NHL on NBCSN: Bruins go for third win in a row against slumping Canadiens

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NBCSN’s coverage of the NHL continues on Sunday night when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Boston Bruins. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and you can catch all of the action on NBCSN or right here via our Live Stream.

Just one day after getting a rare win from one of their backup goaltenders the Boston Bruins are back in action on Sunday night when they host a Montreal Canadiens team that is trying to get back on track having lost five of its past six games, including a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

It is also the second Star Sunday feature on the NBC Networks with the focus in this game going to Montreal defenseman Shea Weber and Boston forward Brad Marchand.

With wins in each of Bruce Cassidy’s first two games behind the bench, including Saturday’s win over Vancouver thanks to a late David Pastrnak goal, the Bruins might be starting to get back on track. But before you rush and give all of the credit to the coaching change keep in mind that this is a team that has won five of its past seven overall, a stretch that has seen the team score 30 goals.

Offensively, it is their best seven-game stretch of the season and it was probably long overdue.

All season long the Bruins have been a team that has done a lot of the correct things that should lead to offense (most shots on goal per game in the NHL, one of the best possession teams) but have simply been unable to put the puck in the net. There were two very different opinions as to what this meant. On one hand, there was the shots and Corsi don’t matter argument that said the Bruins weren’t getting the “right” shots. On the other hand, there was the argument that said they were probably a little unlucky and that if they kept doing what they were doing the results would soon follow.

It seems the results are starting to arrive a little bit, at least offensively.

The thing about this Bruins team is that it was always a team that should have been better than it was offensively because of the talent it has up top with Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

Even right now, for as disappointing as the season has been offensively on a team-wide level, they still have two of the top-11 goal scorers in the NHL in Pastrnak and Marchand, while Bergeron has 23 points in his past 20 games. There is talent here.

They look to keep this recent strong play going on Sunday night against a Canadiens team that is having the exact opposite problem lately — they can’t score, averaging just a little more than two goals per game over their past 15. That lackluster offensive performance, combined with a down year from Carey Price in net (and what has been an extended slump over the past month)has resulted in just five wins during that stretch.

Senators goaltender Cam Talbot out 5-7 weeks with injury

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to be out five to seven weeks with what the team called an upper-body injury.

The Senators initially called Talbot day to day with what they hoped was a minor injury. Instead he’s now expected to miss at least the first month of the NHL season.

Ottawa claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken upon announcing Talbot’s expected absence. Hellberg, who played for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics could split time with countryman Anton Forsberg while Talbot is out.

The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota during the offseason to make him their starter after the Wild opted against bringing him back along with Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, 35, had a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.

Losing Talbot is a blow to the Senators, who also acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago and signed longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux as part of a move toward contending and ending their playoff drought.

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.