Headed to Hershey

The Washington Capitals have sent goalie Semyon Varlamov to AHL affiliate Hershey as he recovers from an injury.

Varlamov has been sidelined since Dec. 7, missing nine games, because of what the team is calling a lower-body injury.

He is 12-1-2 with

a 2.21 goals-against average and .924 save percentage for the Southeast Division-

leading Capitals.

The move to Hershey was announced yesterday; Varlamov is expected to rejoin the Capitals next week. The 21-year-old was selected for Russia's Olympic team last week.

Stepping up

The San Jose Sharks made it clear that Devin Setoguchi needed to step up his game. He got the message and helped San Jose win its fifth game in a row Monday night.

Setoguchi scored his 10th goal of the season to help the Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

"It's no secret he has been sent a message from the coaching staff," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "He needs to pick up his game. He played pretty well the other night against Anaheim, but we didn't think he deserved a promotion. This time, he came and had a couple of good early shifts. Now it's up to him."

Keeping it close

Eleven of the Los Angeles Kings' last 13 games have been decided by one-goal margins (8-3-0).

- Associated Press