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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 9:24 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

OTT @ NYI - 7:22 of the Third Period

At 7:22 of the third period in the Islanders/Senators game, video review determined that Keith Aucoin kicked the puck into the net with his skate. No goal New York Islanders. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 4:44 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Canucks call on Schneider to start against Blues

VANCOUVER -- Cory Schneider will be back in the Vancouver Canucks' goal against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, TSN) for the first time since March 10, and he's hoping to find an early rhythm after watching Roberto Luongo play the past four games, including a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

"You always want to see shots early but it's a double-edged sword," Schneider said. "You don't want to see breakaways right away. You want to get in a rhythm and get busy and get your feet wet because it's been eight days."

The Canucks and Blues each will welcome back an important forward when they meet at Rogers Arena.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 3:19 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues activate McDonald from injured reserve

St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald was activated from injured reserve Tuesday and will be in the lineup against the Vancouver Canucks.

McDonald has been out since suffering a leg injury during practice Feb. 26. He missed 10 games, and the Blues went 6-4-0 in his absence.

In 18 games this season, McDonald has three goals and eight assists.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 2:43 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bernier looks likely to get start Tuesday for Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jonathan Bernier likely will get a chance to stay perfect at home when the Los Angeles Kings finish a back-to-back home series against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

Bernier was the first goalie off the ice at the Kings' optional skate Tuesday morning. He is 4-0-0 at Staples Center this season.

Coach Darryl Sutter probably wouldn't be questioned much if he went back to Jonathan Quick, who recorded his first shutout of the season with a 4-0 win Monday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 2:40 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Jets continue playoff push against Bruins

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will look to continue their push toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they meet the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at MTS Centre.

Both teams will return to action after shuffling their rosters Monday. The Bruins rolled into Winnipeg for a meeting with the Jets after sustaining a rare blemish to their 9-3-2 road record Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 2:38 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Laich looking to start at top speed

PITTSBURGH -- Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates repeatedly has asserted that he plans on easing forward Brooks Laich back into the lineup when his recovery from a groin injury was complete.

Now that the time has come for Laich to make his season debut, Washington's alternate captain isn't interested in slowly working his way into the lineup.

"We don't have the luxury of taking the time to get back into form," Laich said Tuesday, in advance of the Capitals' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). "I'm expected to be certain things when I'm on the ice, and anything less than that is not acceptable."

Laich has been activated from injured reserve and will play against the Penguins. It will be his first game action since November, when he injured his groin playing for a team in Switzerland.

"I have been in 'season mode' since September," Laich said. "I just want to make a seamless transition to be part of the team. I don't want this to be any sort of distraction to the guys or anything -- I'm just going to come in, play my game and try to contribute to a win."

Across the Capitals' locker room, it was clear Laich's return was welcomed. Washington (12-15-1) entered Tuesday seven points out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Perry deal, Tuesday's action

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Corey Perry to an eight-year contract extension and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have reaction to this and much more. With nine games on the schedule Tuesday night, we'll also peek in on the pregame skates with our Ice Pass.

We'll get pre-game reports from multiple cities, including Pittsburgh as the Penguins look for 10 straight wins facing the Capitals, New Jersey for the Atlantic Division matchup between the Rangers and Devils, Long Island for the Senators-Islanders game, and Columbus to preview the Blue Jackets-Predators. NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the Blues-Canucks and the stellar play of St. Louis goalie Jake Allen.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all nine games being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 1:07 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Hat Tricks for Trees Hits 1,000

In January, NHL Green announced the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation is donating 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

To date, the League has now pledged to plant 1,000 trees as part of the initiative.

By the numbers: Only one player, Chris Kunitz, has recorded more than one hat trick at this point in the season. As a team, the Anaheim Ducks (Cogliano, Palmieri, Bonino), Philadelphia Flyers (Read, Voracek) and Calgary Flames (Glencross, Cammalleri) have had multiple players contribute hat tricks. Only one team (Anaheim Ducks) have lost this season when one of their players tallied three goals in a game (Cogliano, March 2). Of the twenty hat tricks recorded thus far, seven have been career-firsts (Voracek, Kopecky, Palmieri, Read, Bonino, Kadri and Sobotka).

Read on, and take a look back at the players who notched hat tricks 11 through 20 this season, contributing 500 trees to the League’s total pledge.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 1:00 PM

By Chris Adamski -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Malkin, Letang out; Cooke game-time decision

PITTSBURGH -- For the first time in 10 days, Evgeni Malkin spent Tuesday morning skating with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates.

He won't, however, be joining them on the ice Tuesday night when they face the Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

The reigning NHL MVP's return to game action could come soon, though.

Malkin skated on his own with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar for about a half-hour before the Penguins' full group had its morning skate.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 1:00 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose's Pep Talk: Nashville Predators

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We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday