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While the Capitals will likely recall someone from Hershey to help fill gaps left by the team's ever-growing list of injuries, they're also looking toward the healthy players to step up. Players like second-year center Tomas Fleischmann, who has four goals in the past six games and appears to be finding his stride in the NHL at the perfect time to help the Caps most.
*While the Caps do get to come home to Verizon Center, where they're 7-0-1, they have three games over the next four days beginning tonight against Atlanta. The Thrashers put together their most complete effort of the season and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Toronto last night.
*After the win, Thrashers Coach John Anderson told reporters that star Ilya Kovalchuk played with newfound intensity against the Leafs.
"I think it was our best game," Anderson said. "[Ilya] Kovalchuk obviously his best game, the most enthusiasm I've seen him have all year. He's got a bit of a bloody nose for it, but I think he'd trade that for a win any day. Kovy, he's the face of the Thrashers, and when you see your big star go in there and fight and score and hit and do whatever he has to do to win, I think that lifts our whole team."
*Kovalchuk recorded an unassisted goal and also wound up in a rare fight with Toronto's Ian White. Neither Kovalchuk nor White were shy about sharing their side of the story with the media. Here's Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski's take as well.
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*Sami Lepisto was called off the ice at Bears practice yesterday, but as of last night he had not been officially recalled. On that link you'll also find the Bears injury update and projected lines for tonight's game against Binghamton which Simeon Varlamov is expected to start.
*The Bears are off 14-5-0-1 through the first quarter of the season and have proved, that like their parent club, there's rarely a problem finding offense -- Hershey leads the AHL with 88 goals.
*Left wing Maxime Lacroix and defenseman Sasha Pokulok were reassigned to Hershey yesterday from the ECHL's Stingrays.
*AHL President and CEO Dave Andrews mentioned both Oskar Osala and Mathieu Perreault among a list of AHL players ready to jump to the NHL in his latest blog entry for The Hockey News.
*One goal away of tying his career season high of 13 goals, 2007 fifth round draft pick Brett Leffler has become Regina's most consistent secondary scorer and has 12 goals in 24 games.
*Missed this one earlier, but goaltender Michal Neuvirth recorded his second shutout of the season as the Stingrays drubbed the Mississippi Sea Wolves 10-0 back on Sunday.
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