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mon­treal» The re­turn of Avalanche cap­tain Gabe Landeskog and the 1,500th game for Colorado winger Jarome Iginla served as big news from Satur­day’s morn­ing skate at the Bell Cen­tre. Un­for­tu­nately, only em­bar­rass­ment un­folded against the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens in a “Hockey Night in Canada” broad­cast.

Landeskog re­turned af­ter miss­ing 10 games with a lower­body in­jury and played left wing with cen­ter Carl Soder­berg and right winger Mikhail Grig­orenko.

“Glad to be back. Feel good,” Landeskog said af­ter the morn­ing skate. “Took a lit­tle longer than what we ex­pected at first. Around Thanks­giv­ing, I got a lit­tle too ex­cited once I got on the ice and wanted to push too hard. But I feel good now.”

Iginla, 39, started the game with Nathan MacKin­non’s line be­fore mov­ing to the fourth line with Joe Col­borne and An­dreas Martin­sen. Iginla be­came the 16th mem­ber of the 1,500 club, and he’s on pace to catch No. 15 on the list, Steve Yz­er­man (1,514 games). Iginla is the third player to don an Avalanche sweater while reach­ing 1,500 games, join­ing for­ward Dave An­dr­ey­chuk (1,639) and Ray Bourque (1,612).

“That’s neat. It will be re­ally cool,” Landeskog said of Iginla’s feat. “Fif­teen hun­dred. That’s a lot of stick tape, and a lot of

Toronto’s rookie phe­nom from Scotts­dale, Ariz., scored his 12th goal of the sea­son Satur­day at Bos­ton and is sec­ond in NHL rookie scor­ing be­hind Win­nipeg’s Pa­trik Laine. Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, scored four goals in his NHL de­but and is re­garded as the best Amer­i­can hockey player since Pa­trick Kane was se­lected first over­all in 2007. And just think, Matthews con­sid­ered play­ing for the Univer­sity of Den­ver last sea­son as a fresh­man. In­stead, he played pro­fes­sion­ally in Switzer­land. skates tied. It’s re­ally hard to wrap your head around how many games he’s got.”

Iginla was shown on the Bell Cen­tre big screen in the sec­ond pe­riod and the sell­out crowd gave him a nice round of ap­plause.

Avalanche de­fense­man Fran­cois Beau­chemin in­vited his fa­ther and the mem­bers of his home­town youth hockey club to Satur­day’s morn­ing skate at the Bell Cen­tre. Beau­chemin is from Sorel, Que­bec, about 45 min­utes out­side of Mon­treal. … For­wards Soder­berg, John Mitchell and Rene Bourque and de­fense­man Tyson Bar­rie did not par­tic­i­pate in the morn­ing skate, but ev­ery­one was avail­able. For­ward Cody McLeod and de­fense­man Eric Geli­nas were the healthy scratches.

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