Sunday night around the NHL

1. MCCABE UNDERGOES FACIAL SURGERY

The Florida Panthers will unfortunately be without their number one defenceman, Bryan McCabe, for the next several weeks due to suffering several facial fractures in Saturday’s win against the New Jersey Devils. This 35 year-old, who had 21 points and was a +7 this year, suffered the first period mishap when he was accidently struck flush in the face by the puck. “He’s got a broken finger, too,” Panthers’ goalie, Scott Clemmensen, said. “He’s our captain … our general in a sense. It speaks volumes of not only his pain tolerance, but his competitive desire to be out there and play with us.” This will be a huge blow for Florida who are currently seven points out of a playoff spot.

2. LEAFS SEND REIMER TO THE MARLIES

James Reimer did all he could to impress the Toronto Maple Leafs brass but in the end he was a victim of the numbers game. Reimer, who is only 22, made a statement by posting a 4-2-0 record with a 2.27 GAA and a .930 save percentage while with the Leafs, but was sent back to the Marlies after starter J.S. Giguere came back from his hamstring injury. “The only way we could get things done, and anticipating (Mike) Brown’s suspension, we had to reassign James Reimer back to the Marlies,” head coach Ron Wilson said.

3. THRASHERS LOSE MASON TO INJURY

On Saturday night the Atlanta Thrashers lost goaltender, Chris Mason, on a freak play against the Dallas Stars. In the first period of what was a 6-1 Stars win, Mason made three early saves before being accidently hit by teammate Chris Thorburn who was blocking a shot.

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