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  1. Report: Mark Recchi is expected to retire whether the Bruins win or lose Game 7

    Jun 15, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Mark Recchi

    The latest report indicates that tonight’s Game 7 will be the final NHL game of Mark Recchi’s 22-year career, whether he wins or loses.

  2. Mark Recchi hopes to finish his NHL career with another Stanley Cup victory

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Mark Recchi

    Mark Recchi has already enjoyed an outstanding NHL career, but one more Stanley Cup victory would really put the cherry on top of his 22-year run.

  3. How the Bruins, Canucks performed in previous Game 7’s in the 2011 playoffs

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Tim Thomas, Nathan Horton

    Neither teams have been to a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals with their main core groups (if ever), but they’ve already played in a Game 7 or two in this year’s playoffs. Let’s look back at how they played in those games.

  4. Maple Leafs sign Carl Gunnarsson to two-year, $2.6M contract extension

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Luke Schenn; Carl Gunnarsson

    The Maple Leafs re-signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a two-year, $2.6 million contract extension.

  5. Tim Thomas looks to become first American Conn Smythe winner since Brian Leetch

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Brian Leetch

    If the conventional wisdom is accurate about Tim Thomas being a shoo-in to win the Conn Smythe with or without the Stanley Cup, then Thomas would be the second-ever U.S. born player to win that trophy (joining Brian Leetch).

  6. Looking back at Game 7 matches in Stanley Cup finals history

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby

    The Bruins and Canucks will play in the 16th Game 7 in Stanley Cup finals history on Wednesday night. Let’s take a look at how the other 15 turned out.

  7. Mason Raymond will miss Game 7, could be out several months with fractured vertebra

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

    Mason Raymond won’t just miss Game 7 after Johnny Boychuk caught him with an awkward hit in Game 6. A vertebra compression fracture will likely sideline him between three and six months overall.

  8. Senators officially name Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean new head coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Joel Quenneville, Paul MacLean

    It’s official: Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean will be the Ottawa Senators’ next head coach. Click “Read More” for some background on MacLean and what he’s going up against in Ottawa.

  9. Vancouver’s loss is the NHL and hockey fans’ gain

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Fans

    The Canucks’ embarrassing Game 6 loss was a huge blow to the team and the fans, but everyone else excitedly thought: “We get a Game 7!”

  10. Tim Thomas needs one save in Game 7 to pass Kirk McLean for the most in one playoff run

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:25 AM EDT

    thomassaverecordap

    With just one save, Tim Thomas will pass former Canucks goalie Kirk McLean’s all-time mark for saves in a single playoff year (they’re currently locked up at 761). As impressive as that record might be, the flamboyant Bruins goalie hopes to surpass him in a more profound way by winning Game 7, too.

  11. Your Boston Bruins-Vancouver Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 primer

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Stanley Cup Bruins Canucks Hockey

    Want to get caught up on the great PHT content for Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Check out our best posts about the Bruins and Canucks in this convenient post.

  12. Report: Dallas Stars will make Glen Gulutzan their next head coach

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Joe Nieuwendyk,  Marc Crawford

    The Stars are expected to officially promote Glen Gulutzan – the head coach of their AHL affiliate Texas Stars – to the big club’s top spot sometime this week.

  13. Is David Krejci providing this year’s answer to Danny Briere’s 2010 playoff run?

    Jun 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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    David Krejci

    Last year, Danny Briere didn’t get much attention for leading the 2010 playoffs in scoring. Could the same thing happen for the current playoff points leader, David Krejci?

  14. Could Roberto Luongo match Dirk Nowitzki, eliminate two ‘choker’ labels in two nights?

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    There are a ton of differences between Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki, but Luongo could follow in Dirk’s footsteps by shedding an antiquated “choker” label one night after the German basketball star did the same.

  15. Today’s smaller moves: Blues re-sign Chris Porter, Coyotes add Jim Playfair to staff

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

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    St. Louis Blues v Detroit Red Wings

    In smaller NHL personnel news, the Blues re-signed forward Chris Porter while the Coyotes added Jim Playfair to their staff as an associate coach.

  16. Report: Ottawa Senators primed to hire Paul MacLean and his tremendous mustache

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Joel Quenneville, Paul MacLean

    The Senators are expected to announce Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean as their new head coach tomorrow, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

  17. Vancouver Canucks bristle at ‘villain’ title

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mark Recchi, Maxim Lapierre

    The Canucks don’t think that they deserve the “villain” title many have attached to them during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Either way, Kevin Bieksa adamantly states that they don’t care.

  18. Stanley Cup or not, Tim Thomas is producing a special 2010-11 season and playoffs

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Tim Thomas

    Tim Thomas is putting together the kind of run that is drawing comparisons to the best work of Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek. If you look at the numbers (and his highlight reel saves) it’s clear that those comparisons aren’t out of order.

  19. Report: Winnipeg will interview head coaches candidates … including Craig Ramsay?

    Jun 12, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Craig Ramsay

    The new Winnipeg team plans on interviewing new head coaching candidates, but strangely enough, they’ll give lame duck coach Craig Ramsay an interview too.

  20. Sedin twins’ struggles aren’t that different from other star slumps in recent Cup finals history

    Jun 12, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin

    A lack of toughness doesn’t explain the Sedin twins’ Stanley Cup finals struggles. Instead, it’s an abundance of a tough minutes against Zdeno Chara and the tough task of beating Tim Thomas that stands in their way.

  21. Ryan Kesler missed practice Sunday, but should play in Game 6 on Monday

    Jun 12, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

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    Brad Marchand, Ryan Kesler

    Ryan Kesler missed today’s practice, fueling already building rumors that he’s been injured in the Stanley Cup finals. It seems like he will play in Game 6 either way, though.

  22. Discussing the potential downsides to winning the Stanley Cup

    Jun 12, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    byfuglientoews

    Obviously, winning the Stanley Cup is fantastic in the short term. That being said, there are actually some downsides to reaching the ultimate goal in hockey.

  23. Ilya Bryzgalov won’t be cheap, but will he be worth it for the Flyers?

    Jun 12, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Four

    The Flyers will need to make a significant investment – and some painful sacrifices – to sign goalie Ilya Bryzglaov. The question is: are they really sure it would be worth it?

  24. Aaron Rome doesn’t understand why he was suspended four games for hit on Nathan Horton

    Jun 12, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Aaron Rome, Nathan Horton

    In today’s not-so-shocking news, Aaron Rome disagrees with the four-game suspension he received for his hit on Nathan Horton.

  25. Your Boston Bruins-Vancouver Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 primer

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Green Men

    Excited for what could be a turning point game in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Check out all the great PHT content for Bruins-Canucks Game 5 in this post.

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