Toronto Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul shot pucks at practice and could be nearing a return to the lineup. - Jonas Siegel, TSN James Reimer took a shot in the nether regions during practice, but appeared to be fine. - Jonas Siegel, TSN Head coach Randy Carlyle said his players requested an optional skate for Thursday. - Jonas Siegel, TSN Place forward Petri Kontiola on waivers, Matt Frattin clears and was sent down to the AHLs Toronto Marlies. Boston Bruins Dougie Hamilton back at practice after missing Wednesdays practice with the flu - Team Twitter Calgary Flames Centre Matt Stajan took the morning skate at the Saddledome. - Wes Gilbertson, Calgary Sun Michael Ferland (concussion) will return to the Flames lineup tonight. - Jermain Franklin, TSN Carolina Hurricanes Claim winger Andrej Nestrasil off waivers from Red Wings. He has two assists over 13 games this season. - Bob McKenzie, TSN Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Sharp (right knee) close to skating and could join the team on upcoming road trip, but is doubtful to play. - Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune Andrew Shaw (upper-body) will not play tonight against the Flames. - Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune Assign goalie Mac Carruth from ECHL to AHL. - Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune Trevor van Riemsdyk undergoes successful surgery. - Team Website Dallas Stars Jyrki Jokipakka is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Coyotes on defence. Jordie Benn is believed to be a healthy scratch. - Team Website New York Rangers Forward Lee Stempniak returned to practice after missing Wednesday nights game with a sore back and could be available to play against the Sabres. - Team Twitter Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start against the Buffalo Sabres Friday night. - Team Twitter Ottawa Senators Forward Curtis Lazar made a brief appearance at the end of practice.- Brent Wallace, TSN Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk (groin) will not play tonight against the Winnipeg Jets, but could be ready for Toronto on Saturday. - Darrin Bauming, TSN Send Stephen Weiss down to AHL for conditioning assingment. - Team Twitter Defenceman Brendan Smith placed on IR with hand infection and will be out for 10 days. 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Mario Lunter, Daniel Gachulinec and Stanislav Horansky also scored for Slovakia (1-0). Dominik Kahun had both goals for Germany (0-2), who lost its opening match to Canada 7-2 on Thursday. http://www.cheappiratesjerseys.com/.J. -- Omar Cummings helped the Houston Dynamo advance to the MLS Eastern Conference finals. Cheap MLB Jerseys . - The New England Patriots needed help on defence so they added three experienced players at midseason. Cheap Barry Bonds Jersey . Not Peyton Manning. Hes holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire.Finland had more than enough offensive talent to overcome its slow start against Austria, even with Teemu Selanne back in the dressing room. Jarkko Immonen and Mikael Granlund scored two goals apiece as Finland opened preliminary-round Olympic play with an 8-4 victory over Austria on Thursday. Jussi Jokinen and Petri Kontiola each had a goal and an assist for the Finns, who put 52 shots on beleaguered Austria goalie Bernhard Starkbaum despite playing the final two periods without Selanne, their captain and the leading scorer in Olympic history. The 43-year-old "Finnish Flash" had an assist in the first period of his record-equaling sixth Olympics before sitting out with an upper-body injury. Selanne should be fine for the Finns next game, team spokesman Janne Lahti said. "Hes an old man, so he needs some rest, more than the other guys," Kontiola said. Sami Lepisto and Olli Maatta also scored for Finland, which has never lost to Austria at the Olympics. Granlund had a three-point game and defenceman Sami Vatanen had three assists in their Olympic debuts. Selanne got just eight shifts before apparently having problems with his neck or shoulders. Finlands trainers massaged Selanne on the bench late in the first period, and he didnt return from the first break. "Maybe he got the bad pillow!" said Sami Vatanen, Selannes teammate with the Anaheim Ducks. Even with Selanne ailing, Finland took control with two goals in 8 seconds during the final minute of the first before taking a four-goal lead in the second. "Its tough to see him get injured, but hell be OK," Olli Jokinen said of Selanne. "Hes a big part of this team, and hes our leader. Its never easy when you lose a guy like him." Finns recover The Finns also survived a shaky Olympic debut from Tuukka Rask, the vaunted Boston Bruins goalie who yielded four goals on just 20 shots. "The firsst goal, everybody was caught sleeping there," Rask said.dddddddddddd "After that second goal, everybody kind of woke up and got back to playing again." Michael Grabner had three goals in his Olympic debut for Austria. The New York Islanders forward scored 36 seconds into the first period, and Austria had two early leads before Finland took control. "In case we didnt know what we were up against, we got a reality check," Austrian forward Thomas Vanek said. "Youve got to play a certain way, and I think we didnt do it. Our goalie needs to be our best player, and we need to help him more." Finland is the most consistently successful Olympic nation of the NHL era while winning medals in four of the last five Olympics overall. The Finns have a solid shot at medals again despite placement in Canadas preliminary-round group, and an eight-goal performance in their opener will help their cause. Austria, which qualified for its first Olympics since 2002, surprised the Finns in the opening minute when Grabner converted a cross-ice pass from Michael Raffl. Granlund got Finlands first goal on a play set up by Selanne, who took Vatanens outlet pass and fed Granlund while screening Starkbaum. Austria went back ahead when Thomas Hundertpfunds shot from behind the net went off Maattas skate in front and beat Rask, but Lepisto equalized 2:04 later. Maatta put the Finns ahead with a vicious slap shot from the blue line with 35 seconds left in the first period — and Immonen scored 8 seconds later. Six Austrians are back from their Salt Lake City team along with the Olympic debuts of Grabner and Vanek, his Islanders teammate. Grabner added two goals in the third period for his hat trick. "I like the big ice, and I just tried to get into open space for my teammates," Grabner said. "Against a good team like Finland, its tough to come back." 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