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TORONTO -- Joffrey Lupul could be back soon for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the news wasnt so good regarding Tyler Bozak. Bozak is expected to miss at least 7-10 days with a lower-body injury, coach Randy Carlyle said after the Leafs 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. "With Bozak, hell be a little while here," Carlyle said. "That could get updated here as we go forward until we get a proper assessment." Bozak suffered the injury Friday night in Columbus. He did not play the final eight minutes in the loss to the Blue Jackets and the team announced about an hour before faceoff against the Penguins that the 27-year-old centre would not be in the lineup. Lupul missed the past two games with a bone bruise in his foot, but Carlyle said a CT scan revealed no fracture. The winger is expected to travel with the team on its road trip to Western Canada. "Were hopeful that he will play in Edmonton on Tuesday night," Carlyle said. With Bozak and Lupul out against Pittsburgh, Carter Ashton was called up from the Toronto Marlies and played 11:34. Bozak has three goals and three assists in 11 games this season. Lupul has six goals and four assists in 10 games. Jeremy Hill Orange Jersey . -- Champ Bailey finally gets a chance to live up to his name. Robert Geathers Orange Jersey . The All-Star point guard, sidelined for the past six months with a knee injury, was set to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup for Sunday nights home game against the Phoenix Suns, weeks earlier than expected. Abreu hit his 20th homer and Adam Dunn added a three-run shot as Chicago beat San Francisco 7-6 on Wednesday, handing the Giants their fifth straight loss. Terence Newman Jersey . Beaulieu has four goals and 10 assists in 32 AHL games and had one assist in five games for Montreal this season. The 23-year-old Nattinen has five goals and six assists in 37 games for the Bulldogs this season. A.J. Green Black Jersey .m. Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Seattle Sounders FC hopes to rebound from a mid-week loss at D.C. United when it travels to Columbus for a Major League Soccer clash with the Crew on Saturday. TORONTO -- With the Montreal Canadiens trying to chase down an unlikely playoff berth, Carey Price wasnt in need of any extra motivation. The goaltender stopped all 32 shots he faced Saturday as the Habs hammered the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 on a night the home team honoured long-time captain Mats Sundin. The Montreal players all came out to watch the banner-raising ceremony, but it didnt do anything to alter their focus. "Tonight was a big night for Sundin and I was really honoured to be a part of that," said Price. "But I didnt want to win it any more or any less just because it was a retirement party." Prices fourth shutout of the season couldnt have come at a much better time. It gave Montreal its fourth straight victory and moved the team to within seven points of the Maple Leafs for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The goaltender received a bit of luck from two shots off the post in the third period, but he looked calm and in control all night long. "I actually said to someone on the bench `He looks so calm out there right now I dont think theyre going to score a goal," said Habs forward Max Pacioretty. "Good thing I didnt jinx him. Its definitely motivating when hes playing like that because you want to win it for him and you want to give him the shutout." Pacioretty, Erik Cole, Rene Bourque, Lars Eller and Mathieu Darche scored goals for Montreal (23-24-9) while David Desharnais added two assists. The Maple Leafs saw their record drop to 28-22-6 with their most embarrassing loss since getting beaten 7-0 by Boston on Nov. 5. "Carey Price made all the stops and we didnt get very many, so it made for a difficult night," said Toronto coach Ron Wilson. There was more emotion than usual on an evening that started with Sundins No. 13 banner being raised to the rafters at Air Canada Centre. During a thoughtful speech, Sundin urged fans to embrace their young team because of how difficult it can be to play hockey in Toronto. Less than two hours later, the Leafs were being booed off the ice after 40 minutes. Montreal seized control during a second period that saw it score four times on seven shots against James Reimer. Cole started the barrage at 5:01 with a weak shot through the goalies legs -- a moment that ended up being a turning point in the game. "The first goal was probably a stoppable shot," said Wilson. "(It put us) down to a team that wants to play everybody back and rob you of your speed and the kind of game you want to play. That first goal was critical and we talked about that. It wasnt a good goal to give up and bad things happen after that..dddddddddddd." The Habs kept on coming with Bourque making it 2-0 less than two minutes on a one-timer before Pacioretty squeaked a shot past Reimer at 15:54 on the power play. It was the first goal the Leafs had surrendered while a man down in 18 games. For good measure, Eller extended the advantage to 4-0 at 18:54 after skating right around Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and beating Reimer, prompting a loud series of boos from the sellout crowd. It wasnt that long ago Montreal was being treated in a similar fashion, but the players believe theyve turned a corner since the all-star break. "Were just playing like a team," said Habs defenceman P.K. Subban. "I think that were all on the same page, were supporting each other through thick and thin. We have to continue to do that if were going to be successful as a team. "The moment that we start pointing fingers at each other or getting away from the gameplan its not going to work." Wilson sent Jonas Gustavsson out for the third period, no doubt reviving the goaltending debate in the process. The Monster fared only marginally better than his counterpart, getting beaten by Darche on a breakaway just 1:29 into the period, and barely being tested afterwards. In fact, Montreal managed just three shots in the final 20 minutes. That was the only part of the teams game. "If were going to go further and were going to make the playoffs, weve got to bare down for 60 minutes," said Pacioretty. "Its great to get the win but theres a lot of learning still to do." It was just one week ago the Leafs registered an impressive 5-0 victory in Ottawa and looked poised to make a climb up the standings. But after beating Edmonton on Monday, they dropped a game in Winnipeg on Tuesday and Philadelphia on Thursday and now face a tough three-game swing through western Canada. Montreal dug a big hole early in the season but is doing its best to keep slim playoff hopes alive. The Habs return home to face Carolina and Boston next week and need to keep winning. "No matter who were playing we have to play this kind of hockey," said interim coach Randy Cunneyworth. "We were rewarded for playing the right way." Notes:@ It was the 16th shutout of Prices NHL career ... The Leafs had US$7.5 million in salary in the press box with Colby Armstrong and Mike Komisarek scratched. Both players are alternate captains for the team ... Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski each wore an "A" in their absence ... Travis Moen, Ryan White and Yannick Weber sat out for Montreal ... Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was among the announced crowd of 19,685. cheap nfl jerseys ' ' '

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