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  1. Ryan Kesler confirms villain status, scores highlight reel goal as Vancouver takes 3-1 series lead

    May 6, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

    Ryan Kesler

    It was a rough and ugly game, but Ryan Kesler’s game winning goal provided a beautiful moment. His performances in the last two games might also make him the Predators’ first true playoff villain, too.

  2. Comparing the 2010-11 Lightning to the Cup-winning 2004 model

    May 5, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis

    It’s natural to compare this year’s Lightning to the team that won the Cup in 2004. We took that one step further by casting current players in the roles of that championship team.

  3. Sergei Bobrovsky is the odds-on Game 4 starter for Philly; Can the Flyers come back again?

    May 5, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Brian Boucher, Sergei Bobrovsky

    The Flyers are expected to go with Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 4. Did this change come too late? This post examines the differences and similarities between their consecutive 3-0 deficits.

  4. Predators lineup update: Steve Sullivan’s out, Colin Wilson is in

    May 5, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Aging veteran Steve Sullivan will miss Nashville’s Game 4 against Vancouver with a lower-body injury, which opens the door for young forward Colin Wilson to make his first appearance of the 2011 playoffs.

  5. Alex Ovechkin fought through knee injury, will continue to do so in World Championships

    May 5, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin

    Alex Ovechkin admits that he played through a knee injury for two months. Yet instead of getting much-needed rest, he’s going to play for Russian in the World Championships, even though he admits he doesn’t want to. Um, what?

  6. Your primer for tonight’s three playoff games

    May 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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    Joe Thornton, Patrick Eaves, Brian Rafalski

    Want the lowdown on tonight’s three playoff games? This post covers all of your Flyers-Bruins, Capitals-Lightning and Sharks-Red Wings needs.

  7. Bruins say the right things about Game 3, Hnidy will take McQuaid’s spot

    May 4, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

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    James Wisniewski, Shane Hnidy

    The Bruins are saying all the right things about taking the Flyers seriously going into Game 3 tonight.

  8. Blackhawks D Chris Campoli will need two months to recover from knee surgery

    May 4, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Chris Campoli underwent knee surgery. The recovery process will reportedly take about two months, giving him plenty of time to prepare for September training camp.

  9. Mike Babcock announces lineup changes, predicts San Jose’s response

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Mike Babcock, Drew Miller

    Mike Babcock announced some changes he’ll make for Game 3 … and predicted Todd McLellan’s counter-moves as well.

  10. Bruce Boudreau’s mum about job questions, Mike Green’s status or starting goalie

    May 4, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Bruce Boudreau

    To little surprise, Bruce Boudreau wasn’t in a particularly forthcoming mood about his job security, Mike Green’s injury or which goalie he’ll start in Game 4.

  11. Flyers skate update: Jeff Carter participates, but Chris Pronger doesn’t

    May 4, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Jeff Carter

    On the negative side, Chris Pronger did not skate today. On the bright side, Jeff Carter did.

  12. Alex Ovechkin tries to rally Capitals: ‘It is not over. We’re going to win’

    May 4, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin

    It’s not quite a guarantee, but Alex Ovechkin issued a statement that could be inspirational … or maybe a future punchline.

  13. Video: Previews of Game 3’s for Bruins-Flyers, Red Wings-Sharks

    May 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Sergei Bobrovsky, Milan Lucic

    The Versus crew provides video previews for tonight’s Game 3 matches between Bruins-Flyers and Red Wings-Sharks.

  14. Peter Laviolette won’t put all the blame on Flyers’ goalies

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 AM EDT

    Nathan Horton, Brian Boucher

    The Flyers know that their goalies are unlikely to “steal” games for them, but Peter Laviolette won’t lay all the blame on his netminders.

  15. Report: Tom Gaglardi’s offer to buy Dallas Stars could exceed $250 million

    May 4, 2011, 2:50 AM EDT

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    Brad Richards,  Patrick Sharp

    A Dallas Morning News reports indicates that Tom Gaglardi’s offer to buy the Dallas Stars could exceed $250 million.

  16. Canucks cash in on shaky penalty call, beat Predators in OT for 2-1 series lead

    May 4, 2011, 1:18 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Nashville Predators - Game Three

    The Canucks were probably the better team in Game 3, but their overtime win ended up being controversial because of a shaky penalty call on Predators defenseman Shea Weber.

  17. Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming appears awake, alert after surgery

    May 4, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

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    Guy Boucher, Wayne Fleming

    The Lightning earned a big win tonight, but the biggest success might have come off the ice, as assistant Wayne Fleming coach seemed to have successful surgery to remove a brain tumor.

  18. Blues hand team president John Davidson multi-year extension

    May 3, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

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    The Blues franchise is in a transitional period right now, but team president John Davidson should see it through.

  19. Report: Mike Green suffered lower-body injury during Game 3

    May 3, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    Mike Green

    Mike Green was reportedly seen limping to Washington’s team bus following the Capitals’ Game 3 loss.

  20. Lightning take a shocking 3-0 series lead; Who’s to blame in Washington?

    May 3, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

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    The Lightning continued their streak of strong play in third periods by stunning the Capitals to take a 3-0 series lead. This post answers your natural question: what’s wrong with Washington?

  21. Canucks need more from the Sedin twins in tight playoff games

    May 3, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin

    There are plenty of reasonable excuses for why the Sedin twins have been struggling for several games, but the Canucks need them to persevere and produce in the playoffs.

  22. Poll: Should the Philadelphia Flyers retire Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ video?

    May 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Postage Stamp Kate Smith

    One Flyers blogger brought up the idea that the team should change its rendition of “God Bless America” by removing video footage of Kate Smith’s performance. Do you think they should it keep it the way it is or just go with Lauren Hart? Let us know in the poll.

  23. Men’s Health names Steven Stamkos in list of 25 fittest men

    May 3, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Men’s Health named Steven Stamkos one of the 25 fittest men in the world. His fitness level shows just how far hockey training has come in the last few decades.

  24. No lineup changes expected in Boston-Philadelphia; American-born players to watch

    May 2, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Tim Thomas

    The lineups for the Bruins-Flyers should be the same as Game 1, so this post provides a guide to the few American-born players who will perform in Game 2. It also includes Andrew Ference’s thoughts on the Osama bin Laden news.

  25. Report: Atlanta Thrashers could be sold for $110 million

    May 2, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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    A Forbes report indicates that the Atlanta Thrashers could be sold for $110 million. Might that cheaper price entice a local ownership group?

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