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Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton argues a call, Nov. 7, 2013, in Boston. Thornton has been suspended 15 games for his attack on Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton argues a call, Nov. 7, 2013, in Boston. Thornton has been suspended 15 games for his attack on Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Eric Duhatschek

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The streak came to an end Sunday night when the Chicago Blackhawks, smarting from that lopsided loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs the night before, scored three first-period goals against Scrivens, who was the given the start in place of Jones. Quick, currently out with a groin injury, is gingerly skating by himself in L.A., but likely isn’t going to be back until the New Year. At that point, the Kings may send Jones down just so he can play regularly for AHL Manchester and let Scrivens return to the backup job. But long term, the Kings have a lot of time and effort invested in Jones, so the organizational plan is to get him to the NHL full-time, likely for the start of the 2014-15 season, and have him share time with Quick. The pace of that plan could be expedited if the Kings get a decent offer for Scrivens at the trading deadline. Otherwise, they’ll try to move his rights at the draft and if they can’t, they’d be prepared to lose him as an unrestricted free agent.

THE INJURY REPORT: Good news for the Anaheim: former Ottawa Senators forward Jakob Silfverberg, who has been out since the last week of October recovering from a broken right hand, could be back by the end of the week. Silfverberg was the primary player going Anaheim’s way in the Bobby Ryan trade and he had put up decent numbers (seven points in 11 games) before getting injured … Also on the cusp of returning, two of the key Columbus Blue Jackets’ players, defenceman James Wisniewski and right winger Marian Gaborik. Wisniewski, who has been a key man on the power play, has missed two games because of an undisclosed upper-body problem, but Gaborik has been out close to a month because of a sprained left knee … The injury toll continues to mount in Pittsburgh, where Evgeni Malkin left Saturday’s game against Detroit early in the third, when he went crashing into the boards. Defenceman Kris Letang is muddling through an injury- filled season and missed the game too, joining fellow regular defencemen Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi on the shelf. One of the replacements, Engelland, is likely to miss significant time now too, and of course James Neal is still out, serving his five-game suspension for kneeing Marchand … Detroit is equally beat up, Abdelkader joining an injury list that includes Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Derek Helm, along with defenceman Danny DeKeyser and starting goalie Jimmy Howard … In Florida, Tim Thomas is out for the third time with a groin injury, a sign maybe that at age 39, you can’t take a year off and expect the body not to feel the effects of the lengthy layoff. The Chicago Blackhawks have learned that the hard way too – 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin is out indefinitely, so the team picked up Jason LaBarbera for futures from Edmonton to back-up Aanti Raanta until starter Corey Crawford is healthy, which will take another two weeks or so … It's been a feast-or-famine year for the Stars' Tyler Seguin, who is 15th in NHL scoring with 31 points in 29 games, but has had four games this season in which he has scored four or more points, which accounts for more than half this production ... Former Senators’ defenceman Sergei Gonchar had been a bust offensively for the Stars until Saturday, when he matched Seguin's output and unexpectedly reeled off a career-high four-assist night (after scoring just six points in his first 30 games). It made Gonchar only the second defenceman in NHL history to have his first four-point night after his 38th birthday. The first was that guy who played before he ever got into the doughnut business. You may have heard of him. Tim Horton.

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