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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. Has Joe Thornton really ever been a ‘choker’ since he came to San Jose?

    May 22, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Joe Thornton

    One of the biggest stories of the playoffs has been Joe Thornton’s supposed transformation into a true playoff performer. Yet if you look at his numbers with San Jose, the change hasn’t been as drastic as many believe.

  12. Bruins ‘choking’ talk obscures superior play from the Lightning

    May 21, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Many people will fixate on the Bruins giving up a 3-0 lead in their Game 4 loss, but maybe the Lightning were just so good the deficit didn’t matter.

  13. Video: Mike Milbury provides a preview for Sharks-Canucks Game 4

    May 21, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

    Mike Milbury points out what allowed the Sharks to win Game 3 and provides a preview of their Game 4 match against the Canucks in this video.

  14. Family, friends and many from hockey world gather for Derek Boogaard’s funeral

    May 21, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

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    Boogaard Funeral Hockey

    Family, friends and many members of the hockey community attended Derek Boogaard’s funeral on Saturday.

  15. Video: Net and Star Cam footage from Bruins-Lightning Game 4

    May 21, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Check out Net Cam and Star Cam footage from Game 4 between the Bruins and Lightning.

  16. The NHL won’t fine or suspend Jamie McGinn for boarding hit on Aaron Rome

    May 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Aaron Rome

    The NHL won’t fine or suspend Jamie McGinn for boarding Aaron Rome, but it would be surprising to see him play for the Sharks again in the playoffs after his second ill-advised major penalty and game misconduct of the postseason.

  17. Thrashers fans rally during Select-A-Seat event, burn Winnipeg Jets banner

    May 21, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Thrashers Fans Rally To Keep Team In Atlanta

    Thrashers fans held a rally/tailgate to show that they want the team to stay in Atlanta. If nothing else, they enjoyed at least one last hurrah and got a few jabs in on Winnipeg and The Atlanta Spirit in the process.

  18. Video: Tim Thomas bounces back from struggles in 2009-10 season

    May 21, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Tim Thomas

    A lot of people counted Tim Thomas out this season after an off-year in 2009-10. Anyone who followed his career knows that Thomas won’t just give up, though.

  19. Your San Jose Sharks-Vancouver Canucks Game 3 primer

    May 20, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Roberto Luongo

    Want to track down all the best PHT content for Game 3 between the Canucks and Sharks? This post covers all the bases.

  20. Sharks know Game 3 is important but a loss wouldn’t be a ‘death-hammer’

    May 20, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Todd McLellan

    The Sharks know that tonight’s Game 3 match against the Canucks is important, but they also realize it’s not technically a ‘must-win’ game.

  21. Canucks could complete a rare run of top-level hockey in Vancouver with Stanley Cup win

    May 20, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Canadian forward Sidney Crosby (87) and

    The Canucks are six playoff wins away from completing a rare hockey feat for the city of Vancouver: a gold medal and Stanley Cup in successive years. Even if the Canucks fall short, it’s still been a pretty stunning run, as this post illustrates.

  22. Winnipeg mayor says it’s ‘just a matter of time’ before Thrashers deal is completed

    May 20, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said it’s “just a matter of time” before the Atlanta Thrashers will relocate to Winnipeg.

  23. Ben Eager is expected to play for Sharks in Game 3

    May 20, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Two

    Despite a costly third period meltdown that put his team in a bad position in Game 2, Ben Eager is expected to play for the Sharks in Game 3.

  24. Derek Boogaard died due to toxic mixture of alcohol, oxycodone

    May 20, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

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    Derek Boogaard reportedly died from a toxic mixture of alcohol and oxycodone. (Updated with a statement from Boogaard’s family.)

  25. Poll: Name that (potential) new Winnipeg NHL team

    May 20, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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    If the Thrashers do indeed move to Winnipeg, it’s likely they won’t use Thrashers as the team name. So let us know what you think they should be called instead.

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