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Goalie nods: Howard returns for Detroit

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All the latest from the crease…

Jimmy’s back

Jimmy Howard will return from a one-game absence when Detroit takes on Montreal at the Bell Center tonight. Howard, who sat out Saturday’s win over Toronto with a groin strain, has been excellent to start the season, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage; that said, Detroit has also received stellar goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson, as he posted a 30-save shutout in the aforementioned weekend victory against the Leafs.

For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start — he’s coming off a solid 32-save effort in a win over Colorado on Saturday.

Elsewhere…

Sharks at Bruins: Antti Niemi for San Jose; Tuukka Rask probable for Boston

Rangers at Devils: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at Isles: Jonathan Bernier vs. Jaroslav Halak

‘Canes at Jets: Anton Khudobin vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Coyotes at Preds: Devan Dubnyk for Arizona; Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville

Flyers at ‘Hawks: Steve Mason vs. Antti Raanta

Canucks at Stars: Ryan Miller for Vancouver; Kari Lehtonen probable for Dallas

Panthers at Avs: Roberto Luongo vs. Reto Berra

Lightning at Flames: Karri Ramo for Calgary; no word on a Tampa Bay starter

Martin Havlat basically had his face put back together

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After suffering severe facial lacerations from a collision during Thursday’s game against Washington, Devils forward Martin Havlat revealed what it took to put him back together again:

That’s the end result of 55 stitches and a “re-attached” upper-lip, per NJ.com.

Amazingly, Havlat nearly played on Saturday — just two days after getting busted up — taking the warmup for New Jersey’s game against San Jose, only to be ruled out prior to puck drop.

On Monday, head coach Peter DeBoer said Havlat “looked good” (relatively speaking) and suggested he’d be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers.

Crosby picks up 500th assist as Pens halt Isles’ streak

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The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three unanswered goals to erase an early 1-0 Islanders lead and pick up a 3-1 victory Saturday night.

Evgeni Malkin tallied on the power play while Patric Hornqvist scored twice in the win.

With his assist on Hornqvist’s second of the night, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby reached the 500 assist mark for his career.

According to NHL.com, Crosby became the sixth fastest player to reach 500 assists and joined Mario Lemieux (1,033) and Jaromir Jagr (640) as the only Penguins to have reached the milestone.

Thomas Hickey had the lone goal for the Islanders, who lost for the first time in five games.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for the win. The Penguins have now won three of their first four games.

Thornton’s 1,200th point helps Sharks past Devils

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Joe Thornton’s third period, empty net, goal was his 1,200th career NHL point – it was the insurance marker as the San Jose Sharks doubled up the New Jersey Devils 4-2 Saturday night.

Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau had the other Sharks goals while Adam Henrique and Mike Cammalleri scored for New Jersey.

Antti Neimi made 35 saves for his third win in as many starts.

Cory Schneider made 28 saves in the loss.

With his goal, Thornton becomes just the 46th player ever to reach the 1,200 point plateau.

Video: Devils’ Tootoo hits Burish, then fights Desjardins

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File this one under ‘typical NHL’.

New Jersey Devils tough guy Jordin Tootoo catches San Jose Sharks forward Adam Burish with a clean shoulder to shoulder hit, which Andrew Desjardins takes exception to and the two drop the gloves.

The fight was Tootoo’s first as a member of the Devils.