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THE AHL.COM: Braden Holtby kicked out 35 shots backstopping the Hershey Bears to a 3-0 shutout of the Albany Devils…Oliver Ekman-Larsson set up two goals as his Portland Pirates doubled up the Binghamton Senators 4-2…Slava Voynov had a goal as the Manchester Monarchs downed the Worcester Sharks 5-1…Chris Krieder notched a goal and an assist as the Connecticut Whale defeated the Providence Bruins 6-3…Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson and Luke Adam each recorded one assist as the Rochester Americans downed the Adirondack Phantoms 6-2. Sean Couturier assisted on both Phantoms’ goals.

Evgeni Malkin enjoying opportunity to play in Russia.

YAHOO! SPORTS: Nicholas J. Cotsonika interview Evgeni Malkin, who is embracing this “special chance” to play in his home country of Russia during the NHL lockout.

KHL.RU: Nail Yakupov scored twice as Neftekhimik edged Atlant 6-5 in overtime…Lubomir Visnovsky had two assists in a losing cause as Slovan fell to Mettalurg NK 4-2.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin is taking the opportunity of a week’s break in his Swiss League schedule to return home.

NATIONAL LEAGUE.CH: Seguin had an assist in a losing effort as his EHC Biel fell 4-3 to the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers. Jason Spezza had an assist for the Lakers…Logan Couture had a goal and two assists as Geneve Servete edged HC Davos 5-4…Henrik Zetterberg picked up an assist as EV Train blanked the Kloten Flyers 5-0