The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 9

Yesterday’s Action…

Boston 2, Toronto 1 (story/highlights)
– Alex Auld made 25 saves in his first start as a Bruin.

Carolina 5, Montreal 1 (story/highlights)
– Ray Whitney had two goals and Matt Cullen had three assists.

Atlanta 3, Washington 6 (story/highlights)
– Alex Ovechkin had two points and Mike Green notched two goals.

Minnesota 2, Columbus 1 (story/highlights)
– Brian Rolston scored the game-winner and Niklas Backstrom turned aside 31 shots.

N.Y. Islanders 3, Tampa Bay 2 (OT) (story/highlights)
– Rick DiPietro kept the Isles in it, stopping 32 before Mike Sillinger scored the overtime winner.
Anaheim 2, Nashville 4 (story/highlights)
– Jordin Tootoo recorded a “Gordie Howe hat trick” as the Preds snapped a two-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh 2, Vancouver 1 (SO) (story)
– Kris Letang scored the shootout-winner and Dany Sabourin made 35 saves.

Phoenix 4, Los Angeles 2 (story/highlights)
– Keith Ballard scored the winner and Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal had two-point nights.

Buffalo 7, San Jose 1
– Ryan Miller made 21 saves and the Sabres’ Tim Connolly scored the eventual winner shorthanded.

News and Views…

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Anaheim: Ryan Dingle and Matt Christie were re-assigned to Portland.

Atlanta: Claimed Mark Recchi off waivers. (more…)

Boston: Aaron Ward returned after missing time with an ankle injury.

Calgary: Kevin Lalande was re-assigned to Quad City.

Columbus: Duvie Westcott was activiated after missing five games with a concussion.

Dallas: Junior Lessard was assigned to Iowa.

Edmonton: Assigned Liam Reddox to Springfield.

Los Angeles:
Scott Thornton returned after missing seven games with a bruised sternum… Assigned Jon Klemm to Manchester.

Minnesota: Derek Boogaard returned after missing six games with back spasms.

Nashville: Vernon Fiddler returned to the lineup after missing time with a groin injury.

Brendan Bell was assigned to San Antonio.

San Jose: Jonathan Cheechoo left Saturday’s game with a groin injury and did not return.

Toronto: Darcy Tucker returned after missing a game with a back injury.

What’s on tap…

New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 5:00 p.m.
Carolina at Detroit, 5:00 p.m.
Calgary at Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
St. Louis at Colorado, 8:00 p.m.

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