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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 9:50 AM

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

Special 1 p.m. ET start time for Cisco NHL Live

An early President's Day edition of Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 1 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will provide highlights and live look-ins of the two early games between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils, and the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders, as well as preview the 3 p.m. ET game on NHL Network between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche. We'll also get live updates in Colorado from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie fills us in on the latest news and notes, while Barry Melrose gives us his favorite Presidents' Trophy winners.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5 with a President's Day theme.

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 11:30 PM

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

AHL player stable, alert after seizure

Wade MacLeod of the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons was "stable and alert" Sunday night at a local hospital after suffering a seizure during the second period of a game against the Adirondack Phantoms, a release from the team said.

MacLeod, who was hit into the glass by Adirondack’s Brandon Manning just before the seizure, was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

MacLeod sent the following message from his Twitter account late in the evening: "Feeling very blessed with all the love and support I've received. I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!"

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 7:29 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

BOS @ WPG - 10:57 of the Second Period

At 10:57 of the second period in the Bruins/Jets game video review proved inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice that Tyler Seguin tipped the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar stands. Good Goal Boston.

According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed."

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 6:37 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

DET @ MIN - 13:59 of the First Period

At 13:59 of the first period in the Red Wings/Wild game, video review supported the referee's decision on the ice that Tomas Tatar's shot did not cross the goal line. No Goal Detroit.

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 4:58 PM

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

"Banged-up" Nash to play for Rangers

NEW YORK -- A "banged-up" Rick Nash took part in pregame warmups for the New York Rangers on Sunday night, and he is in the lineup against the Washington Capitals (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at Madison Square Garden.

"He's banged up," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "We're going to see if he can go."

Nash did not take part in Rangers' practice Saturday, although the day off was characterized as a maintenance day by Tortorella at that time. Later Saturday, the Rangers recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut of the AHL one day after he was assigned to the Whale.

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 4:25 PM

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

Canucks making one change to lineup

The Vancouver Canucks will make one lineup change after having a six-game winning streak snapped, with Roberto Luongo back in goal after Cory Schneider struggled in Vancouver's 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars Friday.

While that will only increase the glare of an already bright spotlight on the Canucks' rotating goalie situation, Luongo is the first to pass the credit for his NHL-leading 1.45-goals against average to the tight defensive play in front of him.

Going into the Canucks' game against the St. Louis Blues Sunday night, Vancouver leads the NHL with just 14 goals against while playing five-on-five. Four of those came Friday in a blown-lead loss to the Stars, and that included two Schneider would admittedly want back. Up until that game, though, Luongo said this is as tight as the Canucks have played in his six-plus seasons here.

"It's not just us goalies and the D, it's the forwards too, coming back, putting pressure on guys, making sure they don't have the time and space to make plays," Luongo said. "It all starts with back pressure – we've barely given up any odd-man rushes. If you eliminate that from the game we already have a big jumpstart on other teams. After that just make sure we play our system 5-on-5 and don't give up much."

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 4:03 PM

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

Canadiens' Gallagher out with concussion

Montreal Canadiens' wing Brendan Gallagher, whose five goals tie him with Nail Yakupov and Cory Conacher for second among NHL rookies, will miss the team's next game after sustaining a concussion Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The team revealed following practice on Sunday that the 20-year-old rookie suffered the concussion while being checked into the boards by Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Gallagher was feeling fine Sunday but would be held out of the game Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Gallagher opened the scoring Saturday night with his fifth goal of the season, tying him with Rene Bourque for second on the Canadiens. Two other players who left the game early with injuries, wing Max Pacioretty and defenseman Alexei Emelin, both returned to practice Sunday morning after sustaining upper-body injuries.

Therrien also revealed that backup goaltender Peter Budaj would get his second straight start Monday. Budaj filled in Saturday for starter Carey Price, who has been sidelined by an illness.

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 4:00 PM

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

Luongo to start for Canucks

Vancouver, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks will make just one lineup change two days after having a six-game win streak snapped, with Roberto Luongo back in goal after Cory Schneider struggled in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

That change will only increase the glare of an already bright spotlight on the Canucks' rotating goalie situation. But Luongo is the first person to credit the team in front of him for his NHL-leading 1.45 goals-against average.

Going into Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver leads the NHL with just 14 goals allowed while playing five-on-five. Four of those came Friday night, when they blew a 3-1 lead mid-way through the game. The Stars scored three unanswered goals to win that game, including two Schneider would likely want back. Despite the musical chairs in the Vancouver crease, Luongo insists this is as sound the Canucks have played defensively in his six-plus seasons here.

“It’s not just us goalies and the D, it's the forwards too. Coming back, putting pressure on guys, making sure they don’t have the time and space to make plays,” Luongo said. “It all starts with back pressure – we’ve barely given up any odd-man rushes. If you eliminate that from the game we already have a big jumpstart on other teams.”

Vancouver allowed just six goals during their six-game win streak, which coincided with Alain Vigneault's decision to break up his top defensive pairing of Jason Garrison and Alexander Edler, who is playing his first full season as a left shot on the right side. The Vancouver defense has been mostly airtight since the change.

“It’s an extremely tight team and we have close support, especially in our end and that’s been good to get out of our end," Garrison said. "You have quick, easy passes and everyone moves as a five-man unit.”

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 3:50 PM

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

Toews talks third NHL fight

CHICAGO – Jonathan Toews has only had three fights in his young career, but the last one left its mark on his right eye.

Toews, a highly-skilled center and captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, scrapped with San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton in the first period of a 4-1 Chicago win at United Center on Friday. He wound up taking a few shots from the much-taller Thornton, but felt like he proved his point regardless.

"I think there’s times where you have to assert yourself and stand up for yourself and I think that’s all it was," Toews said. "You’re not going to see me do that very often and I haven’t in my career. But it is part of the game, and maybe [I did it] for that reason … that you want to buy your time and space and respect out on the ice. I guess that’s something you kind of have to do to prove you deserve it, I guess."

Posted On Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 3:41 PM

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

Blues' Halak ready, but Allen remains in net

VANCOUVER -- Goalie Jaroslav Halak is ready to return to the St. Louis Blues’ net.

Jake Allen’s strong play means the Blues don’t have to rush him back into a game.

After winning his first two NHL starts, Allen will be in goal for a third-straight game Sunday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Halak, though, told NHL.com after the morning skate he will back up for the first time since hurting his groin in a Feb. 1 game against the Detroit Red Wings. Halak was set to start Feb. 11 against the Los Angeles Kings, but tweaked the groin in the pre-game warm ups.

"I’m going to back up tonight," Halak said.

Allen earned the chance to build off his first two NHL wins while Brian Elliott, who will watch from the press box, tries to find his game with video and on-ice work with goaltending coach Corey Hirsch.

"We know we’ve got to get Jaro and Brian going," said coach Ken Hitchcock of Allen’s strong play. "This just bought us some time."

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