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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 8:22 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Panthers' Weiss watches most of third period

SUNRISE, Fla.Stephen Weiss has been a key player for the Florida Panthers for several years, but he was relegated mostly to the role of spectator in the third period of Sunday's 4-1 loss against the Boston Bruins.

Weiss received only 1:14 of ice time in the third period on only two shifts. He didn't play in the last 6:01 while the Panthers were trying to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

The longest-tenured member of the team, Weiss still leads all Panthers forwards in ice time, as he did in the last two seasons.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 6:34 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

VAN @ DET - 15:45 of the Second Period

At 15:45 of the second period in the Canucks/Red Wings game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk deflected the puck into the net with his stick above the cross bar. 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." No Goal Detroit.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 6:20 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Crawford set to return for Blackhawks

CHICAGOCorey Crawford is healthy once again for the Chicago Blackhawks and will get the start on Sunday night at United Center against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ray Emery started three straight games while Crawford sat out with an upper-body injury and also drew the start in Friday night's NHL-record setting 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks – which pushed Chicago's unprecedented start to 17 straight games with at least one point earned.

Corey Crawford
Goalie - CHI
RECORD: 7-0-3
GAA: 1.65 | SVP: 0.935
Emery has the hot hand, but Crawford was also outstanding before getting hurt – posting a line of 7-0-0 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

"Corey was going very well there, too, prior to getting injured, so it's good to have both guys back," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We've got back-to-back games. We're just looking at [Sunday's] game. It's good to have Corey back and Ray did an excellent job, like our goaltending has all year."

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 6:07 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Columbus puts Johnson on IR, recalls Johansen

CHICAGO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost another integral part of their starting lineup after defenseman Jack Johnson was put on injured reserve Sunday morning.

Johnson is currently listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury after being injured in the first period of a 2-1 loss on Saturday night in St. Louis. The Blue Jackets (5-11-2) will be the next team trying to give the Chicago Blackhawks (14-0-3) their first regulation loss in a game Sunday night at United Center.

Johnson, who’d been playing on the second pairing with Adrian Aucoin, missed a couple of shifts toward the end of the first period against the Blues on Saturday night, then tried to play at the start of the second. He left the ice 6:47 into the second and didn’t return.

The Blue Jackets, who are also without forwards Brandon Dubinsky (knee sprain) and Artem Anisimov (upper-body), recalled forward Ryan Johansen from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Sunday morning to take Johnson’s place.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 4:59 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Brodeur out with soreness for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur was supposed to start for the New Jersey Devils on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, but Johan Hedberg is getting the call instead. Hedberg will start for the second time in as many days.

Brodeur left the ice early during warmups and did not return. A team spokesman said Brodeur has "a little soreness, will be re-evaluated tomorrow."

Hedberg gave up five goals on 26 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 4:51 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Jets, Devils

Here are the projected lineups for a game Sunday between the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets at Prudential Center:

DEVILS

Bobby Butler - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk

Patrik Elias - Travis Zajac - David Clarkson

Alexei Ponikarovsky - Andrei Loktionov - Steve Bernier

Krys Barch - Jacob Josefson - Stephen Gionta

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson

Anton Volchenkov - Mark Fayne

Johan Hedberg
Martin Brodeur

JETS

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Evander Kane - Alexander Burmistrov - Nik Antropov

James Wright - Olli Jokinen - Antti Miettinen

Eric Tangradi - Jim Slater - Anthony Peluso

Grant Clitsome - Dustin Byfuglien

Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian

Mark Stuart - Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Edward Pasquale

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 3:53 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Josefson in for Devils; Miettinen to make season debut

NEWARK, N.J. -- Both the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets will have fresh faces in the lineup Sunday night after they each suffered tough losses Saturday.

The Devils, who were beaten 5-1 in Washington on Saturday, will welcome back center Jacob Josefson, who was recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League earlier in the day. Ryan Carter was put on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 18 to make room for Josefson, who was sent down to Albany a week ago after he managed only one assist and a minus-8 rating in 15 games.

Josefson will play center on the third line with Stephen Gionta moving to the wing. Devils coach Peter DeBoer said rookie Stefan Matteau "is a little banged up," so he will sit.

"We've rolled four lines for most games here, at least early, so he's gotta make the most of his opportunity," DeBoer said of Josefson.

The Jets, who blew a two-goal lead and lost 5-3 in Philadelphia on Saturday, will have forwards Antti Miettinen and Anthony Peluso in the lineup. Miettinen will be making his season debut while Peluso will be playing in just his second game of the season.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kiprusoff back on the ice for Flames

CALGARY – Having already missed nine games as a result of a sprain to his medial collateral ligament, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is back on the ice.

The 36-year-old skated on his own Sunday after being evaluated by the Flames' medical staff on Saturday. It was the first time Kiprusoff skated since having the injury re-diagnosed as a Grade 2 sprain on February 12th.

"The medical staff last night were pretty pleased with what they saw from Miikka's condition," coach Bob Hartley said. "He will not be skating with the team, though. Tomorrow morning, we're going to re-evaluate how he is, is there pain, is he good and if he's still good, we're going to keep getting him on the ice and eventually you will see him with the team."

Kiprusoff originally suffered the injury against the Detroit Red Wings on February 5th and has played just seven games this season, posting a 3.24 goals against average and .870 save percentage.

He's played more than 70 games in each of the last seven seasons for Calgary.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 2:59 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Markstrom to start for Panthers vs. Bruins

SUNRISE, Fla. — A strong effort Friday night in his first appearance

of the season earned Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom a second

consecutive start Sunday afternoon against the Boston Bruins.

Markstrom, who was called up from San Antonio of the AHL on Wednesday, stopped 37

of 40 shots in Friday's 3-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 23-year-old Swede, considered one of the top goalie prospects in

the NHL, appeared in eight games with the Panthers over the last two

seasons. He was 16-15-2 with a 2.65 GAA and a .920 save percentage

with San Antonio this season.

As was the case Friday night, Jose Theodore is serving as Markstrom's

backup against Boston, with Scott Clemmensen a healthy scratch.

Defenseman Filip Kuba and forward Alex Kovalev, celebrating his 40th

birthday, are the other Florida scratches.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 2:26 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Cervenka retuns to Flames lineup against Phoenix

CALGARY – Roman Cervenka will return to the lineup after a one-game absence as the Calgary Flames get set to host the Phoenix Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday night.

Cervenka was held out of the lineup in Calgary’s 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday in order to rest. The 27-year-old has been playing catch-up with his conditioning after a blood clot forced him to miss action leading up to the start of the season.

“I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt but we’re in the business to win games,” coach Bob Hartley said. “Here’s a young man that is coming in and didn’t play very much because of the blood clot and everything. His conditioning was not great.”

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Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday