San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture skated Saturday in full gear for the first time since having surgery to repair a fractured fibula on Oct. 17.
Couture was injured during practice on Oct. 15. The Sharks announced a time frame of 4-6 weeks for his return.
Couture, who skated Thursday in Philadelphia wearing sweatpants, worked out after the Sharks ended the morning skate Saturday prior to playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; ROOT, CSN-CA).
"That was the first day of skating pretty good, just doing some conditioning," Couture told CSN. "It's cliché, but it's day-by-day. [If] it reacts well we go a step further. I couldn't tell you what the plan is for tomorrow yet."
* Montreal’s 15 wins and 32 points lead the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens also tied the Dallas Stars (16-4-0, 32 points) in terms of standings points for the best record in the NHL.
* Petry posted his first career multiple-goal game; Beaulieu had his first career multi-point game.
* In his first appearance since Oct. 29 at EDM, Carey Price made 33 saves to improve to 8-2-0 (2.11 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO). Per Elias, Price is the ninth goaltender in franchise history to earn eight or more wins in his first 10 games of a season. Last: Ken Dryden (8-1-1) in 1977-78.
"When you're out of action for a while it takes a bit of time to catch up," Price said after making 33 saves in a 5-3 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday. "Definitely a good game to get your feet wet again."
Price hadn't played since Oct. 29. Mike Condon started nine consecutive games with Price out of the lineup because of a lower-body injury.
Through 20 games, the second-year Dallas Stars defenseman leads the NHL with 18 assists, is tied for the League lead with a plus-13 rating, and is tied for fourth with 22 points.
Not bad for someone who is 23 years old.
"Obviously [my start] has been pretty good offensively. I've been having a lot of assists, obviously playing with good players who score goals, and the power play has been good too," Klingberg said Friday.
Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has impressed during his NFL career with his ability to rush the passer. The Texans' opponent this week, the New York Jets, are also impressed by his ability to rush the puck.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, an offensive lineman for the Jets who could face Watt a lot Sunday, told ESPN.com in a story published Friday that beyond the All-Pro accolades Watt has received for his play on the field, it's his hockey abilities that stood out.
Ferguson had seen a video posted to YouTube of Watt at a University of Wisconsin summer hockey event. Watt picks up the puck at center ice, skates to just above the hash marks, pulls up and rockets a slap shot into the net as the goalie jumped out of the way.
The Los Angeles Kings finished the 2013-14 season with 100 points, sixth most in the Western Conference. Center Anze Kopitar led the team with 29 goals, 41 assists, 70 points and a plus-34 rating during the regular season. He recorded another 26 points in 26 playoff games en route to the team's second Stanley Cup in three years.
The 29 goals and 70 points weren't career-highs for Kopitar, but he finished the season as the 15th ranked fantasy player in Yahoo leagues because of his well-balanced statistical coverage across the board.
Last season, Kopitar struggled out of the gate. He had just three points in his first 11 games and 12 in his first 25 games overall. Kopitar, a likely top-20 overall fantasy pick heading into this season, had been on pace for under 40 points over a full season at that time.
Ovechkin passed center Sergei Fedorov, who had 483 goals in 1,248 games. Ovechkin has played 777 games. Fedorov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last week. Ovechkin may very well be on his way there.
Here is a sample of what people around the hockey community are saying about Ovechkin as he approaches his next milestone, 500 goals:
Introducing the new official NHL App, available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. A host of new features and improved functionality are available across all platforms, including a redesigned league-wide scoreboard, expanded news coverage, searchable video highlights, individual team experiences* and more. The new NHL App on your tablet also introduces new offerings such as 60fps video, Multitasking** and Picture-in-Picture.
*Available only for smartphones
** Available only for suported iPads