NHL news and notes: February 19

NHL news and notes: February 19

Monday, February 19, 2007


Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins - Fleury is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Islanders. Jocelyn Thibault was brilliant last night in a 3-2 win over the Capitals and should see more starts over the next month due to a heavy schedule, but this is Fleury's team.

Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders - DiPietro is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Penguins.

Curtis Joseph, Phoenix Coyotes - Joseph is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Predators.

Tomas Vokoun, Nashville Predators - Vokoun is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Coyotes.

Hannu Toivonen, Boston Bruins - Toivonen is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Flyers. Tonight is the first of back-to-back games so check back later for a confirmation.

Antero Niittymaki, Philadelphia Flyers - Niittymaki is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Bruins.


Year-to-date: 1689 / 1780 = 94.9%

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Hockey Today - February 19
Mon, Feb 19, 2007
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- Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen, Stars, each scored two goals to help Dallas beat San Jose 5-2.

- Brendan Morrison, Canucks, scored twice and Vancouver beat Colorado 5-4.

- David Backes, Blues, scored twice in St. Louis' 5-3 victory over Minnesota.

TEEMU'S THE TOPS

Teemu Selanne scored his club-record 301st goal with Anaheim in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to Los Angeles. Selanne's milestone goal topped the previous club record set by former linemate Paul Kariya. The goal was the 36th of the season for Selanne and his 17th in the last 21 games.

SNAPPED

San Jose ended its team-record scoreless streak at 190 minutes, 22 seconds with Mark Bell's third period power-play goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Dallas. The Sharks' previous record shutout streak was 165 minutes, 38 seconds from Jan. 21-Feb. 1, 1999. ... Montreal beat Columbus 3-2 Sunday night to end a season-worst six-game losing streak. The Canadiens, who moved into a tie with Toronto for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, entered having dropped from fourth place to ninth in the standings behind an 8-17-1 record since Dec. 23.

ELECTRIC BLUE

St. Louis beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday and is 18-9-5 since Andy Murray became coach in mid-December. The Blues, mired in last place earlier this season, inched 10 points behind the Wild for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

STREAKING

Pittsburgh has won six in a row, and is 14-0-2 in its last 16 games, after beating Washington 3-2 on Sunday. It's the Penguins' longest streak since an 18-game run that ended the 1992-93 season and included their league-record 17-game winning streak.

RELEASED

New York Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan was released from the hospital on Sunday, after spending the night under observation for a concussion. The 38-year-old forward was knocked unconscious Saturday during a 5-3 home loss to Philadelphia after colliding with Flyers forward Mike Knuble. Tests didn't reveal any neurological damage, and Shanahan doesn't have any other serious injuries beyond the concussion and general aches and pains. It is unknown how long he will be sidelined, but he won't play for at least a week. Shanahan leads the team with 28 goals.

TRADE

Edmonton sent defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron to the New York Islanders on Sunday for defenseman Denis Grebeshkov. Bergeron, who has eight goals and 16 assists in 55 games this season, has spent his entire four-year career with the Oilers. Grebeshkov was a first-round draft pick in 2002, and is expected to remain in Russia this season.

SPEAKING

''Maybe our belly was full from last night. You beat a great team and you feel that things will be easy the next day, but they're not.'' - Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire after Sunday's 5-3 loss to St. Louis. The Wild won 4-1 at Nashville on Saturday night.

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