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Caps place Brooks Laich on waivers; Coyotes claim Jiri Sekac

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A lot of activity on the waiver wire on Saturday.

The Washington Capitals have placed veteran Brooks Laich on waivers.

The 32-year-old has been with the Capitals since 2003-04 and has had some productive seasons, but those days appear to be long gone.

Laich has just one goal and seven points in 59 games this season.

He has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million which makes anyone else claiming him extremely unlikely.

Should the Caps decide to send him to the minors, they’d save $950,000 on the cap.

Max Talbot (Bruins) and Chris Porter (Wild) were also placed on waivers by their respective teams.

With Mikkel Boedker likely on his way out of Arizona, the Coyotes claimed forward Jiri Sekac on waivers from the ‘Hawks.

Sekac has an intriguing combination of size and skill, but he’s been unable to put it all together since coming to the NHL last season.

This will be his fourth stop (Montreal, Anaheim, Chicago, Arizona) in less than two seasons.

The 23-year-old has one goal and four points in 28 games in 2015-16.

Claude Julien closes in on Bruins milestone after victory over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Matt Beleskey scored goals in the first and third periods, leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

It was the 388th regular-season victory for Boston coach Claude Julien, who needs two wins to tie Art Ross as the Bruins’ career leader.

The Hurricanes lost in regulation for just the third time in their last 16 home games (10-3-3). But, Carolina has lost in regulation on back-to-back nights.

Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston in the first period, and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds. Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots.

Noah Hanifin had Carolina’s lone goal.

Hurricanes center Brad Malone, who is currently on waivers, played in his first game since Jan. 24.

The Bruins led 2-0 after a first period in which the Hurricanes had 12 shots on goal to Boston’s 11.

Bergeron put the Bruins ahead at 10:26 of the first, taking Brett Connolly‘s pass low in the right circle and roofing the puck over Ward’s right shoulder.

Beleskey doubled the lead on the power play at 12:38, scoring on a rush by lining the puck over Ward’s glove from the left circle with Torey Krug on the helper.

Carolina outshot the visitors 10-6 during a second period played without a penalty.

Hanifin halved the lead at 3:00 of the third, lighting the lamp by ricocheting the puck off Rask’s skate. But Beleskey got his second goal of the night at 6:24, beating Ward from the low slot on an assist from Ryan Spooner.

NOTES: The Hurricanes host St. Louis on Sunday before playing their next two on the road. … Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday in the opener of a four-game homestand. … Carolina D Justin Faulk (lower body) missed his second straight game, while C Andrej Nestrasil (back) C Jay McClement (upper body) and D Justin Faulk (lower body) were also out. … C Max Talbot, RW Tyler Randell and D Zach Trotman were all healthy scratches for the Bruins. … Boston D Dennis Seidenberg was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup champions. … The teams’ other meetings this season are in Boston on March 10 and April 5.

Therrien was ‘disappointed’ by Habs fans who booed Markov

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Andrei Markov made a costly mistake last night.

It was just over halfway through the first period and his Montreal Canadiens were tied 0-0 with the Boston Bruins. That’s when Boston’s Max Talbot was stopped on a breakaway — only for Markov to clear the puck straight back to Talbot, who quickly shot it past Mike Condon.

The Habs went on to lose, 4-1. They are now 4-16-1 in their last 21. They are also no longer in a playoff spot.

Afterwards, a disappointed Markov took responsibility for his blunder:

But coach Michel Therrien went to bat for his veteran defenseman.

“I was disappointed by a few fans who booed Andrei,” Therrien told reporters. “This guy gives everything that he’s got for this hockey team over the years. And he’s 37 years old and he’s a true professional … a true professional. But there’s times that are really demanding for Andrei. The thinking doesn’t follow the body. It’s happening to every player when they get to a certain age.”

Therrien was sure to add that, despite Markov’s advancing age, he didn’t think the player was “done.”

Still, Markov’s struggles are just one more thing for Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin to worry about, as if he didn’t have enough of those these days.

Related: Do the Habs need to make a trade?

Late goal by Jesper Fast gives Rangers 2-1 win over Bruins

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NEW YORK (AP) Jesper Fast scored on a deflection in front with 1:42 to play and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Monday night.

Derick Brassard also scored in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, including a highlight-reel stop on Max Talbot, as the Rangers beat the Bruins for only the fourth time in 12 meetings (4-8).

Jimmy Hayes scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask had 28 saves. Boston is 2-6-1 in its last nine games.

It marked the first time this season the Rangers overcame a deficit at the start of the third period and won in regulation. They were 0-11-2 entering the game.

Lundqvist kept the game tied with a magnificent save on Talbot shortly after Brassard evened the score early in the third.

With the goalie out of position after a shot in front, the puck came to Talbot to the left of a wide-open net. Lundqvist slid back with his pad on the ice and then lifted his leg to make a pad save as Talbot elevated the puck.

Fast got the game-winner by deflecting a point shot from defenseman Keith Yandle.

The Rangers needed only 35 seconds to wipe out a 1-0 deficit entering the third period. The big move was made by coach Alain Vigneault, who put Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash back on the same line.

New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh worked the puck along the left boards and shoveled it to Zuccarello. He worked his way toward the net and flipped the puck to the crease past Rask and defenseman Torey Krug to a wide-open Brassard for his 15th goal.

Hayes, who was playing against his brother, Kevin, for the fifth time, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 9:04 of the second period with a 40-shot snap shot to the corner of the net that simply beat a stunned Lundqvist.

The Bruins probably deserved a bigger lead. Ryan Spooner clanged a shot off the post on a first-period breakaway, and Bret Connolly rang another shot off the post late in the second period when Boston kept the puck in the Rangers end for almost the final 2 minutes.

Lundqvist, making his ninth consecutive start, became the first Rangers goalie to record 20,000 career saves.

NOTES: Rangers D Dan Girardi left with a lacerated hand in the second period and did not return. … With Chris Kreider returning to the lineup after missing two games with a cut hand, rookie Oscar Lindberg was a healthy scratch for the second time this season. … The game was Boston’s third on a five-game road trip, with the final two stops in Philadelphia and Buffalo. … The Rangers play their next three on the road against the Islanders, Flyers and Capitals. … Krug played in his 200th NHL game, while fellow Bruins D Adam McQuaid missed his third straight with an upper-body injury.

This story has been corrected to reflect that the Rangers are 4-8 in their last 12 games against the Bruins.

Bruins send Talbot back to AHL

The Boston Bruins have reassigned veteran forward Max Talbot to AHL Providence.

Talbot was recalled last week in the wake of Chris Kelly‘s injury. However, with the emergence of Frank Vatrano and the expected return of David Pastrnak from a foot contusion, Talbot was not able to maintain his spot on the roster.

Vatrano, 21, has played two games for the Bruins. He scored in his first, at Montreal on Saturday. And while he didn’t score in his second, he did register five shots Sunday in Brooklyn.

Talbot didn’t register a point in his three-game return to the B’s. He was a combined minus-2 with five shots.

The Bruins host Colorado on Thursday.

Related: B’s recall AHL goal-scoring leader Vatrano