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Murray injures Adam's apple

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--Defenseman Douglas Murray is nursing a strange yet potentially serious injury if not tended to properly. Murray appeared to suffer a broken Adam's apple when a puck ramped up his stick and struck him in the neck on Feb. 16 in Tampa. Murray missed his second game on Sunday due to the injury. "What the doctors have told me, they call it prime real estate," Murray said of the damaged area. "There's not a lot of room there so any type of swelling becomes a major thing, though it's nothing major right now." Right now, he feels fine. "There's nothing I can really feel," Murray said. "It's more doctors that are going to make a decision on it. It can get a lot worse and it's something you don't want to mess around with. Right now, I just listen to what the doctors say."

--D Marc-Edouard Vlasic suffered a face injury on Sunday in a similar manner as Douglas Murray two games earlier. A Detroit drive ricocheted off the skate of defenseman Dan Boyle in front of the San Jose net, and rose up to strike a nearby Vlasic early in the third period. Vlasic suffered a cut and needed assistance from the ice. He did not return to the game. Unavailable afterward, Vlasic let coach Todd McLellan update his condition. McLellan said the puck fortunately struck Vlasic's visor first, then cut him "near the nose." Vlasic was going to be monitored closely to see if he would miss any action.

--Defenseman Jason Demers was activated off injured reserve and returned to the lineup for the first time in 10 games on Sunday after recovering from an unspecified lower-body injury. Demers missed the last nine games -- and 11 of the last 13 -- with an unspecified lower-body injury. Demers had two shots, blocked a pair and took a minor penalty during 16:39 of ice time. In another move, the Sharks assigned forward John McCarthy to Worcester of the AHL. McCarthy has appeared in 10 games for San Jose this season, and at the time of his recall, led Worcester with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 38 games played.

--San Jose's streak of five consecutive regular-season wins over the Red Wings came to an end on Sunday, when Detroit extended its league-record home winning streak to 23 straight.

"It's not a win. When you don't win a game, you're frustrated, and we're on a three-game losing streak right now. It isn't the time to do that. Teams are closing in and the playoff spot is getting tighter and tighter. This is obviously a tough rink to play in, but we need to start winning some games." -- C Logan Couture, on Sunday's 3-2 loss in Detroit.

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