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 width=>>Blues' Shattenkirk To Have Abdominal Surgery

(St. Louis, MO) -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is set to undergo abdominal surgery in the next seven to 10 days. He will be listed as week-to-week following the procedure. Shattenkirk suffered the injury in Sunday's 4-3 win at Washington. The 26-year-old All-Star has eight goals and 32 assists in 49 games this season.

>>Blues Host Bolts Tonight

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Blues make a brief pit stop at home tonight to host the Lightning. St. Louis has won five straight, including back-to-back road wins at Carolina and Washington over the weekend. The Blues have won 10 of their last 11 overall. Tampa Bay has won five of its last six games.

>>No Fine, Suspension For Blues' Backes

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Blues will have captain David Backes [[ BACK-iss ]] in the lineup tonight against the Bolts. The NHL will not discipline Backes further after he received a boarding major and ejection for hitting Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner from behind in Sunday's 4-3 win over Washington.

 width=>>Blackhawks Battle Wild

(St. Paul, MN) -- The Blackhawks continue their seven-game road trip against the Wild tonight. Chicago fell to 2-and-2 on the trek with a 2-0 loss to the Sharks on Saturday. Tonight's nationally-televised game is at 7:00.

>>Rangers Use Three-Goal Third To Beat Panthers

(New York, NY) -- Dan Boyle, Mats Zuccarello [[ zoo-cuh-RELL-oh ]] and Rick Nash all scored in the third period to lift the Rangers to a 6-3 win over the Panthers at Madison Square Garden. Nash tallied twice to tie him with Washington's Alexander Ovechkin for the league-lead with 31. Kevin Hayes and Marc Staal also lit the lamp for the Blueshirts, who have won two in-a-row and five of their last seven. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves in the victory. Aleksander Barkov, Dave Bolland and Brandon Pirri [[ PEER-ee ]] scored for Florida, which has dropped seven of eight. Roberto Luongo yielded five goals on 37 shots in the setback.

Calgary Flames 5, Winnipeg Jets 2
Edmonton Oilers 5, San Jose Sharks 4 (SO)

>>Ovechkin Named Top Performer For January

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL's top player for the month of January.

The veteran scorer earned the First Star after leading all players with 12 goals, adding three assists to finish the month with 15 points over 13 games. He scored his 30th goal of the season on Sunday against the St. Louis Blues to become the fifth player in league history to reach that mark in each of his first 10 seasons, joining Mike Gartner (15), Wayne Gretzky (13), Mike Bossy (10) and Jari Kurri (10).

New York Islanders center John Tavares was the Second Star after registering eight goals and eight assists in 12 games. He also scored four times for Team Toews in the NHL All-Star Game.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask posted a 7-1-3 record with a 1.61 goals- against average and a .949 save percentage to pick up the Third Star.

>>Stars' Klingberg Rookie of the Month

Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for January on Monday.

 width=Klingberg, 22, topped all rookies in points, registering five goals and eight assists over 13 games.

The Swede became the first rookie blueliner in franchise history to compile four points in one game when he scored twice and collected two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win at Winnipeg.

>>Three Stars Named For The Week

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette and Minnesota Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk were named the NHL's top players for the week on Monday.

Price earned the First Star after posting three wins with a goals-against average of 0.66, a .980 save percentage and two shutouts in three outings last week. He made 40 saves in a 3-2 win over Dallas, then followed with consecutive 1-0 shutouts against the Rangers and Capitals.

Paquette picked up the Second Star after leading the league with five goals last week. He scored at least once in each of his three games, including a hat trick against Detroit, to help the Lightning maintain first place in the Atlantic Division.

Dubnyk notched the Third Star after matching Price with three victories, but only one came by shutout. He did finish with a 1.00 GAA and a .967 save percentage.

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