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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.

Washington:
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.

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

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