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Sabres’ prospect Sam Reinhart scores twice in Canada’s win over Finland

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Sam Reinhart scored twice and Max Domi added a pair of assists as Canada defeated Finland 4-1 at the world junior championship Monday night.

Reinhart, Buffalo’s 2014 first round pick, scored the eventual game winner at 13:34 of the second period giving the Canadians a 2-0 lead.

The 19-year-old opened the scoring at 5:32 of the first period putting home his own rebound.

Finnish captain, and Montreal Canadiens prospect, Artturi Lehkonen had the lone goal for Finland.

Zach Fucale, Montreal’s second round pick from the 2013 draft, made 27 saves for the win.

Per TSN’s Mark Masters, Fucale along with teammate Eric Comrie, a Jets’ prospect, combined for a shutout streak of 158 minutes and 26 seconds passing Jake Allen and Martin Jones’ mark set during the 2010 tournament.

Nashville Predators’ 2013 fourth rounder Juuse Saros made 32 saves in the loss.

Canadian captain, and Ottawa Senators prospect, Curtis Lazar along with Rangers’ prospect Anthony Duclair had Canada’s other goals.

Canada will look to remain perfect and lockup top spot in Group A when they face the U.S. on Dec. 31st while Finland (0-2-1), who won gold at last year’s tournament, will look for its’ first win when they play Germany on Wednesday.

So, a Senators defenseman got hurt during a round of pregame soccer

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During an 82-game season, NHL players get hurt in all sorts of ways. It almost seems surprising that we don’t hear about them getting banged up during the traditional round of pre-game soccer more often, really.

It appears that was the case for Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki on Monday, as the team announced that he suffered a leg laceration during pregame activities while TSN’s Chris Cuthbert clarified that it was specifically soccer.

At least Borowiecki shouldn’t feel alone among Senators who’ve been injured in odd and semi-comical ways, as Craig Anderson memorably hurt himself cutting chicken.

Patrick Wiercioch gets the nod against the Ottawa Senators with Borowiecki out of the lineup.

(Note: the main image features former Senators forward Cory Conacher, in case you’re curious.)

Goalie nods: Halak, Mason return from injury

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All the latest from the crease…

Halak back for Isles

After missing the last two games with a lower-body injury, Jaroslav Halak will be back in goal when the Isles take on the Caps tonight.

Halak, who last played in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Dec. 20, watched as his teammates lost both games in his absence — Chad Johnson was in for a 3-1 defeat to Montreal, then Kevin Poulin was on the hook for a 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo.

New York will be pleased to see Halak return. He’s been very good this year, posting an 18-6-0 record with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage, with three shutouts.

For the Caps, Braden Holtby will be in goal.

Mason returns for Flyers

Steve Mason will be back in goal for Philadelphia this evening when the Flyers take on the Coyotes in Arizona.

The Flyers fared quite well without Mason, who’s missed the last four games with a back injury. They went 3-1-0 in his absence, with Ray Emery recording a pair of wins and 33-year-old Rob Zepp getting a victory in his first-ever NHL contest.

That said, Philly will be glad to see Mason return. He’s been very good this season; despite his 6-10-5 record, he’s managed to post a .921 save percentage and 2.49 GAA.

For the Coyotes, Devan Dubnyk will be in goal.

Elsewhere…

Red Wings at Bruins: Jimmy Howard vs. Tuukka Rask

Pens at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Habs at ‘Canes: Carey Price vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Sens: Jhonas Enroth vs. Craig Anderson

Leafs at Bolts: James Reimer vs. Ben Bishop

Wild at Jets: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota, Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg (read more here.)

Avs at Blues: Semyon Varlamov vs. Martin Brodeur (read more here.)

Preds at ‘Hawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word yet on a Nashville starter.

Rangers at Stars: Henrik Lundqvist for New York, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Kings at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

PHT Morning Skate: Wolski shows off nice hands in shootout goal

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Wojtek Wolsk, who now plays for Torpedo Nizhny Novgoro in the KHL, showed off his soft hands during the shooutout in a recent game against HC Dynamo Moscow.

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NHL Winter Classic: Setting up rinks a shared passion for father and son (The Washington Post)

Kings’ defenseman Alec Martinez admits contract talks are in the back of his mind (L.A. Kings Insider)

Did the Devils contact Adam Oates without permission? NHL and Capitals consider case closed (The Bergen Record)

Sharks’ Nieto set for return after missing 9 games (CSN Bay Area)

Travis Green and Mike Stothers named coaches for AHL All-Star Classic (The AHL)

Curtis Lazar and Connor McDavid: Junior hockey’s odd couple (Toronto Star)

What can the NHL do to get more fans? (The Hockey News)

Canadian gold-medal Olympic men’s hockey team named CP Team of the Year (The Canadian Press)

Sabres recall Pysyk from AHL

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled defenseman Mark Pysyk from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League the club announced Sunday.

According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, the recall is a result of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen falling ill on Saturday.

Pysyk, 22, is on his second recall with the Sabres this season. He was recalled by the Sabres on Dec. 21 and appeared in two games averaging over 20 minutes in ice time before being reassigned Dec. 24.

Pysyk has a goal and 10 assists in 30 AHL games this season.

Originally Buffalo’s first-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2010, Pysyk has appeared in 65 games for the Sabres scoring two goals and 10 assists.

The Sabres are back in action Monday when they visit the Ottawa Senators.