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Posted On Friday, 01.20.2012 / 1:20 AM

NHL.com - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

CGY/LAK - Shootout

In the shootout of the Flames/Kings game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Jack Johnson scored on a rebound. According to rule 24.2 "No penalty shot or shootout goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind ."  No Goal Los Angeles.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 9:56 PM

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BUF @ WPG - 11:56 of the Second Period

At 11:56 of the second period in the Sabres/Jets game, the NHL Situation Room initiated a video review following a scrum in front of the Jets net. The referee had determined on the ice that there was goaltender interference and thus there was no review. According to rule 69.3 "If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed." No Goal, No Penalty.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 9:29 PM

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MIN @ TOR - 17:33 of the Third Period

At 17:33 of the third period in the Wild/Maple Leafs game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Nick Johnson's shot crossed the goal line in a legal fashion. Good Goal Minnesota.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 9:12 PM

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

Hanzal back in Phoenix starting lineup

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, who has missed the last 12 games due to an upper body injury, is back in the starting lineup tonight as they take on the Detroit Red Wings.
The Coyotes were 3-5-4 in the 12 games without Hanzal. who will start the game between wingers Taylor Pyatt and Mikkel Boedker. Hanzal hasn't played since being hit in the head with a stick in a Dec. 23 home loss to the St. Louis Blues. Hanzal accompanied the team to Anaheim on Wednesday but returned to Phoenix to be present for the birth of his first child.
Marc-Antonie Pouliot, who had two assists in eight games filling Hanzal's center spot, was a healthy scratch.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 9:02 PM

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MIN @ TOR - :47 of the Third Period

At :47 of the third period in the Wild/Maple Leafs game, video review determined that Joffrey Lupul's pass deflected off Mikhail Grabovski's right 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 Toronto.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 7:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Holmgren trying to stay optimistic about Pronger

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren called himself "a glass is half full kind of guy," but admitted there's almost no chance defenseman Chris Pronger plays again this season.

It was announced Dec. 15 that Pronger would miss the rest of the season and playoffs due to major post-concussion syndrome. He originally was injured when he was struck in the eye by a stick Oct. 24, and while he returned two weeks later and played five games, he was removed from the lineup following a Nov. 19 game in Winnipeg and hasn't played since.

Pronger's wife, Lauren, said during an interview with Comcast SportsNet on Wednesday, "It's a tough go at home. We're going day-to-day right now -- good days, bad days. It's been a lot of trauma going on. We're just praying right now. He's battling. He wants to be out there more than anybody. It's tough for all of us to watch him go through this."

Holmgren said he's spoken to Pronger a number of times, and told reporters before tonight's game against the New York Islanders that Pronger is going through different procedures in an attempt to help him feel better.

"He was prescribed glasses, I think that's helped him a bit," said Holmgren. "He's doing some other stuff, some other treatment regiments. He's seeing the doctors again Feb. 1. We'll have a little better idea where we're at -- or maybe we won't, I don't know. We'll continue to monitor and hope for the best."

Holmgren had left the door open for Pronger to return this season, but said from what he's heard from Pronger, that doesn't seem feasible.

"I'm a glass is half full kind of guy," he said. "I don't know. We'll see. I would say the odds of that happening aren't very good."

Holmgren also commented on the chance of signing Jaromir Jagr to a contract extension in the near future. Jagr told reporters following the team's morning skate that he'd like to return to Philadelphia but wants to table those discussions until after the season.

"I don't want to talk about it because we've got 40 games to go and the playoffs," he said. "I just want to let it go. If I'm going to play good, I don't think it's going to be a problem (returning)."

Holmgren said he's spoken with Jagr and his agent, Petr Svoboda, about a new deal, and envisions speaking further.

"We've had some talks," said Holmgren. "I don't really want to comment any further on that right now. We've talked about it. We'd like to have him back, too. I made that public a little earlier. He was the one that was hesitant, let's see how it goes type of thing. I sat with Jaromir and Petr yesterday for a quite a while and talked to Petr again today. We'll see. No need to comment on it any further than that right now."

Holmgren also gave an update on the Flyers' other concussed player, forward James van Riemsdyk.

"He did a little better today," said Holmgren. "He worked out today and didn't have any effects."

The news wasn't as good for center Blair Betts, who has been on injured reserve all season due to a knee injury.

"I think it's safe to say he's not going to play this year," said Holmgren. "I don't think Blair is going to be able to play. I don't think he could pass a physical at this point. … He skated yesterday before our meeting and it didn't go very well. His one knee is not going very well, not responding."

Holmgren said the next step would be to try to find Betts another role in the organization.

"We'll meet again and see if there's some little area now we can get him involved in," said Holmgren. "I'm not sure what that is."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 7:23 PM

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NYI @ PHA - 6:44 of the First Period

At 6:44 of the first period in the Islanders/Flyers game, video review determined that John Tavares pass was kicked into the Flyers net by Matt Moulson's left skate.  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.". No Goal Islanders.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 6:51 PM

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

Tallinder a late scratch for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils coach Pete DeBoer said Thursday morning he anticipated using the same group of defensemen that played in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Winnipeg. However, Henrik Tallinder was ruled out by the Devils prior to the game with a lower-body injury.

The Devils had an optional skate Thursday morning and Tallinder did not skate in it. Matt Taormina, who hasn't played in the last four games, will take Tallinder's spot in the lineup.

As a result, the Devils have switched up their defensive pairs as well. Mark Fayne, who was initially supposed to play with Tallinder, skated in warmups with Bryce Salvador. Taormina was paired with rookie Adam Larsson. Anton Volchenkov remained with Kurtis Foster.

If Tallinder were healthy, Salvador would have played with Larsson.

Tallinder was also a late scratch on Dec. 16 against Dallas with back spasms. He missed six straight games before returning on Dec. 31. He has played in the previous nine straight games.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 6:22 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Isles' Reese ready to face his idol -- Jagr

PHILADELPHIA -- Growing up in the Pittsburgh suburbs, New York Islanders defenseman Dylan Reese said watching Jaromir Jagr with the Pittsburgh Penguins was one of the reasons he started playing hockey.

Tonight, he'll go head-to-head with his idol.

"He came in right around the time I stared playing," Reese, 27, told NHL.com. "He's one of the reasons I started playing, him and (Mario) Lemieux and the Penguins' Cup (winners) in '91 and '92 -- that's when hockey picked up in Pittsburgh and that's when guys my age started playing the sport."

Reese, a 2003 seventh-round pick of the Isles, got a close-up look this morning when he watched part of the Flyers' morning skate, said he thought this day never would happen once Jagr left for Russia in 2008.

"It's pretty exciting to play against him," said Reese. "I always admired his playing style and how he uses his body to protect the puck and he always seems like he's one of the toughest guys to get the puck off of. I'm excited to play against him tonight."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 6:16 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Wingels will stay on Sharks' top line vs. Ottawa

SAN JOSE -- Midway through the San Jose Sharks' 2-1 shootout win over Calgary on Tuesday night, rookie forward Tommy Wingels jumped from the third line to the first, joining Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

That's where it looks like Wingels will be skating Thursday night when the Sharks face Ottawa at HP Pavilion.

"You prepare for moments like this," Wingels said after the morning skate. "When you think about playing up, this ultimately is the spot you want. You're always dreaming about playing with guys like that in this situation. I don't' think there's too much pressure. I'll just stick to my game. You can't change the way you play. I'm sure they'll do the same thing."

Thornton said Wingels "seemed to be calm" Tuesday night, and he expects him to remain that way in what could be seen as a pressure-filled assignment for a rookie.

"He's a pretty calm guy in general," Thornton said. "It didn't really faze him. Hopefully we get some chemistry and get it going."

"Chemistry isn't made overnight, but they're great players, and I'm just going to try to help them continue being great players," Wingels said.

Fourth-line center Andrew Desjardins will return to the lineup after missing two games with a head injury. He took a shoulder-to-head hit Saturday against Columbus from Dane Byers, who was suspended three games by the League.

Desjardins passed his baseline concussion test and was cleared on Wednesday to play.

"We expect him to be ready to go," coach Todd McLellan said.

The Sharks have been carrying three goaltenders since Dec. 23 when Antero Niittymaki was recalled from a conditioning stint with Worcester, joining Antti Niemi and backup Thomas Greiss.

Niittymaki hasn't played in or even dressed for a game this season with the Sharks since his recall. On Thursday, he headed back to Worcester for another conditioning assignment. He's expected to play two games for Worcester over the weekend, general manager Doug Wilson said.

Niittymaki's trip to Worcester coincides with the start of top goalie prospect Alex Stalock's stint at Stockton of the ECHL. Stalock suffered a season-ending injury during a game for Worcester last Feb. 4. He had a nerve behind his left knee severed when he was accidently stepped on by an opponent. He's expected to play his first game since that injury on Saturday.

Thursday night's game will be a reunion of sorts for McLellan and Ottawa Senators first-year coach Paul MacLean, who spent three seasons together as Detroit Red Wings assistants under Mike Babcock. They'll face each other for the first time as coaches in the NHL.

The Senators went 32-40-10 last season under Cory Clouston, who was let go and replaced by MacLean. This season, they're 26-16-6 and have gone 8-1-1 in their past 10 games.

"I think that Paul MacLean has done a tremendous job," McLellan said. "He's done such a good job instilling his system and getting the players to believe in it. I think when you watch them and do the pre-scout, it's pretty evident.

"Obviously spending time with him and Mike, I have a good idea of how they want to play, and you can see it. And I think that's a sign of a coach doing a tremendous job. … It looks like they're having fun playing the game. It looks like they have an identity. They're a very dynamic offensive team when they're on the entries. Their defense is up in the rush, very much like a Red Wing team."

And very much like a Sharks team, too, for that matter.

"I think there's similarities," MacLean said. "You don't work together with people and have success and not share ideas and have an idea of how to play, so there's really a lot of similarities among the three teams, I would say. But each person also brings their own little tweak, a thing that they might think is a little bit more important, but also the rest of the league mimics whatever's successful, so there's an awful lot of similarity throughout the league, too."

McLellan said he's probably "further into the evolution" away from his Red Wings days than MacLean because this is his fourth season at San Jose.

"You bring a lot of the principles with you, but if you're not changing and you're not evolving with your players and the tools you have, you're going to be left behind," McLellan said. "The game has changed a lot in our four years here."

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