Yesterday at THN.com...
Ryan Kennedy looks at the help the Capitals and other teams are receiving from the American League in his 'The Straight Edge' column.
Ken Campbell talks about Jim Balsillie's desire to own an NHL team, Jason Kay explores the head-shot issue and CWHL goalie Erika Vanderveer tells readers what it's like to face the best players in the world in a shootout in THN.com Blogs.
Adam Proteau answers reader's questions in Ask Adam.
We go one-one-one with Flames tough guy Andre Roy in Getting to Know.
Vesa Toskala, G, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/12/12: With his third straight strong game after a couple of weak ones, Toronto goalkeeper Vesa Toskala helped his team to a 2-1 victory by stopping 24 shots, including three by NHL goals leader Thomas Vanek.
Jamie Langenbrunner, RW, New Jersey Devils
2008/12/12: Making it back-to-back two-point games, Devils winger Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist in an 8-5 win over the Rangers on Friday. He also extended his points streak to four games.
Brent Johnson, G, Washington Capitals
2008/12/12: Washington's red-hot goaltender, Brent Johnson, was at it again in the Capitals' 5-1 victory over the Senators on Friday. He made 32 saves in his fourth straight win. He's allowed just one goal in each of his last three starts.
Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals
2008/12/12: Alex Ovechkin was flying again during Friday's 5-1 victory over the Senators. The Capitals' superstar had nine shots on goal, scoring twice on the power play.
Steve Downie, RW/C, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/12/12: On Friday, young agitator Steve Downie was sent down to Norfolk of the AHL by the Lightning. Since being acquired from the Flyers just over a month ago, he had one point and 16 penalty minutes in eight games.
John Curry, G, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/12/12: The Penguins sent rookie goaltender John Curry and winger Chris Minard to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Friday. Curry was solid in his first three NHL games, winning two. In seven games, Minard was pointless and minus-6.
Kevin Porter, W/C, Phoenix Coyotes
2008/12/12: Rookie forward Kevin Porter broke camp with the Coyotes, but his run has come to an end, assigned to San Antonio of the AHL on Friday. He had 10 points in his first 25 NHL games and was a healthy scratch for Phoenix's last two games.
Ryan Jones, RW/LW, Nashville Predators
2008/12/12: With just one point in his last eight games for the Predators, winger Ryan Jones was sent back to Milwaukee of the AHL on Friday. He'd been with Milwaukee about three weeks before being called up for Thursday's game.
Marc Denis, G, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/12: Journeyman goaltender Marc Denis is back in the NHL with the Canadiens for the first time this year after being recalled on Friday. He joins forward Ben Maxwell coming up from Hamilton of the AHL.
Gilbert Brule, C/W, Edmonton Oilers
2008/12/12: Pointless in two games since being recalled, young forward Gilbert Brule was sent down to Springfield of the AHL on Friday. He had one shot on goal in his two games with the Oilers.
Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/12/12: Out since the end of November with a groin injury, Carolina goaltender Cam Ward was activated from injured reserve on Friday. Rookie netminder Justin Peters, who didn't get into a game since being recalled, was sent back to Albany of the AHL to make room for Ward.
Sami Lepisto, D, Washington Capitals
2008/12/12: The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Sami Lepisto back to the AHL's Hershey Bears. In seven games with the big club, the 24-year-old Finn produced four assists and a minus-3 rating. Lepisto only needs to clean up his work without the puck and in defensive-zone coverage before becoming a regular contributor in Washington.
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Manny Legace, G, St. Louis Blues
2008/12/12: St. Louis Blues veteran netminder Manny Legace has been placed on injured reserve due to a mild concussion. As a result, the club recalled Ben Bishop from the AHL's Peoria Rivermen to serve as the backup to Chris Mason Thursday at Los Angeles.
Dan Hinote, W/C, St. Louis Blues
2008/12/12: After missing 13 games due to a lower body injury, St. Louis Blues veteran winger Dan Hinote returned to the lineup Thursday at Los Angeles. He replaced fourth-line agitator Cam Janssen, who was a healthy scratch.
Adam Hall, W/C, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/12/12: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Adam Hall missed his third game out of four Thursday night at Montreal due to an upper body injury. Meanwhile, journeyman defenseman Jamie Heward was recalled from the AHL's Norfolk Admirals in time to suit up against the Canadiens. He replaced Mike Lundin.
Philippe Boucher, D, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/12/12: After missing six games due to an undisclosed injury, Pittsburgh Penguins veteran defenseman Philippe Boucher returned to action Thursday night against the New York Islanders. He replaced rookie Ben Lovejoy, who was returned to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Andy Sutton, D, New York Islanders
2008/12/12: After missing one game each due to the flu, defenseman Andy Sutton and forward Nate Thompson returned to the New York Islanders lineup Thursday against Pittsburgh. As a result, defenseman Joe Callahan was assigned back to the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, while winger Jon Sim--who cleared waivers--was a healthy scratch.
Saku Koivu, C, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/12: Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu left Thursday's home loss against Tampa Bay early because of a lower body injury. He is to be re-evaluated on Friday. Also, enforcer Georges Laraque missed the contest due to an undisclosed injury.
Sergei Zubov, D, Dallas Stars
2008/12/12: The Dallas Stars have placed 38-year-old veteran defenseman Sergei Zubov on injured reserve. Zubov has missed the team's last five contests due to a lower body injury. He also missed the first 12 games of the regular season while he recovered from hip surgery.
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