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 Pat Quinn, who coached for 20 years and played in more than 600 games, died at the age of 71.

He was one of the more respected voices in the game. He helped restore Canadian pride in the game as he guided Canada to the Gold medal in the 2002 Olympics.

Quinn coached the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.

Twice he was awarded the Jack Adams winner for coach of the year and in those seasons he led both Philadelphia (1980) and Vancouver (1994) to the Stanley Cup Finals.

--Viktor Tikhonov, the coach of the Soviet Union Olympic hockey team that lost the "Miracle on Ice" game to the United States in 1980, has died. He was 84.

Tikhonov guided the Soviet Union to gold at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics, but always will be remembered as the coach of the team that lost to the brash, young amateur Americans in the semifinals of the 1980 Games.

--Five-time NHL All-Star and former North Stars coach Murray Oliver died Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 77.

In 1,127 NHL games, the diminutive playmaking center scored 274 goals and had 454 assists

Oliver played for the Detroit Red Wings (1957-61), Boston Bruins (1961-67), Toronto Maple Leafs (1967-70) and North Stars (1970-75). He finished second to Billy Hays of the Chicago Blackhawks at the league's top rookie in 1960.

--Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak will be sidelined for about four weeks after suffering a strained knee on Saturday, TSN reported.

Polak, 28, was acquired in the offseason from St. Louis in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson.

---The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned forward Phillip Danault to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the Blackhawks announced.

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--- The Boston Bruins assigned assigned center Seth Griffith to Providence of the American Hockey League, the team announced. Griffith, 21, scored five goals for the Bruins, which is tied for the team lead with three others. He also had two assists in 18 games.

Bruins left wing Brad Marchand returned to action after missing three games with an undisclosed injury.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who has missed 14 games with a knee injury, skated for the first time Monday.

--Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk was out for Monday's game with a groin injury.

--Three Florida Panthers returned off the injured list on Monday: center Brandon Pirri (concussion), right wing Scottie Upshall (lower body) and left wing Sean Bergenheim (lower body).


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