The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 15

Yesterday’s Action…

Calgary 4, Carolina 3
– Dion Phaneuf and Adrian Aucoin had two-point nights and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 33 shots.

Buffalo 5, Washington 3 (story/highlights)
– Jason Pominville had two-points and Tim Connolly scored the game-winner.

Toronto 4, Atlanta 0
– Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and three points, while Vesa Toskala made 24 saves.

Minnesota 5, Anaheim 2
– Brian Rolston had a goal and two assists and Josh Harding made 28 saves.
News and Views…

Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star writes that Russian tycoon Andrei Medvedev is teaming up with Bob Goodenow to start a pro hockey league in Europe to rival the NHL. (more…)

In response to the Mitchell Report the NHL says steroid use is a non-issue among its players. (more…)

Anaheim: Traded Andy McDonald to the St. Louis Blues for Doug Weight. (story/analyis)

Buffalo: Henrik Tallinder returned after missing eight games with a shoulder injury.

Florida: Signed Shawn Matthias to an entry-level contract.

Nashville: Antti Pihlstrom was recalled from Milwaukee.

Ryan Potulny was assigned to the Phantoms and Alexandre Picard was recalled.

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Phoenix: Joel Perrault was recalled from San Antonio.

St. Louis: Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Doug Weight reluctantly waived his no-trade clause to go to Anaheim. (more…)

San Jose: Alexei Semenov is sidelined indefinitely with a broken finger.

Tampa Bay: Michel Ouellet is out until late January with a shoulder injury… Recalled Blair Jones from Norfolk.

Washington: Michael Nylander returned after missing four games.

What’s on tap…

Phoenix at New Jersey, 1:00 p.m.
Columbus at Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Toronto at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Florida at Detroit, 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta at Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.
Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Colorado, 9:00 p.m.
Vancouver at Edmonton, 10:00 p.m.
Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Dallas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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