The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 21

Yesterday’s Action…

Montreal 5, Washington 2
– Guillaume Latendresse had two goals and Alex Kovalev had two assists.

Pittsburgh 5, Boston 4 (SO)
– Evgeni Malkin had two goals and Sidney Crosby had a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Ottawa 2, Atlanta 3
– Todd White scored the game-winner and Kari Lehtonen made 28 saves.

Toronto 1, Tampa Bay 2
– Vincent Lecavalier had two points, and scored the game-winner in the final minute.

Carolina 4, Florida 5
– Olli Jokinen had two points and Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves.

New York Rangers 3, Minnesota 6 (story/highlights)
– Marion Gaborik had five goals and an assist and Josh Harding stopped 32 shots.

Detroit 2, St. Louis 3
– Paul Kariya had two assists and Manny Legace made 34 saves.

Dallas 2, Vancouver 3 (story/highlights)
– Daniel Sedin scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 33 saves.

Phoenix 3, San Jose 2 (SO)
– Peter Mueller scored the shootout-winner and Ilya Bryzgalov made 36 saves.

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News and Views…

Carolina: Mike Commodore, Rod Brind’Amour and Andrew Ladd returned to the lineup.

Chicago: Assigned Magnus Johansson to Rockford… Peter Kuc of the Chicago Tribune talks about Cam Barker’s delayed call up to the Hawks. (more…)

Los Angeles: Daniel Taylor was re-assigned to Reading of the ECHL.

Montreal: Guillaume Latendresse returned from an upper body injury… Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette says that the Alex Ovechkin to Montreal rumor has legs. (more…)

GM David Poile likes the Predators lineup despite recent struggles and isn’t planning any changes. (more…)

San Jose: Jeremy Roenick returned from a knee injury he missed five games with.

What’s on tap…

Los Angeles at Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Colorado, 9:00 p.m.
Dallas at Calgary, 9:00 p.m.
New Jersey at Edmonton, 9:00 p.m.

The Hockey News Daily Dish, a roundup of all the previous day’s news, will return Dec. 30.