The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 16

Yesterday’s Action…

Phoenix 4, New Jersey 1
– Martin Hanzal had a goal and two assists and Mikael Tellqvist had 30 saves.

Dallas 4, San Jose 2 (story/highlights)
– Mike Ribeiro and Brendan Morrow had two-point nights.

Buffalo 3, Chicago 1
– Thomas Vanek had two points and Ryan Miller made 26 saves.

Florida 2, Detroit 5 (story/highlights)
– Dan Cleary scored the game-winner and Henrik Zetterberg had two points.

Carolina 6, Philadelphia 5 (SO) (story/highlights)
– Erik Cole had two-points and Rod Brind’Amour scored the shootout-winner.

Atlanta 3, Ottawa 7 (story/highlights)
– Dany Heatley had two goals and Antoine Vermette had a three-point night.

Toronto 1, Montreal 4 (story/highlights)
– Saku Koivu had two goals and Carey Price made 28 saves.

Columbus 0, Boston 2 (story/highlights)
– Jeremy Reich scored the eventual game-winner and Alex Auld had a 32-save shutout.

Pittsburgh 3, New York Islanders 2 (highlights)
– Tyler Kennedy had two assists and Dany Sabourin had 27 saves.

Washington 3, Tampa Bay 2
– Brian Pothier had two points, including the game-winning goal.

Nashville 1, Colorado 3
– Ryan Smyth had two points and Peter Budaj made 31 saves.

Vancouver 1, Edmonton 2 (story/highlights)
– Mathieu Garon made 29 saves and Fernando Pisani had the shootout-winner.

Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1 (story/highlights)
– Brian Rolston scored the game-winner and Josh Harding made 35 saves.

News and Views…

Anaheim: Bruno St. Jacques and Geoff Platt were assigned to Portland, while Bobby Ryan was recalled.

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Carolina: Cory Stillman left Saturday’s with a knee injury.

Edmonton: Raffi Torres is day-to-day with a knee injury… Geoff Sanderson returned after missing seven games with a groin injury.

Los Angeles: Alexander Frolov returned after missing 11 games with a groin injury.

Montreal: Guillaume Latendresse is out with an upper body injury, while Cristobal Huet returned… Jaroslav Halak was assigned to Hamilton.

New Jersey: Paul Martin is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

New York Islanders: Andrew MacDonald was reassigned to Utah.

Ottawa: Mike Fisher left Saturday’s game with an abdominal strain… Brian McGrattan is day-to-day… Recalled Cody Bass from Binghamton.

Philadelphia: Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with a lower body injury and Derian Hatcher returned from a knee injury.

Pittsburgh: Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day with an illness… Recalled Connor James from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Tampa Bay: Craig MacDonald returned after missing seven games for personal reasons… Chris Gratton is day-to-day with a hip injury.

Bryan McCabe will be out 6-8 weeks with a broken hand. (more…)

Vancouver: Ryan Kesler returned to the lineup after missing a game with the flu.

What’s on tap…

Philadelphia at New Jersey, 5:00 p.m.
Phoenix at N.Y. Rangers, 5:00 p.m.
Calgary at St. Louis, 6:00 p.m.
Florida at Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim, 8:00 p.m.

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