The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 4

Yesterday’s Action…

Boston 3, N.Y. Islanders 1
– Tim Thomas made 33 saves for the Bruins.

Carolina 4, N.Y. Rangers 0 (story/highlights)
– Matt Cullen had two assists and Cam Ward turned aside all 28 shots.

Dallas 2, Columbus 1 (SO)
– Niklas Hagman scored the shootout winner and Marty Turco made 25 saves.

Phoenix 1, Pittsburgh 3
– Kris Letang and Tyler Kennedy scored third period goals to lift the Pens past the Coyotes.

San Jose 3, Colorado 2 (story/highlights)
– Joe Thornton had two assists and Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves.

Edmonton 4, Los Angeles 3 (story/highlights)
– Joni Pitkanen had two points and Sam Gagner scored the lone shootout goal for the win.

News and Views…

Anaheim: Mark Mowers was re-assigned to Portland… Dan Arritt of the Los Angeles Times says Andy McDonald believes the team’s scoring drought is directly linked to their league-high 19.7 penalty minutes per game. (more…)

Atlanta: Re-assigned Scott Lehman to Chicago.

Boston: Milan Lucic returned to the lineup after missing three games with a head injury.

Calgary: Adam Pardy was recalled from Quad City… Randy Sportak writes in the Calgary Sun that Miikka Kiprusoff wasn’t bothered by head coach Mike Keenan’s challenges. (more…)

Columbus: Pascal Leclaire started Monday after missing two games. David Vyborny is day-to-day with a back injury… Tomas Popperle was assigned to Syracuse, while Joakim Lindstrom was recalled.

Dallas: Jere Lehtinen may need surgery on his abdominal injury and could miss eight to 10 weeks… Antti Miettinen is day-to-day with a groin injury. (more…)

Detroit: Helene St. James writes in the Detroit Free Press that Brian Rafalski is comfortable back at home in Detroit. (more…)

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Edmonton: Derek van Diest writes in the Edmonton Sun about Patrick Thoresen’s call up to the big club. (more…)

Florida: Alan Tays of the Palm Beach Post talks about the offensive struggles from Nathan Horton. (more…)

Los Angeles: Jason LaBarbera is day-to-day with a rib injury.

Minnesota: Subtle roster changes have created chemistry in the Wild lineup, writes John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. (more…)

Montreal: Cristobal Huet pulled his groin, so Carey Price will assume the starting job Tuesday against Detroit… Cedrick Desjardins was re-assigned to Hamilton and Jaroslav Halak was recalled. (more…)

Nashville: Scott Nichol has been suspended five games for his cross-check to the face of Patrice Brisebois. (more…)

New York Rangers: Matt Zaba was re-assigned to Charlotte of the East Coast League.

Ottawa: Ray Emery will start Tuesday in Tampa Bay after Martin Gerber was pulled from Saturday’s loss.

Philadelphia: Riley Cote was handed a three-game suspension for his hit on Matt Niskanen Saturday. The team was also warned.

Pittsburgh: Maxime Talbot returned after missing five games with a sprained ankle.

Tampa Bay: Craig MacDonald is day-to-day with personal reasons and Radek Smolenak was re-assigned to Norfolk… The Lightning need to search for more secondary scoring, writes Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune. (more…)

Washington: Tarik El-Bashir writes in the Washington Post about the special teams success since Bruce Boudreau took over behind the bench. (more…)

What’s on tap…

Detroit at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Nashville at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Calgary, 9:00 p.m.