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The Hockey News Daily Dish: March 13

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Yesterday at thn.com:

In Double OT, Mike Brophy says Wayne Gretzky is breaking the trend of former athletes being unsuccessful behind the bench, by helping turn the Coyotes around.

Ryan Dixon discusses Jonathan Cheechoo and Thomas Vanek’s re-discovering the red light, in his blog.

NHL Fan Association co-founder Jim Boone introduces you to the organization in his first blog.

In his blog, Adam Proteau calls out Dan Cloutier for whining about his situation, even though he has been given many chances in his career.

The Fantasy Mailbag answers your questions on how best to manage your fantasy team heading into the off-season and playoffs.

The THN Top 10 counts down the best “snowy” names.

Yesterday’s Action…

Calgary 2, Washington 3
(story/highlights)
- Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Olaf Kolzig made 24 saves.

Toronto 3, Philadelphia 2 (story/highlights)
- Vesa Toskala turned aside 18 shots and Pavel Kubina scored his second game-winner in a row.

New York Islanders 2, Florida 4 (story/highlights)
- Karlis Skrastins’ goal stood up as the game-winner and Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves.

Buffalo 3, Pittsburgh 7 (story/highlights)
- Sergei Gonchar, Pascal Dupuis and Daryl Sydor had two-point nights and Ty Conklin stopped 29 shots.

Carolina 3, Chicago 0 (story/highlights)
- Cam Ward earned a 25-save shutout and Eric Staal had a goal and two assists.

Vancouver 1, Anaheim 4 (story/highlights)
- Todd Marchant had two points and Jonas Hiller made 30 saves.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

News and Views…

Buffalo: Tim Connolly is day-to-day with a hip injury… Steve Bernier and Henrik Tallinder returned to the lineup and Andrew Peters was suspended for one game.

Calgary:
Andrei Zyuzin returned to the lineup from a groin injury.

Carolina: Wade Brookbank is day-to-day with a thigh injury.

Chicago: James Wisniewski was suspended for a game.

Colorado: Adam Foote is day-to-day with a hip injury.

Columbus: After having a long talk with Ken Hitchcock about it, Rick Nash was named team captain, writes Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch. (more/analysis)

Dallas: Steve Ott was suspended for three games… Re-signed Tobias Stephan and Chris Conner to one-year deals.

Detroit: Andreas Lilja is day-to-day with the flu and Dominik Hasek is day-to-day with a back injury… Recalled Jimmy Howard and Darren Helm.

Nashville: David Legwand pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge dating back to Feb. 15, writes Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean. (more...)

New York Islanders: Rusland Fedotenko is day-to-day with a knee injury, Brendan Witt is day-to-day with a knee injury, while Josef Vasicek returned to the lineup… Recalled Matthew Spiller, Tim Jackman, and Steve Regier from Bridgeport.

New York Rangers:
Signed Justin Soryal.

Philadelphia:
Denis Tolpeko and Joffrey Lupul returned from injury, while Smi Kapanen is day-to-day with the flu.

Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby is day-to-day with a right ankle injury.

Phoenix:
Craig Weller is a lesser-known player who worked his way through the minors and is now an inspirational story on the Yotes, writes Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic. (more...)

Tampa Bay: Carter Gaddis of the Tampa Tribune writes about the chemistry between Jeff Halpern, Maxime Ouellet and Mathieu Darche. (more...)

What’s on tap…

Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Calgary at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Nashville, 8:00 p.m.
New Jersey at Minnesota, 8:00 p.m.
Edmonton at Colorado, 9:00 p.m.
Vancouver at Phoenix, 10:00 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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The Hockey News Daily Dish: March 13