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  1. Your San Jose Sharks-Vancouver Canucks Game 5 primer

    May 24, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Henrik Sedin, Kent Huskins, Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Kevin Bieksa

    Do you want the lowdown on Game 5 between the Sharks and Canucks? This post has all the pertinent information and PHT content in one convenient spot.

  2. Thrashers updates: Press conference to come soon, realignment might wait until 2012

    May 24, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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    Various outlets debate when the Thrashers-to-Winnipeg move will officially be announced. Meanwhile, people expect the “Winnipeg Thrashers” to play in the Southeast Division for one season before a division realignment takes place.

  3. Joe Thornton will be in the Sharks lineup in Game 5, but he can’t win it alone

    May 24, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Four

    Even with Joe Thornton in the lineup for Game 5, it’s clear that other Sharks players must step up to keep their hopes alive.

  4. Guy Boucher makes Dwayne Roloson the Lightning’s Game 6 starter

    May 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Guy Boucher announced that Dwayne Roloson will start instead of Mike Smith in Game 6. Can Roloson lead the Lightning to another comeback from elimination?

  5. Red Wings bits: Rafalski presser on Wednesday, team will play Flyers in London, Ontario

    May 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Four

    It’s likely that the Red Wings’ Wednesday press conference will be held to announce Brian Rafalski’s retirement. In other news, the team will play against the Flyers in a pre-season game in London, Ontario.

  6. Tim Thomas backs up swagger with results in 2011 playoffs

    May 24, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Five

    Intentionally or not, Tim Thomas gave the Lightning bulletin board material going into Game 5. Then he muted their comments with an outstanding 33-save performance, highlighting an already-impressive playoff run.

  7. San Jose Sharks deny playoff demons heading into Game 5

    May 24, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Four

    The Sharks denied their playoff “demons” going into Game 5 against the Canucks tonight.

  8. Report: Jaromir Jagr is not considering offers from NHL teams at the moment

    May 24, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Czech Republic v Russia - 2011 IIHF World Championship

    Sorry nostalgic hockey fans: Jaromir Jagr’s agent said he’s not considering offers from NHL teams at this time.

  9. NHL won’t fine or suspend Steve Downie for hit on Johnny Boychuk

    May 24, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    TSN reports that Steve Downie won’t receive a fine or suspension for his hit on Johnny Boychuk.

  10. Video: Hockey Central previews Sharks-Canucks Game 5

    May 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones provide this preview of Game 5 between the Sharks and Canucks.

  11. Sami Salo faced a long, painful road to that two-goal Game 4 performance

    May 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Sami Salo

    It’s been a strange year for Sami Salo. He went to a career-threatening (but darkly comical) injury to scoring two power-play goals to inch the Canucks that much closer to the Stanley Cup finals. Read about his strange journey in this post.

  12. Head injuries aren’t slowing down Patrice Bergeron and Simon Gagne

    May 24, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Despite dealing with concussion issues, Patrice Bergeron and Simon Gagne have been among the best players for their respective teams.

  13. Doug Weight is expected to make his retirement announcement on Tuesday

    May 24, 2011, 1:55 AM EDT

    Doug Weight

    After an impressive 19-year NHL career, it sounds like Doug Weight will announce his retirement on Tuesday.

  14. Dwayne Roloson or Mike Smith? Guy Boucher faces tough Game 6 decision

    May 24, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Guy Boucher has a tough choice to make in Game 6. Will he go back to Dwayne Roloson or stick with Mike Smith? This post breaks down the pros and cons of going in both directions.

  15. Tim Thomas helps Boston steal a 3-1 Game 5 win, Bruins gain 3-2 series lead

    May 23, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

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    The Lightning dominated long stretches of Game 5, but Tim Thomas made 33 saves to help the Bruins steal a 3-1 win. Read all about how Boston earned their 3-2 series lead in this post.

  16. Video: Vincent Lecavalier enjoys Tampa Bay’s return to playoff relevance

    May 23, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Vincent Lecavalier

    It’s been a tough road since Vincent Lecavalier won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Perhaps those low moments make this year’s run that much sweeter, though.

  17. Thrashers announcement probably won’t come by Tuesday, Hawks exclusivity window closes

    May 23, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

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    CORRECTION Thrashers Flagging Fans Hockey

    True North and the Atlanta Spirit are getting close to a deal, but the NHL indicates that an announcement probably won’t come on Tuesday. In other news, the Spirit and John Moores are no longer exclusively discussing a deal to sell the Atlanta Hawks, giving a tiny bit of hope to Thrashers fans.

  18. Bruins, Lightning try to gain control of the series in Game 5

    May 23, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Vincent Lecavalier, Andrew Ference

    Want a preview of Game 5 between the Lightning and Bruins? This post has that covered.

  19. Special teams makes the difference for Canucks; Vancouver takes 4-2 win and 3-1 series lead

    May 22, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Alex Burrows, Antti Niemi

    The Sharks and Canucks switched roles from Game 3 to Game 4, as special teams fueled Vancouver’s 4-2 win. San Jose finds themselves down 3-1 in the series with their captain Joe Thornton’s health in question.

  20. Video: Keith Ballard’s hip check ranks as the hit of the 2011 playoffs

    May 22, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Keith Ballard delivered what might have been the best hit of the 2011 playoffs (so far) when he nailed Jamie McGinn with a devastating hip check.

  21. Canucks stun Sharks with three 5-on-3 goals in two minutes, take 3-0 lead into third period

    May 22, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

    The story of the first period revolved around Vancouver’s lack of discipline and San Jose’s inability to capitalize on their PP chances. The second period offered a stark contrast: the Sharks coughed up bad mistakes and the Canucks made them pay dearly, scoring three 5-on-3 goals in two stunning minutes.

  22. Canucks march to the box in first period, lock up Sharks at 0-0

    May 22, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Antti Niemi, Mason Raymond

    The Canucks survived three penalties in the first period, but will give the Sharks another two minute man advantage to start the second. This post recaps the ups and downs of a scoreless opening frame.

  23. Sharks hope three trends continue against Canucks in Game 4

    May 22, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Patrick Marleau, Willie Mitchell, Roberto Luongo, Mikael Samuelsson

    Beyond simply winning, the Sharks hope that three different trends continue against the Canucks in Game 4.

  24. Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts are likely replacements for Christian Ehrhoff, Aaron Rome

    May 22, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Jordin Tootoo, Keith Ballard

    With Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome likely out of the Canucks lineup, Vancouver will likely turn to Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts. Will the Ballard trade finally be worth it after a disappointing season?

  25. Vancouver needs to turn the special teams tide against San Jose

    May 22, 2011, 2:56 AM EDT

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    Patrick Marleau, Roberto Luongo

    The Canucks have been struggling with the Sharks’ power play all series long, but Game 3 brings up concerns about a gap in the two squads’ special teams units.

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