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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Jan. 31

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Yesterday’s Action…

Pittsburgh 1, Atlanta 4 (story/highlights)

- Ilya Kovalchuk scored, before getting injured, and Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves.

Anaheim 1, Minnesota 5 (story/highlights)

- Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist and Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves.

Phoenix 2, Detroit 3 (story/highlights)

- Pavel Datsyuk had three assists, Nicklas Lidstrom scored the game-winner and Chris Osgood turned aside 32 shots.

Buffalo 1, Florida 0 (story/highlights)

- Thomas Vanek scored the only goal and Ryan Miller earned a 32-save shutout.

San Jose 4, Calgary 5 (story/highlights)

- Owen Nolan had a hat trick and Craig Conroy and Alex Tanguay had two assists each.

Chicago 3, Colorado 6 (story/highlights)

- Tyler Arnason and Marek Svatos had three points each.

News and Views…

Anaheim: Placed Maxim Kondratiev on waivers.

Atlanta: Steve McCarthy returned after missing 10 games with a strained muscle… Bill Tiller of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution talks about the hit by Jarkko Ruutu that injured Ilya Kovalchuk Wednesday night. (more...)

Calgary: Assigned Ryan Donally to Las Vegas of the East Coast League.

Carolina: Placed Jeff Hamilton on waivers.

Chicago: Kris Versteeg and David Bolland were assigned to Rockford.

Columbus: Recalled Gilbert Brule from Syracuse.

Detroit: Dallas Drake and Henrik Zetterberg returned from injuries, while Brett Lebda is day-to-day.

Edmonton: Assigned David Rohlfs to Springfield.

Florida: Jozef Stumpel and Branislav Mezei returned from injury… Assigned Anthony Stewart to Rochester.

Montreal: Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette talks about Josh Gorges role on the Canadiens blueline. (more...)

Nashville: David Legwand and Darcy Hordichuk could return tonight when the Preds play the Blue Jackets, writes Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean. (more...)

New York Islanders: Five players for the Islanders missed practice with the flu as the illness rips through the team, writes Erik Boland of Newsday. (more...)

New York Rangers: Head coach Tom Renney wants his team to go to the net more because that’s where most goals are scored, write Larry Brooks of the New York Post. (more...)

Ottawa: Daniel Alfredsson is day-to-day with a hip injury… Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen discusses Ray Emery’s troubles and talks about the “modern day player.” (more...)

Philadelphia: Jesse Boulerice was assigned to the Phantoms.

Phoenix: Bill Thomas and Mike Zigomanis were assigned to San Antonio.

St. Louis: Assigned Steven Wagner to Peoria and recalled Mike Glumac.

Tampa Bay:
Assigned Kyle Wanvig to Norfolk… GM Jay Feaster said the team is searching for a reliable No. 1 goalie, whether it’s in a trade or via free agency, writes Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times. (more...)

Toronto: Assigned Peter Tsimikalis to the Marlies and recalled Ben Ondrus… Chad Kilger is day-to-day for personal reasons… Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star says Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is the perfect fit in Toronto for the team’s new GM. (more...)

Vancouver: Assigned Drew MacIntyre to Manitoba and recalled Jason Jaffray, Mike Brown and Luc Bourdon.

The Caps players feel Alexei Kovalev and the Canadiens were trying to embarrass them by running up the score late in the game Tuesday, writes Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. (more...)

What’s on tap…

Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.

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

Montreal at Washington, 7:00 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.

Boston at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Nashville, 8:00 p.m.

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