San Jose Sharks

Sharks hand Leafs a fifth straight road loss

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San Jose scored twice in an 11 second span of the first period and Tommy Wingels added an empty netter in the third as the Sharks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Thursday night.

Tyler Kennedy and Patrick Marleau scored before the midway mark helping the Sharks jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Defenseman Justin Braun had two assists in the win.

Roman Polak had the lone Leafs goal.

Toronto has now lost five straight on the road and have one win in their last seven games. The Leafs scored just one goal in three games in California over the last four days.

James Reimer made 39 saves in the loss while Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots in the win.

Video: Sharks score twice in 11 seconds vs. Leafs

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Tyler Kennedy and Patrick Marleau scored 11 seconds apart in the first period to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.

Roman Polak finally got the Leafs on the board with his fifth of the season setting a new career high.

Entering tonight’s action, the Leafs had not scored a road goal since the 2:19 mark of second period Jan. 3 in Winnipeg.

Goalie nods: After replacing Lundqvist last game, Talbot gets big test vs. B’s

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All the latest from the crease…

Talbot starts in Boston

Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games

Some reactions:

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.

Elsewhere…

Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)

Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.

Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo

Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop

Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.

Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott

Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)

Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith

Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

Torres skates, but has ‘a long way to go’ before returning

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Raffi Torres hasn’t played a game this season for the San Jose Sharks. But he appears to be working towards a comeback, having skated on Wednesday, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

“We’re not counting him out,” head coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News.

“If anybody can fight back it’d be Raffi. . . . I met with him today and he had a smile on his face, which was really good to see. He’s going to do everything in his power to come back and help the team, but he does have a long way to go.”

The 33-year-old Torres, a hard-hitting and gritty winger throughout his career, last played in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, on April 30, against the L.A. Kings.

In late November, it was reported he had hoped to soon start skating, after choosing in October to not undergo a second ACL surgery.

PHT Morning Skate: Junior hockey player manages to clothesline himself

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Mitchell Skiba, who plays for the Alpena Flyers of the Midwest Junior Hockey League, got internet famous when he accidentally took himself out with his own stick while trying to leave the ice:

Skiba said he’s okay via Twitter. He seems to be taking the entire event rather well as he’s retweeted several comments about his accident, including a Vine that features both the clothesline and a big hit he delivered prior to that (Warning: Some of Tweets in his timeline contain foul language).

(H/T to Puck Daddy)

If Joni Ortio is able to build off of his 36-save shutout on Saturday, then he might force Calgary to carry three goaltenders once Karri Ramo is healthy. (Calgary Sun)

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Martin Jones set a modern day record by recording seven shutouts in his first 29 games. (LA Kings Insider)

Will the Edmonton Oilers trade defenseman Jeff Petry? (Edmonton Journal)

Here are the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 7-2 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday:

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski wasn’t disappointed by his All-Star snub. (CSN Bay Area)

Lou Lamoriello, 72, had to lengthen his day after he added coaching duties on top of his other posts as the New Jersey Devils’ president and general manager. (The Bergen Record)