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  1. U.S. team beats Austria 5-1 in 2011 IIHF World Championships opener

    Apr 30, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The U.S. team earned a 5-1 win against Austria in its 2011 IIHF World Championships opener.

  2. Can Zdeno Chara stop Danny Briere’s playoff hot streak?

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Zdeno Chara, Danny Briere

    Zdeno Chara is almost a foot taller than Danny Briere, yet the small forward towered over the behemoth defenseman in last year’s semifinals series. Can Chara limit Briere’s playoff magic this time around?

  3. Tim Thomas, Tomas Kaberle and Kris Versteeg rank among players ‘new’ to Boston-Flyers series

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    While the Bruins and Flyers met about a year ago in the 2010 semifinals, there are enough new faces to make the 2011 series compellingly different. Tim Thomas, Nathan Horton and Kris Versteeg rank among the ‘newcomers.’

  4. Bruins need more from Tomas Kaberle, Milan Lucic and power play in second round

    Apr 30, 2011, 4:57 AM EDT

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    Tomas Kaberle

    While the Flyers have their own problems, the Bruins probably need more from Tomas Kaberle, Milan Lucic and their wretched power play if they want to win another playoff round.

  5. NHL pulls linesman out of playoff rotation as rumors swirl about missing Cup-winning puck

    Apr 30, 2011, 2:33 AM EDT

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    Michael Leighton, Steve Miller

    As the search for the missing game-winning puck from the 2010 Stanley Cup finals continues, the NHL decided to temporarily remove accused lineman Steve Miller out of its playoff officiating rotation. Read this post for the zany details.

  6. Sharks earn another OT win, take 1-0 series lead against Red Wings

    Apr 30, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

    The Sharks earned their fourth OT win of these young playoffs by beating the Red Wings 2-1 in Game 1. Get the rundown of Friday’s late game in this post.

  7. Post-game reactions from Tampa Bay’s Game 1 win vs. Washington (video)

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Michal Neuvirth, Steven Stamkos

    This story includes post-game reactions from both sides of Game 1 along with commentary from the Versus crew.

  8. Tampa Bay rides Game 7 momentum, beats Washington 4-2 in Game 1

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

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    Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore

    The Lightning came off a grinding Game 7 win to beat the well-rested Capitals 4-2 in Game 1 of their semifinals series. Tampa Bay received contributions from stars and lesser-known players alike in this contest.

  9. Simon Gagne leaves game after Scott Hannan hit, won’t return tonight

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Five

    Simon Gagne left the ice after a Scott Hannan hit and won’t return during Game 1. Check out video of the hit, which is especially worrisome considering Gagne’s history of neck and head injuries.

  10. Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen are expected to play for Detroit tonight

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

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    The Red Wings look like they’ll benefit from a lengthy break from their first round sweep as both Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen are expected to play against the Sharks tonight.

  11. Predators face a great opportunity to steal an away game against Canucks tonight

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks

    The Predators are underdogs in their series against the Canucks, but they might be able to take Game 1 against a Vancouver team that isn’t far removed from a dramatic game 7 on Tuesday.

  12. New York Rangers will play exhibition game in Prague, Czech Republic on September 29

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    TheNHL announced that the New York Rangers will face HC Sparta Prague in an exhibition game at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on Thursday, September 29.

  13. Backing up the buzz: This year’s first round really was special

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Roberto Luongo, Marcus Kruger

    Do you have the sinking feeling that the 2011 first rounds really was one of the best in ages? The NHL released some stats that back up your instincts.

  14. Ryan Miller admits late season injury was a concussion

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Miller

    Sabres goalie Ryan Miller admitted that he missed most of the team’s last four regular season games because of concussion problems.

  15. Bruins GM says Andrew Ference won’t face suspension for hit on Jeff Halpern

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Andrew Ference

    Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that defenseman Andrew Ference won’t face a suspension for his hit on Habs forward Jeff Halpern.

  16. Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis named Hart Trophy finalists; Who wins?

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Henrik Sedin

    The NHL named its three finalists for the Hart Trophy: Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis. Which forward should win the league’s MVP award?

  17. Versus will air games from the 2011 Men’s IIHF World Championships

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

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    The 2011 NHL playoffs aren’t the only great hockey tournament going on in April and May. Versus will cover the 75th Annual Men’s International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships starting on April 30.

  18. Report: City of Glendale must pay NHL $25M by Monday; Coyotes allegedly lost $36.6M

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

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    The City of Glendale reportedly owes the NHL $25 million, although documents released on the matter indicate that the Phoenix Coyotes’ losses were actually closer to a staggering $36.6 million.

  19. Comparing PHT editor and reader predictions to first round results

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Roberto Luongo, Marcus Kruger

    This post compares the actual first round results of the 2011 playoffs with picks made by PHT staffers and readers.

  20. Eastern Conference semifinals: Bruins-Flyers; Who do you have?

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andreas Nodl, Tim Thomas

    The Bruins became only the third team in NHL history to cough up a 3-0 series in last year’s semifinals against the Flyers. Can they exact their revenge this time around or will it be more of the same? Let us know in the poll.

  21. Eastern Conference semifinals: Lightning-Capitals; Who do you have?

    Apr 28, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

    Alexander Semin, Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos

    The Capitals and Lightning know each other well as division rivals, but will Washington get the best of Tampa Bay in the playoffs too? Share your thoughts on how this series will shape up in the poll.

  22. Poll: Which team will win the 2011 Stanley Cup?

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:31 AM EDT

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    With the field of teams who can win the Stanley Cup down to eight, which one do you think will come out on top? Let us know by voting in the poll.

  23. 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs second round schedule

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

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    Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks

    This post includes the game-by-game schedules for the 2011 semifinals, including which games will be on Versus and NBC.

  24. 2011 playoffs: Second round matchups

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:19 AM EDT

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    Tuukka Rask, Simon Gagne

    Want to know which teams will square off in the 2011 semifinals series in both conferences? This post has that covered, with a quick preview of each series.

  25. Dwayne Roloson steals spotlight, shuts out Penguins in Game 7

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Seven

    Dwayne Roloson’s 36-save shutout and Sean Bergenheim’s mirror image goal was all the Lightning needed for a 1-0 Game 7 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

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