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Green calls Matheson’s hit, throw down of Pettersson ‘dirty play’

Travis Green wasn't pleased with what Mike Matheson did to Elias Pettersson on Saturday night.

"It's a dirty play," the Vancouver Canucks head coach told reporters postgame. "The league's trying to protect the good, young players, and that's just a dirty play."

The Florida Panthers defenseman hit Pettersson into the boards and slammed him to the ice early in the third period of a game the Canucks won 3-2.

Green didn't update Pettersson's condition, and he didn't want to address the possibility of payback.

"We won the game. I'm not going to comment on retribution or anything like that," he said.

Canucks forward Sven Baertschi weighed in on the hit too, saying it "looked like WWE to me," according to Sportsnet's Iain MacIntyre.

Pettersson played only two shifts in the third frame, and he didn't appear on the ice for the final 16 minutes.

Earlier in the game, he scored his fifth goal in five NHL games.

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Pettersson injured after being hit, slammed to ice by Panthers’ Matheson

Vancouver Canucks phenom Elias Pettersson left Saturday's game after Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson hit him against the boards and slammed him to the ice.

Pettersson, who scored his fifth goal in as many games earlier in the contest, played only two shifts in the third period and didn't return for the remaining 16 minutes of the final frame.

Canucks head coach Travis Green did not have an update on his star rookie when asked about him postgame.

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Austin Watson’s girlfriend, Jenn Guardino, clarifies incident

Jenn Guardino, the girlfriend of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson and mother of their daughter, took responsibility on Saturday for a summer incident that led to a suspension for Watson.

Guardino prefaced her statement by extending compassion to victims of domestic violence and thanking her friends and family for their support, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

"The incident that took place on June 16th, however, was not an act of domestic violence," Guardino added. "Austin Watson has never, and would never hit or abuse me. My behavior and state of intoxication led to the police being involved that day. I have struggled with alcoholism for many years and I am actively involved in (Alcoholics Anonymous).

"I am fortunate to have Austin's continued support with my treatment. We handled matters poorly on June 16th and know that we need to make better decisions going forward. I take full responsibility for my actions on that day. I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone involved for the negative attention that followed this incident, including the Nashville Predators community and the city of Nashville."

Watson was initially suspended 27 games in September, and an independent arbitrator later reduced the ban to 18 contests. He was arrested on a domestic violence charge in June, later pleading no contest.

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Panthers’ Haley enters player assistance program

Florida Panthers forward Micheal Haley will be away from the team while taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, the league and the union announced in a joint statement Friday.

"Micheal is a valued part of our team and Panthers family," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He has our full support as he takes the time he needs to tend to this matter."

Haley hasn't played in a game for the Panthers this season. The 32-year-old, who's in his second campaign with Florida, appeared in 75 contests in 2017-18, chipping in nine points while racking up 212 penalty minutes.

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Kesler makes season debut after missing time with sore hip

The Anaheim Ducks got a big boost on Wednesday night when Ryan Kesler was cleared to play against the Arizona Coyotes.

Kesler missed the Ducks' first three regular-season games while dealing with his bothersome hip, which required surgery in June 2017.

He was cleared for contact in September but didn't receive medical clearance to play in a game until Wednesday.

The 34-year-old missed essentially the first half of the 2017-18 season with the injury, returning in late December and producing 14 points in 44 contests before suiting up in all four of Anaheim's playoff games.

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Giroux says Flyers ‘played like sh-t’ in ugly loss to Sharks

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Claude Giroux did not mince words when asked about the Philadelphia Flyers' effort in Tuesday night's 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the San Jose Sharks in his club's home opener.

"I just think we played like shit tonight," the Flyers forward told reporters postgame, according to NHL.com's Adam Kimelman. "The score shows it. We just left our goalie to dry and (Brian Elliott) played a good game, he didn’t deserve that and it’s on us."

Elliott allowed all eight Sharks goals on 48 shots.

The Flyers were outshot by 15 and committed twice as many giveaways (14-7). San Jose also held a 59.57 to 40.43 edge in five-on-five Corsi For percentage, according to Natural Stat Trick.

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Elliott allows 8 goals as Sharks rout Flyers

The San Jose Sharks blew out Philadelphia 8-2 on Tuesday night, and Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott was left in for all eight of the markers.

The last time San Jose scored eight goals in a game was Oct. 8, 2013, in a 9-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

Elliott faced 48 shots in the loss.

He has started all three of the Flyers' games so far in 2018-19, allowing two goals in a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night, and four more in a 5-2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

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Report: Penguins won’t look externally for goaltending help

The Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly won't seek goaltending assistance from outside the organization in the wake of Matt Murray's latest concussion diagnosis.

"(The) Pens are optimistic that it may not be too long (for Murray to return), but in the meantime, the Pens will not be looking externally for any help," TSN's Bob McKenzie said on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading."

"Casey DeSmith is scheduled to be the starter against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. Tristan Jarry is coming back off (an) injury, DeSmith is ready to play, but for the foreseeable future, as long as Murray is out of the lineup, it's expected to be DeSmith and Jarry."

The Penguins revealed Tuesday that Murray sustained a concussion in Monday's practice.

It's his second in about eight months. He also suffered one in practice back in February.

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Report: Luongo to miss at least a week with knee injury

Roberto Luongo won't be available for seven days or more.

The Florida Panthers placed Luongo on injured reserve Sunday, reports The Athletic's George Richards.

The veteran netminder was hurt Saturday night when teammate Frank Vatrano fell on his right leg. Luongo left the game and didn't return, and James Reimer came on in relief.

Florida initially deemed it a lower-body injury, but head coach Bob Boughner said postgame that Luongo will undergo further tests on his right knee.

A source told Richards that it may not be much more than a sprain. The IR designation requires Luongo to miss at least seven days, but it could be retroactive to Saturday's contest.

The Panthers are off Sunday and will practice Monday. Michael Hutchinson was reportedly recalled Sunday in a corresponding move.

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Quick lands on IR after suffering injury in practice

The Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Jonathan Quick on injured reserve, the club announced Sunday.

Quick was initially deemed day to day earlier in the afternoon after sustaining what the team called a lower-body injury in Saturday's practice.

As a result of the IR designation, the netminder will miss at least a week. However, the designation could be retroactive to Friday, when he last played in an overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings recalled Peter Budaj from the AHL on Sunday in a corresponding move.

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