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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Feb. 28

Yesterday at

In his Double OT column, Mike Brophy says the deadline deals made by Washington GM George McPhee might have saved his job.

In Ryan Dixon’s blog, he writes the Senators didn’t address their needs when acquiring Martin Lapointe on deadline day.

The Fantasy Mailbag answers your questions on Alex Ovechkin, Fabian Brunnstrom, Kristian Huselius and more.

The THN Top 10 counts down the best names in hockey.

In his blog, Adam Proteau is excited for next year’s deadline already, and talks about how John Paddocks’ job was on the line, hours before the coach was let go.

Yesterday’s Action…

San Jose 4, Columbus 2 (highlights)

- Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist and Joe Thornton had two assists.

Nashville 4, Buffalo 8 (story/highlights)

- Steve Bernier had two goals and an assist in his first game as a Sabre.

Minnesota 3, Tampa Bay 2 (story/highlights)

- Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two assists and Niklas Backstrom made 31 saves.

Toronto 4, Florida 3 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Mats Sundin scored twice and added an assists, while Tomas Kaberle notched the shootout-winner.

Phoenix 0, Chicago 1

- Jason Williams scored and Patrick Lalime stopped 32 shots for the shutout.

Colorado 3, Vancouver 2 (SO)

- Joe Sakic scored in his return and Marek Svatos won the game in the shootout.

News and Views…

Chris Pronger is day-to-day with a jaw injury.

Atlanta: Colin Stuart was assigned to Chicago.

Chicago: Robert Lang is day-to-day with a groin injury… Recalled Petri Kontiola from Rockford.

Columbus: Recalled Alexandre Picard from Norfolk.

Dallas: Assigned Nolan Baumgartner to Manitoba and Tobias Stephan and Dan Jancevski to Iowa.

Detroit: Assigned Garrett Stafford to Grand Rapids.

Florida: Magnus Johansson returned from the flu… Bryan Allen is day-to-day with a leg injury.

Los Angeles:
Jon Klemm was recalled from Manchester.

Minnesota: Mark Parrish is day-to-day with the flu.

Ottawa: Fired coach John Paddock and Bryan Murray will take over behind the bench. However, the goaltender issue still remains a huge concern. (analysis...)

Philadelphia: Jaroslav Modry is day-to-day with a torn rotator cuff… Assigned Jesse Boulerice to the Phantoms.

Pittsburgh: Rob Scuderi is day-to-day with a finger injury… Marian Hossa is eager to develop chemistry with his new teammates and looks like he will play on a line with Sidney Crosby when the kid returns, writes Rob Rossi in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (more...)

San Jose: Thomas Greiss was assigned to Worcester and Brian Boucher was recalled.

Tampa Bay: Jeff Halpern returned from a groin injury.

After it seemed like trading Pavel Kubina out of town was a possibility, the defenseman says a deal never crossed his mind and it was all a big misunderstanding, writes Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun. (more...)

Vancouver: Byron Ritchie is day-to-day with a back injury.

What’s on tap…

Pittsburgh at Boston, 7:00 p.m.

Ottawa at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.

Phoenix at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.

Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9:00 p.m.

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