 75 points) gain five of a possible eight standings points.

Desharnais paced the NHL with five assists and a +6 rating and also shared the League lead with six points to power the Canadiens (34-15-3, 71 points) to two wins in three starts.

Related: It’s not just the goaltending that’s improved for Minnesota

Boudreau: Andersen says he is fine after injury scare

The Anaheim Ducks are coming off of a loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but they have a reason to feel upbeat this morning, as it appears that Frederik Andersen avoided an injury on Sunday.

There was some concern that he was hurt after a net fell on him yesterday, but head coach Bruce Boudreau said that the young goalie told him he was fine, the OC Register’s Eric Stephens reports.

That’s certainly a relief for the Ducks as they’ve leaned on the 25-year-old goalie more than just about anyone expected after coming into 2014-15 expecting a timeshare between Andersen and John Gibson.

Andersen is tied with Carey Price for second in the NHL for wins with 29 this season as he helps the Ducks continue their strong success in regular season play.

Here’s video of the moment that left the Ducks worried:

Considering how much Ilya Bryzgalov has struggled, Anaheim really dodged a bullet here (assuming there isn’t a setback).

Canadiens complete season series sweep of Bruins

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After losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 2014 playoffs, the Boston Bruins couldn’t weren’t able to get revenge at any point during the 2014-15 campaign. Montreal earned a 3-1 victory against Boston tonight to complete their 4-0-0 sweep of the regular season series.

As was the case in the previous two meetings, Carey Price stood tall against the Bruins. He kicked out 34 of 35 shots, frustrating Boston’s shooters all game. It wasn’t until 15:29 of the third period that 18-year-old David Pastrnak just barely beat the Canadiens goaltender by knocking the bouncing puck towards the crease.

That ended Price’s shutout streak against the Bruins at 159:25 minutes, per Boston’s Twitter feed. It gave the Bruins hope in the final minutes of the game, but Boston couldn’t even things. Instead, Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov fired on the empty net with 31 seconds left in regulation time to give Montreal all the insurance it needed.

Max Pacioretty also came up big for the Canadiens tonight with an assist and the game-winning goal on a breakway.

Although the books are closed on the regular season meetings between Boston and Montreal, we might not have to wait much longer to view the next chapter of this rivalry. It’s entirely possible that the Bruins will end up facing the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. Of course, for that to happen, Boston needs to hold onto its postseason spot. With a 28-18-7 record, the Bruins have a six-point cushion in the Wild Card race.

NHL on NBCSN: The Bruins look to avoid a fourth straight loss vs. Montreal

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Boston Bruins host the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight.

The Montreal Canadiens will look for a sweep of the four-game season series as they visit the Boston Bruins tonight.

The Habs have out-scored the Bruins 13-5 in the three meetings this season.

It would be the Canadiens first season series sweep since they won all eight meetings during the 2007-08 season.

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has two goals and four assists while Max Pacioretty has three goals and two assists against Boston this season. Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson has a goal and two assists against the Habs.

There’s a chance Sunday’s game will feature a meeting of the Subban brothers. Habs defenseman P.K. Subban could face younger brother, and Bruins’ goaltender, Malcolm Subban.

Malcolm Subban has yet to make his NHL debut, but with the Bruins in the second of a back-to-back and Tuukka Rask playing Saturday night, the 21-year-old could see the net Sunday.

Rask has started each end of back-to-back games four out of nine times this season. He made 39 saves in Saturday’s win. Rask is 3-12-3 with a 2.81 G.A.A. in 18 career regular-season starts against the Canadiens.

Subban is 9-10-2 in 22 AHL games with Providence this season while posting a 2.47 G.A.A. and a .921 save percentage.

The Canadiens snapped a two-game skid with a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. David Desharnais had three assists in the win. He now has a goal and five helpers in his past three games.

Carey Price made 21 saves in Saturday’s win. Its unclear who will start for the Habs Sunday. Dustin Tokarski has faced Boston once back in 2012.

Boston enters the game six points back of Montreal in the Atlantic Division standings. The Bruins are 8-1-3 in their last 12 home games and have won three of four overall.