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  1. Al Montoya undergoes knee surgery, Islanders claim he’ll be ready for training camp

    May 18, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    The New York Islanders announced that goalie Al Montoya had successful surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee suffering during the World Championships. The Islanders claim he should be 100 percent by training camp.

  2. Report: Mikael Samuelsson won’t travel with Canucks for rest of series vs. Sharks

    May 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    It sounds like the Canucks will be without winger Mikael Samuelsson for the rest of their series against the Sharks.

  3. Alain Vigneault on Manny Malhotra return talk: ‘Don’t go there’

    May 18, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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    Mike Gillis, Manny Malhotra

    Many were excited that Manny Malhotra skated in full gear, but Alain Vigneault was quick to shoot down talk of a playoff comeback.

  4. Sharks coach Todd McLellan is ‘massaging minds’ going into Game 2

    May 18, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals - Practice

    Sharks coach Todd McLellan isn’t expecting huge improvements in Game 2, he just wants his team to take those extra steps to win the game.

  5. Bob Boughner resigns from assistant coach position after one season with Columbus

    May 18, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

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    Bob Boughner decided to step down from his assistant coaching position with the Blue Jackets after just one season. Find out why he resigned in this post.

  6. Video: Versus previews Game 2 of Sharks-Canucks

    May 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

    Want a quick preview of Game 2 between the Sharks and Canucks? Check out Hockey Central’s take in this post.

  7. Both the Lightning and Bruins have a lot to work on going into Game 3

    May 18, 2011, 1:17 AM EST

    Simon Gagne, Ryan Malone, Dennis Seidenberg

    The Bruins and Lightning can take away some good things from their first two games, but both teams have a lot to work on going into Game 3.

  8. An in-depth look at Tyler Seguin’s special Game 2 performance

    May 18, 2011, 12:35 AM EST

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    Tyler Seguin, Dwayne Roloson

    This post includes more perspective on Tyler Seguin’s special night, including his own feedback, highlights and where his game fits in playoff history.

  9. Tyler Seguin, Bruins explode in second period, hang on to tie series 1-1

    May 17, 2011, 11:49 PM EST

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    Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly, Dennis Seidenberg, Michael Ryder

    Tyler Seguin took over in the second and the Bruins held on in the third to win 6-5 to earn a 1-1 series tie with the Lightning in Game 2.

  10. Video: Dwayne Roloson’s age-defying playoff run

    May 17, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

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    Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Tonight hasn’t been especially good to Roloson and the Lightning, but this Versus video discusses what still must be considered an outstanding run.

  11. Joe Thornton challenged Ryan Kesler to a fight during opening faceoff of Game 1

    May 17, 2011, 9:26 PM EST

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    It might seem odd that Joe Thornton asked Ryan Kesler to drop the gloves during the first puck drop of Game 1, but this post reveals that Jumbo Joe has done that before.

  12. Patrice Bergeron won’t play in Game 2

    May 17, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

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    Patrice Bergeron won’t suit up for the Boston Bruins in Game 2, which probably shouldn’t be a huge surprise.

  13. Thrashers update: Local interest exposed, True North seeks Winnipeg’s help with debt

    May 17, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

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    The previously anonymous party interested in keeping the Thrashers in Atlanta reportedly is JB Smith, a man many think lacks the resources to get a deal done. Meanwhile, True North is asking for government assistance to afford a Thrashers purchase.

  14. Sharks hope for more from Dany Heatley, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski

    May 16, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    Dany Heatley, Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski

    The Sharks are hoping for more from three players in particular: Dany Heatley, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski. How realistic are those requests, though?

  15. Video: Sean Bergenheim’s hot run makes him the latest unexpected playoff hero

    May 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

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    Sean Bergenheim

    Sean Bergenheim’s goal scoring surge makes him the latest player to earn a star-making playoff run out of nowhere. This post looks at his run along with other memorably unexpected streaks and includes a great Versus video on that topic.

  16. Could the Lightning’s enforcer-free system put them at risk against the Bruins?

    May 16, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game One

    The Bruins bullied the Lightning once it was clear Tampa Bay could win Game 1. While Boston’s actions generates debate for fines and suspensions, there’s also the question: do the Lightning suffer without a true enforcer?

  17. Flames make it official: Jay Feaster is their general manager

    May 16, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    Ken King

    The Flames removed the “interim” from Jay Feaster’s job title today, making him the team’s full-fledged GM.

  18. Report: Atlanta Spirit,True North negotiating deal; Thrashers could relocate to Winnipeg

    May 16, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

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    At least some of the rumors are true: an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report confirms that the Atlanta Spirit ownership group is negotiating with True North. If the two sides come to an agreement, the Thrashers’ move to Winnipeg could become very close to a reality.

  19. Video: Hockey Central previews Lightning-Bruins Game 2

    May 16, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

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    Dwayne Roloson, Brett Clark

    Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones break down Game 2 between the Lightning and Bruins.

  20. Update: Flames sign Curtis Glencross to four-year, $10.2M deal

    May 16, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

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    Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

    We now know the terms of the new Curtis Glencross deal. The Flames signed the forward to a four-year, $10.2 million contract. Read this post for a salary cap outlook.

  21. Patrice Bergeron returns to practice, doesn’t participate in contact drills

    May 16, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

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    While a Game 2 return is extremely doubtful, Patrice Bergeron took another solid step forward in his recovery by practicing today. He didn’t participate in contact drills, though.

  22. Finnish fans celebrate 2011 World Championships gold by getting naked

    May 16, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

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    Sweden v Finland - 2011 IIHF World Championship

    Finnish fans celebrated their team’s 6-1 gold medal win over Sweden by … getting naked?

  23. Report: Calgary Flames sign Curtis Glencross to multi-year deal

    May 16, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

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    Curtis Glencross

    The terms haven’t been revealed yet, but the Flames re-signed forward Curtis Glencross to a multi-year deal with a no-movement clause.

  24. Family, friends and fans say goodbye to Derek Boogaard at Xcel Center

    May 16, 2011, 12:36 AM EST

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    Two Wild fans organized an informal Derek Boogaard memorial service at Xcel Energy Center Sunday night. Family, teammates and about 350 Wild fans assembled to remember the beloved enforcer.

  25. Canucks dominate third period, take 1-0 series lead over Sharks with 3-2 win

    May 15, 2011, 11:30 PM EST

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    Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin

    The Canucks wore down the Sharks in the third period to take a 3-2 win and 1-0 series lead. This post recaps that exciting game.

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