Forward Darcy Tucker of the Toronto Maple Leafs was fined $2,500 US but escaped any further punishment from the NHL on Tuesday after the league automatically reviewed his match penalty from the previous night’s game.
At long last, Kari Lehtonen is back in the fold for the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Thrashers activated Lehtonen from injured reserve on Monday, nearly three months after the goaltender injured his groin in their season debut.
The 22-year-old Lehtonen, who last week was named to Finland’s Olympic team, left the Thrashers’ 2-0 setback at Florida on Oct. 5 after just one period and was placed on IR the next day.
The second overall pick in the 2002 draft, Lehtonen went 4-0 late in the 2003-04 season, posting a 1.25 goals-against average with one shutout. During the NHL lockout, he led the AHL Chicago Wolves to the Calder Cup finals.
He’s pushed all the right buttons, but most of the time without a great deal of his tested talent, so maybe Ken Hitchcock should start getting some credit for the Flyers’ ability to weather the injury storm.
Say what you want about overachieving youngsters such as Dennis Seidenberg, Freddy Meyer, Ben Eager and R.J. Umberger.
They’re not doing this by themselves. Hitchcock is putting them in positions to succeed. He’s coaching them in a way that asks for skill but demands work.
Chris Bourque scored five goals and Phil Kessel had five assists to lead the United States in an 11-2 romp over Norway Monday night at the world junior hockey championship.
Bourque was careful not to show any disrespect towards Norway after the game, but admitted the U.S. used the match to sharpen its skills for Wednesday’s encounter with Finland then the New Year’s Eve showdown with Canada.
“It gives you a chance to work on things that you need to work on for the bigger games,” said Bourque, 19, the son of Hall-of-Famer Ray Bourque.
After recording points on all six of the Atlanta Thrashers’ goals in two games, right winger Marian Hossa on Monday was named the NHL’s offensive player of the week.
Hossa had a goal and five assists in the Thrashers’ 6-5 shootout loss to Washington last Tuesday. The next night in New Jersey, he scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Devils.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller earned defensive player of the week honors after recording a 0.96 goals-against average and .969 save percentage in two games.
Last Monday, Miller made 33 saves and denied three of four attempts in the shootout as the Sabres edged Philadelphia 2-1. Four days later, he made 30 saves in a 4-1 win against Tampa Bay.
Put on some ABBA-kah
Here comes Hakan-Hanukkah!
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To celebrate Hakan-Hanukkah!