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The Hockey News Daily Dish: March 20

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In his Double OT column, Mike Brophy says Evgeni Nabokov is the reason the Sharks have been able to put on a push for top spot late in the season.

In his blog, Ryan Dixon explains how Eric Staal has carried the Hurricanes on his shoulders down the playoff drive.

Adam Proteau discusses a brewing rivalry between Buffalo and Philadelphia, and Ovechkin’s new hair deal, in his blog.

In the Top 10, we count down the youngsters you may see make the jump from college or junior to the NHL for the rest of the season.

In the Fantasy Mailbag: Which rookie to pick, Toews or Mueller? Any sneaky picks available from Russia? And should you make a run with your team, or not?

Yesterday’s Action…

Tampa Bay 4, Buffalo 7 (story/highlights)

- Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick, Jason Pominville had four points as the Sabres put up six goals in the third to mount a comeback.

New York Rangers 2, New Jersey 1 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Nigel Dawes won the game in the shootout and Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves.

Carolina 5, Atlanta 3 (story/highlights)

- Sergei Samsonov had a goal and an assist and Cam Ward made 31 saves.

Columbus 1, Detroit 3 (story/highlights)

- Henrik Zetterberg scored all of the Wings’ goals and Chris Osgood turned aside 22 shots.

Anaheim 2, Dallas 1 (highlights)

- Todd Bertuzzi scored the game-winner in the final minute and J-S Giguere made 20 saves.

Washington 0, Chicago 5 (story/highlights)

- Nikolai Khabibulin earned a 25-save shutout and Jason Williams had two points.

Minnesota 3, San Jose 4 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Joe Pavelski and Jeremy Roenick each scored, and then added another in the shootout and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves.

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News and Views…

Boston: Ross Kerber of the Boston Globe talks about the re-naming of the arena…yet again. (more...)

Chicago: Yanic Perreault returned from a wrist injury… Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune discusses the Blackhawks’ honoring of Tony Esposito before Wednesday’s game against the Caps. (more...)

Columbus: Kris Russell is day-to-day with a groin injury… Fredrik Modin returned after missing a game with the flu.

Detroit: Valtteri Filppula is day-to-day with a groin injury… Aaron Downey returned from the flu.

Florida: Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post talks about the team’s drive for a playoff spot and how it could save Jacques Martin’s job. (more...)

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Times reports the end of Jack Johnson’s season, although he could be ready for the World Championship. (more...)

Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star Tribune writes about the end of Kurtis Foster’s season to a broken leg. (more...)

New Jersey: Bryce Salvador is day-to-day with a lower body injury while Colin White returned from an upper body injury.

Signed Michael-Lee Teslak, Matthew Clarkson and Rob Bellamy and assigned them to the Phantoms.

San Jose: Curtis Brown returned from a hand injury that had him miss 26 games.

St. Louis: Assigned Ryan Reaves to Peoria and signed Julian Talbot.

Tampa Bay: Mike Lundin is day-to-day with an ankle injury.

Toronto: Signed James Reimer to an entry-level contract… Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star says the Leafs are playing the waiting game on injured players Nik Antropov, Mats Sundin and Carlo Colaiacovo. (more...)

What’s on tap…

Montreal at Boston, 7:00 p.m.

St. Louis at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

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

Carolina at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Nashville, 8:00 p.m.

Colorado at Calgary, 9:00 p.m.

Vancouver at Edmonton, 9:00 p.m.

Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m.

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