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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

    May 20, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    derekboogaardgetty

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

  20. 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.

  21. Report: The Atlanta Spirit are still selling tickets to Atlanta Thrashers games

    May 20, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    THRASHERS FAN

    The Atlanta Spirit continue to make themselves look bad as they are still selling tickets to an Atlanta Thrashers season that might not even happen.

  22. Video: Hockey Central previews Sharks-Canucks Game 3

    May 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Daniel Sedin Hendrik Sedin Ryan Kesler Christian Ehrhoff

    Mike Keenan and Keith Jones break down Game 3 between the Sharks and Canucks.

  23. Video: Steven Stamkos discusses his quick (but bumpy) climb to stardom

    May 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    This video covers the ups and downs of Steven Stamkos’ first three years in the NHL.

  24. Report: Luc Robitaille’s won’t lose home or Kings job while bank forecloses on his house

    May 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tim Leiweke, Luc Robitaille

    It looks like former NHL star Luc Robitaille’s Santa Monica home will go into foreclosure, but it’s not all bad news. He probably won’t lose his home or his job as the Los Angeles Kings’ president of business operations, according to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times. Elliott’s report indicates that Robitaille is suffering…

  25. Your moment of anti-zen: Bask in Guy Boucher’s glorious rage

    May 20, 2011, 2:40 AM EDT

    Guy Boucher

    His anger might have been justified after a bad penalty on Marc-Andre Bergeron, but Guy Boucher’s moment of rage amused much of the hockey world in Game 3. Re-live that humorous reaction in this post.

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