The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 22

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Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/12/22: Lightning head coach Rich Tocchet is backing up star winger Martin St. Louis’ recent public outburst about his teammates, in which St. Louis called unnamed players “clock killers.” Tocchet tells the St. Petersburg Times, “You’re either on board or get lost, simple as that. I back what he said.” St. Louis didn’t single anyone out, and as a former Hart Trophy winner he has the clout to say it. The Lightning are tied with the Islanders with a league-worst 23 points.

Marco Sturm, LW, Boston Bruins
2008/12/22: Veteran forward Marco Sturm will be out of the Bruins’ lineup indefinitely after suffering a knee injury in Thursday’s game against visiting Toronto, according to the Boston Herald. Team GM Peter Chiarelli told the Herald Sturm has been put on long-term IR, “so he’ll be out at least four weeks. We don’t know about (a possible need for) surgery yet.” Forward Martin St. Pierre has been recalled from Providence of the American League to take Sturm’s roster spot. St. Pierre has an impressive 35 points in 30 American League games this season.

Justin Pogge, G, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/12/22:  Rookie goaltender Justin Pogge has been recalled by the Maple Leafs from their Toronto AHL affiliate. He is expected to start Monday at Atlanta, according to The Toronto Star. Pogge isn’t having a great season so far for the Leafs’ AHL Marlies (posting an .890 save percentage with a 10-9-3 record and 2.86 GAA), but could get an extended audition with usual starter Vesa Toskala iffy going forward due to a sore groin and veteran backup Curtis Joseph struggling.

Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins
2008/12/22: There is no timetable for the return of Boston center Patrice Bergeron from the concussion he sustained in Saturday’s game against Carolina, according to a statement released by team GM Peter Chiarelli. Bergeron was having a solid campaign so far after returning from a concussion that kept him out for most of last season. He has 18 points in 31 games for the Bruins this season.

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Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/22: Rising star goalie Carey Price fell short of a victory Sunday in his return to Montreal’s starting lineup. Price stopped 24 of 27 shots from visiting Carolina, but surrendered the winning goal to Tuomo Ruutu in overtime for a 3-2 loss. Price recently missed six straight contests due to the flu and a lower body injury. Veteran backup Marc Denis was sent down to AHL Hamilton on Saturday now that Price is healthy and current backup Jaroslav Halak went 3-3 filling in for Price.

Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/12/22: Goaltender Cam Ward kicked away 26 of 28 shots in Carolina’s 3-2 overtime win at Montreal on Sunday. Ward has lost in regulation just once over his past six starts.

Alex Tanguay, LW/RW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/22: Veteran playmaker Alex Tanguay chipped in two assists as his Canadiens fell to visiting Carolina in overtime Sunday, 3-2. Tanguay helped set up Robert Lang’s third period goal to send the game to overtime. The speedy Tanguay has posted five points (one goal, four assists) over his past three outings, with a plus-1 rating.

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