Hockey Today - Nov. 11

Hockey Today - Nov. 11

Knee injury sends Bruins goalie to IR
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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins placed goalie Manny Fernandez and forward Shawn Thornton on the injured reserve list Friday.

Fernandez strained his left knee during practice on Oct. 30. It's the same knee he injured last January, ending his season with the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins gave no timetable for his return.

Thornton broke a bone in his left foot and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Boston traded forward Petr Kalus and a fourth-round draft pick to Minnesota for Fernandez in July. He has a 2-2 record and a 3.93 goals-against average in four games this season.

Thornton has played in 13 games this season after joining Boston as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. In 2006-07, he had two goals in 48 games for the Anaheim Ducks and four goals in 15 games for Portland in the AHL.

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Islanders reacquire D Freddy Meyer off waivers from Phoenix
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders reacquired defenseman Freddy Meyer off waivers from the Coyotes on Saturday after losing him to Phoenix last month.

Meyer, scratched from the Islanders' first two games of the season, was placed on waivers Oct. 7 as New York tried to send him to Bridgeport of the AHL to make room for veteran defenseman Bryan Berard.

The Coyotes claimed him off waivers the following day.

New York has been short on the blue line recently due to injuries to Berard and Aaron Johnson, who had seen time up front as a forward, too. Berard could be back from his groin injury this week, but Johnson is expected to miss up to two months because of a knee injury sustained this week in practice.

''The injuries prove you can never have enough depth,'' general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. ''We've always liked Freddy. He's an intense competitor and he's a very solid defenseman in all areas who is still just 26 years old.

''We only lost him earlier in the season because of a numbers game. We are very happy to have Freddy back.''

After being claimed by the Coyotes, Meyer played five games with Phoenix and eight with the team's San Antonio AHL affiliate.

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Sunday's key NHL matchup notes
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Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

With a 4-3 shootout loss in Chicago on Oct. 6 and a 3-2 home loss to the Blackhawks six days later, Detroit is at risk of dropping three straight in this series for the first time since Nov. 3-Dec. 29, 2000.

Dan Cleary has been held pointless in two matchups this season with the Blackhawks, who drafted him 13th overall in 1997.

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

The Wild have won only four of 16 contests at the Pepsi Center.

The Avs are one of the toughest teams in the league at home, going 8-1-0.

Joe Sakic has 33 points in 36 games against Minnesota.

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SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 12

New Jersey at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST).

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was denied his 500th career win in Saturday night's loss to the New York Islanders.

STARS

Saturday

-Tim Thomas, Bruins, made 45 saves and Boston held off Buffalo 2-1.

-Kimmo Timonen, Flyers, had a goal and three assists to lead Philadelphia to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.

-Rod Brind'Amour, Hurricanes, scored twice in Carolina's 5-3 win at Atlanta.

-Shawn Horcoff and Mathieu Garon, Oilers. Horcoff scored twice, including the winning goal, and Garon made 37 saves and Edmonton beat Calgary 4-2.

-Anze Kopitar, Kings, scored his second goal of the game 2:34 into overtime and Los Angeles rallied for a 6-5 win over Dallas.

-Vaclav Prospal, Lightning, had a goal and two assists and Tampa Bay beat Washington 5-2.

-Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil, Senators. Alfredsson had two goals and combined with Neil to score 1:40 apart in the third period to help Ottawa beat Montreal 3-1.

500 CLUB

San Jose center Jeremy Roenick scored his 500th NHL goal at the expense of his former team in Saturday night's 4-1 win over Phoenix. Roenick became the third American-born player to reach the plateau. ... Dallas' Mike Modano scored his 512th career goal in a 6-5 overtime loss at Los Angeles, tying him with Gilbert Perreault for 33rd on the all-time list.

KING-SIZED RALLY

Los Angeles scored five times in 5 minutes, 7 seconds late in the third period and once more in overtime for a stunning 6-5 win over Dallas on Saturday night. The Kings went ahead 5-4 with 2:07 left in regulation, but Stars forward Mike Modano tied the game on the power play with 65 seconds left. Anze Kopitar scored once during the third-period rally and the winner 2:34 into overtime. The Stars had won 34 consecutive games in which they had a lead of more than one goal.

BACKUP PLAN

The New York Rangers started backup goalie Steve Valiquette for the first time this season and he made 32 saves in regulation and two more in the shootout for a 3-2 win at Toronto on Saturday night. The Rangers became the last NHL team to win away on the road this season (1-5-1).

SATAN'S HELPERS

Miroslav Satan scored his third straight winning goal in helping the New York Islanders defeat New Jersey 2-1 on Saturday night. Satan capitalized on the front end of a two-man advantage at 6:25 of the third period to put the Islanders in front for good. He has all five of his goals, plus five of his six assists in the past seven games, recording at least one point in each game.

STREAKING SID

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby extended his career-best, point streak to 16 games with an assist in a 5-2 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday night.

HOT ROD

Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour has points in 14 of 17 games, including a two-goal effort in Saturday night's 5-3 win at Atlanta. He has at least one point in each of the team's 10 wins.

OFFSENSIVE OFFENSES

Boston has been held to two goals or fewer in eight of the last 10 games, but still snapped a four-game losing streak with its 2-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday night. The Sabres had been shut out in two of their previous three games.

FLICKERING FLAMES

Calgary has lost five straight, including three in a row at home after a 4-2 defeat to Edmonton on Saturday night.

BUSY NIGHT

New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery had a verbal confrontation with Toronto's Darcy Tucker during pre-game warmups on Saturday night, fought Tucker in the first period, and later added a goal and an assist in the 3-2 shootout win over the Maple Leafs.

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS

Marcel Hossa scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory at Toronto on Saturday night. ... Martin Erat scored the only goal in the tiebreaker to lift Nashville over Columbus 4-3.

SWEETENING THE POT

The city has made another offer to a local group seeking to buy the Predators, proposing a more generous arena lease in exchange for a commitment to stay in Nashville for five years. Under the deal offered Friday by Mayor Karl Dean, the Predators could still leave town in three years if the investors were to lose $20 million in that time and paid attendance were to fall below 14,000 per game.

WELCOME BACK

The New York Islanders reacquired defenseman Freddy Meyer off waivers from Phoenix on Saturday after losing him to the Coyotes last month. Meyer was placed on waivers Oct. 7 as New York tried to send him to Bridgeport of the AHL. The Coyotes claimed him the following day.

SPEAKING

''We're not going to go anywhere if we continue to play like that. We made a point of it before the game to start putting some points together at home. We're awful at home right now. We can't get it done and the third period was a prime example of that.'' - Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig after Tampa Bay scored four times in the third period for a 5-2 win over the Capitals on Saturday night.

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