Carolina 1, Buffalo 8 (story/highlights)
- Ales Kotalik scored twice and Jaroslav Spacek had three points.
Pittsburgh 2, Toronto 4 (story/highlights)
- Vesa Toskala made 30 saves and Nik Antropov had two points.
Nashville 5, Montreal 4 (SO) (story/highlights)
- Martin Erat scored the shootout winner after the Preds came back from a 4-1 third period deficit.
Atlanta 4, N.Y. Islanders 0 (story/highlights)
- Ilya Kovalchuk had two points including his league-leading 21st goal of the season, while Kari Lehtonen turned aside 33 shots to record a shutout in his return from a groin inury.
Dallas 4, Philadelphia 1 (story/highlights)
- Trevor Daley and Brendan Morrow had two assists. Riley Cote of the Flyers was given a match penalty for a hit on Matt Niskanen.
Washington 2, Florida 1 (story/highlights)
- Alex Ovechkin scored his 20th for the game-winner.
News and Views…
Atlanta: Ondrej Pavelec was assigned to Chicago as Kari Lehtonen was called up.
Buffalo: Adam Mair returned from injury… Clarke MacArthur was assigned to Rochester… The Buffalo News discusses Brian Campbell’s increased leadership role this season. (more...)
Calgary: Adrian Aucoin returned after missing a game with a shoulder injury.
Dallas: Antti Miettinen returned after missing four games with a groin injury.
Detroit: Matt Ellis returned to the lineup.
Edmonton: Patrick Thoresen was recalled from Springfield… While Ales Hemsky and Geoff Sanderson didn’t travel with the team after suffering injuries in Friday’s game against Anaheim, Fernando Pisani has been activated.
Florida: Stephen Weiss is day-to-day with an illness… Anthony Stewart was recalled from Rochester.
Los Angeles: Jaroslav Modry and Mike Cammalleri both returned to the lineup.
Minnesota: Wes Walz retired as a player after being absent since the beginning of November. (more...)
Montreal: Steve Begin and Tom Kostopoulos were healthy scratches Saturday in favor of Josh Gorges and Mikhail Grabovsky. (more...)
New York Rangers: Marek Malik returned after missing 13 games with a back injury, but Paul Mara is out with shoulder problems.
Phoenix: Radim Vrbata is day-to day with a groin injury… Recalled Bill Thomas from San Antonio.
Pittsburgh: Assigned Jonathan D’Aversa to Wheeling of the East Coast League.
Tampa Bay: In the Tampa Tribune Erik Erlendsson talks about Michel Ouellet’s declining level of play. (more...)
Toronto: Alexei Ponikarovsky returned after missing two games with a leg inury.
What’s on tap…
Atlanta at New Jersey, 5:00 p.m.
Vancouver at Minnesota, 6:00 p.m.
Edmonton at Anaheim, 8:00 p.m.
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