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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 10:49 AM

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

McGinn added to Flyers' top line

With Danny Briere out indefinitely with a concussion, the Philadelphia Flyers have juggled their lines again heading into their game Tuesday against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) in hope of finding a spark to ignite their fading Stanley Cup Playoff hopes.

At the team's morning skate Tuesday, rookie Tye McGinn -- called up to replace Briere -- skated on the team's top line, along with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.

Besides Briere, defenseman Nicklas Grossmann was not on the ice Tuesday. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained in practice last week, but is unlikely to play Tuesday. He also sat out the Flyers' game Sunday at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 12:32 AM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

SJS @ ANA - 10:04 of the Third Period

At 10:04 of the third period in the Sharks/Ducks game video review proved inconclusive in determining whether Martin Havlat deflected the puck into the net with a high-stick. Therefore, the referee's call on the ice that James Sheppard shot the puck into the net in a legal fashion stands. Good Goal San Jose.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 12:24 AM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

SJS @ ANA - 7:56 of the Third Period

At 7:56 of the third period in the Sharks/Ducks game video review proved inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice that Logan Couture deflected the puck into the net with a high-stick stands. No Goal San Jose.

According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick."

Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 9:51 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

LAK @ CHI - 19:59 of the Second Period

At 19:59 of the second period in the Kings/Blackhawks game, video review determined the puck deflected off Dwight King's skate and into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good Goal Los Angeles.

Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 5:20 PM

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

Melrose's Pep Talk: Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 4:05 PM

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

Yzerman looking for jolt from Boucher firing

I will be honest and say that with the way the Tampa Bay Lightning had been going for the last two months, I thought coach Guy Boucher's days might be numbered, but I actually didn't think he would get fired until this summer. I thought Tampa Bay wouldn't do it during the regular season because the team is just six points out of a playoff spot right now but general manager Steve Yzerman must have felt Boucher had lost the team, because making a move like this with 18 games left in the season is somewhat unusual.

The reason I think this happened now is that Yzerman is trying to get a bump from his team. The Lightning have lost three games in a row, they gave up four goals in the first period Saturday night in Ottawa and they just haven't been playing well for a while. But they're also just six points out, and that's not a margin that's insurmountable. Sometimes when you fire a coach the players respond and rattle off five or six wins in a row. With the shortened season, we're basically in the middle of the playoffs anyway. Making this move allows Yzerman to appease the fans by doing something, it could potentially give the Lightning that bump they need to make the playoffs and perhaps most importantly, it makes Yzerman a proactive general manager. He's making it clear that losing and the potential of missing the playoffs for a second straight season is not acceptable.

Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:49 PM

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

Dvorak relishing chance to return to NHL with Ducks

ANAHEIM -- After Radek Dvorak couldn't continue his 17-year career in the National Hockey League, he went to Switzerland. But he said that "deep in my mind and my soul I was hoping if I come back, maybe I can get another shot, and it happened."

Dvorak, who turned 36 this month, not only signed a one-year, $675,000 pro-rated contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday but he cleared waivers Monday to join a Stanley Cup-contending team. The veteran wing is sixth on the active games played list at 1,191, but he has not played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2005-06 season.

"I'm so glad it was Anaheim," Dvorak said. "It's nice to be back in the NHL. It was tough for me to leave after 17 years in the League, but that's how it is. That's life. But like I said, it's nice to be back with a team like Anaheim -- one of the best teams in the League. I'm very glad and I'm very happy."


Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Crosby, Ovechkin to join busy Cisco NHL Live

Get your hockey week started with Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek. Who will be the next coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning? We'll be joined by NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie to find out who the front runners are to take over in Tampa Bay, and you won't want to miss Barry Melrose's interpretation of what Steve Yzerman might have said to his team after releasing Guy Boucher.

You never know who's going to pop up on NHL Live, and today we have two of the best in the game. Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby will join us to talk about his new teammates, and the NHL's First Star of the Week, Alex Ovechkin, will discuss the Capitals' three-game win streak.

With seven games on Monday's schedule we have plenty to discuss, including a Northeast Division battle between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, and a Western Conference tilt between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks on NBC Sports Network. We'll get an in-depth preview of each game when we go inside TD Garden and United Center via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:14 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Smith out, LaBarbera starts Monday for Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If the Phoenix Coyotes are going to snap a season-long five-game losing streak and beat the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, they will have to do it without their No. 1 goaltender.

Mike Smith was not on the ice for Monday's morning stake and hasn't been on the ice since being run by Vancouver's Alexander Edler in the second period of Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Canucks. Jason LaBarbera will make only his second start since Jan. 26, and he steps in at a big moment -- with the Coyotes fading in the Western Conference playoff race, having collected just one point in the last 12 days.


Posted On Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:00 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Schroeder aids injury-depleted Canucks

When the stretch run of the fantasy hockey season rolls around, waiver-wire pickups can simply mean the difference between your squad staying in playoff contention or being eliminated altogether.

Jordan Schroeder
Center - VAN
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 25 | +/-: 0
Available players in promising situations that touch on more than one fantasy category should always be given thoughtful consideration -- especially if they remain under the radar despite a hot streak. For those reasons, Vancouver Canucks center Jordan Schroeder deserves to be on your team's radar in deep leagues.

The Canucks top-line center, Henrik Sedin, has put forth another top-tier fantasy campaign with consistent production (29 points, plus-16 in 32 games), but Vancouver's laundry list of injuries has dismantled its deep arsenal at the center position. David Booth is out for the season with an ankle injury and goal-scorer Ryan Kesler -- mired by multiple injuries over the last two seasons -- only played seven games before being sidelined again due to a fractured bone in his foot.

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