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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Jan. 25

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Yesterday’s Action…

Montreal 4, New Jersey 3 (story/highlights)
– Brian Smolinski scored twice and Saku Koivu had two points.

New York Islanders 1, Boston 4 (story/highlights)
– Marc Savard had a goal and an assist while Tim Thomas made 28 saves.

Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 4 (story/highlights)
– Mike Knuble scored the game-winner and Martin Biron made 21 saves.

Toronto 1, Washington 2
(story/highlights)
– Alex Ovechkin had two assists and Brent Johnson made 31 saves.

Edmonton 4, Florida 3 (SO) (story/highlights)
– Jarret Stoll scored twice and Shawn Horcoff won it in the shootout.

Ottawa 8, Tampa Bay 4 (story/highlights)
– Daniel Alfredsson had a hat trick and seven points and Jason Spezza scored two.

Atlanta 1, New York Rangers 2 (SO) (story/highlights)
– Brendan Shanahan scored the shootout-winner and Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves.

Columbus 1, Chicago 0 (story/highlights)
– Jared Boll scored the only goal and Pascal Leclaire stopped 30 shots for his eighth shutout.

Buffalo 2, Dallas 1 (story/highlights)
– Derek Roy scored two and Ryan Miller made 25 saves.

Minnesota 3, Colorado 2 (story/highlights)
– Pavol Demitra had two points and Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves.

Nashville 3, Phoenix 4 (OT)
(story/highlights)
– Radim Vrbata had a hat trick and assisted on the overtime-winner.

Anaheim 1, Los Angeles 3 (story/highlights)
– Teddy Purcell got his first NHL point and Jason LaBarbera made 31 saves.

St. Louis 1, San Jose 4 (story/highlights)
– Jonathan Cheechoo had two goals and Milan Michalek had three points.

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News and Views…

Gary Bettman interviewed Paul Kelly on his XM radio show and it all went very well. (more…)

Anaheim: George Parros returned from a bruised right knee.

Chicago: Ben Eager returned form a mild concussion that had him out for 14 games.

Dallas: Jussi Jokinen returned after missing 13 games with a knee injury.

Detroit: The Wings are one of a few teams after Swedish stars Fabian Brunnstrom, writes Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News. (more…)

Los Angeles: Coach Marc Crawford realy believes Teddy Purcell is a great addition, writes Eric Stephens in the Los Angeles Times. (more…)

New York Rangers: Larry Brooks of the New York Post talks about the retiring of Brian Leetch’s No. 2. (more…)

Phoenix: Daniel Carcillo returned from a sprained knee and was sent to San Antonio.

Pittsburgh: Colby Armstrong returned after missing one game with a hip injury.

St. Louis: Ryan Johnson returned from a minor foot injury.

Tampa Bay: Dan Boyle came back into the lineup after missing 36 games with a wrist injury.

Toronto: Alexei Ponikarovsky will miss six weeks with a shoulder injury… The Leafs called up Darryl Boyce from the Marlies.

Vancouver:
Nathan McIver and Jason Jaffray were assigned to Manitoba.

Washington: Donald Brashear re-signed with the Caps for one year.

What’s on tap…

*All-Star Break*

The Hockey News Daily Dish, a roundup of all the previous day’s news, appears each morning only on THN.com.