Hockey Today - Jan. 2

Hockey Today - Jan. 2

Hockey Today - Wednesday, January 2
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SCOREBOARD

N.Y. Rangers at Calgary (9 p.m. EST). The Rangers, who closed out 2007 with three straight wins, begin a three-game swing through Western Canada.

STARS

-Sidney Crosby, Penguins, had an assist and scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 win over Buffalo in the Winter Classic.

-Ladislav Nagy and Alexander Frolov, Kings. Nagy had his third career hat trick and two assists and Frolov had two goals and three assists as Los Angeles pounded Chicago 9-2.

-Mike Green, Capitals, had two goals and an assist to help Washington defeat Ottawa 6-3.

-Jason Blake, Maple Leafs, scored a goal and chipped in two assists and Toronto got past Tampa Bay 4-3 in a shootout.

HOT IN THE COLD

Ty Conklin finished with 36 saves, including seven in overtime, as Pittsburgh edged Buffalo 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday in the Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Conklin has yet to lose in five starts since being called up on Dec. 6 after Penguins starter Marc-Andre Fleury was injured. Conklin also upped his record to 1-1 in NHL outdoor games.

PLAYING LIKE ROYALTY

Los Angeles scored a season-high five power-play goals in a 9-2 rout of Chicago on Tuesday. The victory was the Kings' third straight following an eight-game losing streak and they hadn't scored more than three times in any of their previous 10 contests. The offensive explosion was the team's biggest since Nov. 16, 1995, when they beat the New York Islanders 9-2.

LUCKY NEW YEAR

Toronto downed Tampa Bay 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday to improve to 16-4-2 when playing a home game on New Year's Day.

CAPITALS PUNISH SENS

Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa was beaten by Washington 6-3 on Tuesday and fell to 0-3 against the Capitals (16-19-5) this season. In the three losses, the Senators have given up 18 goals.

SNAPPED

Jason Spezza's 10-game point-scoring streak ended in Ottawa's 6-3 loss to Washington on Tuesday. ... Jason Blake hadn't recorded a point in eight games before registering a goal and two assists in Toronto's 4-3 shootout win over Tampa Bay. It was his second three-point game with the Maple Leafs.

SPEAKING

''I'd love to do it again. I thought it was awesome. It was good for the game. It may not be the best hockey game because of the situation, because of the weather, because of the snow, but the atmosphere was incredible. The hell with the cynics.'' - Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, on the success of Tuesday's Winter Classic. 71,217 people watched the Sabres fall to Pittsburgh 2-1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Wednesday's NHL matchup notes
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Florida at New Jersey

These teams have split two meetings this season - both in Florida in October. The Devils have outscored the Panthers 16-6 during a five-game home win streak in the series.

Atlanta at Carolina

The Hurricanes have dropped four straight against the Thrashers at home but have won two of three overall on their own ice.

Dallas at Detroit

Detroit, which has not gone consecutive games without a point since a three-game losing streak from Nov. 11-17, went 3-0-1 against the Stars (23-13-4) last season. Dallas, though, won 4-3 in a shootout in Detroit in the most recent meeting last March.

Edmonton at St. Louis

The Blues are 1-0-1 this season against the Oilers, losing 5-4 in a shootout at home on Dec. 11. St. Louis is 7-1-1 in the past nine overall meetings.

Phoenix at Colorado

The Avalanche haven't lost in regulation in 17 straight matchups with the Coyotes, dating to a 5-3 loss in Phoenix on March 30, 2002.

N.Y. Rangers at Calgary

New York has won six of the last nine meetings with the Flames. The Rangers won 2-1 on Nov. 14, 2002 in their last trip to Calgary.

Columbus at Anaheim

The Ducks have won two of three over the Blue Jackets this season, including a 2-1 shootout victory at the Honda Center on Nov. 1.

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Hurricanes place defenseman Bret Hedican on injured reserve,recall Borer
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes placed defenseman Bret Hedican on injured reserve because of a sprained right knee on Tuesday and recalled defenseman Casey Borer from Albany.

Hedocan, who has two goals and seven assists, hurt his knee in a win over the Bruins on Dec. 28. He hasn't played since.

The 22-year-old Borer is in his first full professional season after completing a four-year career at St. Cloud State of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He currently leads Albany defensemen in goals (5), points (14) and power-play goals (4).

He was Carolina's third selection (3rd round, 69th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft

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Blackhawks top pick Toews returns to Chicago for MRI
January 2nd, 2008

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews will return to Chicago to undergo an MRI on his left knee.

The rookie suffered a sprain in the knee during the Hawks' 9-2 blowout loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Chicago's third-overall pick in the 2007 draft has posted 15 goals and 32 points in 36 games.

Toews is no stranger to injury in his first NHL campaign, having already broken his right index finger while blocking a shot earlier in the season.

To fill the roster spot, the club has called up forward Kris Versteeg from Rockford of the American Hockey League.

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Columbus activates Malhotra from IR
January 2nd, 2008

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Manny Malhotra from injured reserve on Wednesday.

Malhotra had been out of action since December 19, missing the last six games with a knee injury. He will be back in the lineup when the Columbus visits defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old appeared in 26 games prior to the setback, posting five goals and 11 points. Malhotra has compiled 59 goals and 144 points over 514 NHL games with the Rangers, Stars and Blue Jackets.

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