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  1. Video: Ryan Kesler matures and takes his game to a higher level

    May 15, 2011, 10:12 PM EST

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    Canucks Hockey

    Ryan Kesler’s star status is now undeniable, but he’s taken quite a journey to get to this point. Versus put together a great video look at how he went from a solid but occasionally self-destructive pest into a full-fledged star.

  2. 2011 IIHF World Championships: Finland tops Sweden for gold, Czechs take brozne

    May 15, 2011, 8:54 PM EST

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    Sweden v Finland - 2011 IIHF World Championship

    Finland took its second ever IIHF World Championships gold medal with a 6-1 win against Sweden while the Czech Republic foiled Russia for the bronze.

  3. Matthew Barnaby pleads not guilty to five charges, including felony mischief

    May 14, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

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    NHL All Star Player Media Availability

    Matthew Barnaby pleaded not guilty to five charges, including a felony criminal mischief charge that could carry a prison sentence of up to four years if convicted.

  4. Your Tampa Bay Lightning-Boston Bruins Game 1 primer

    May 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins

    This post is your one-stop source for PHT content regarding Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Lightning and Bruins.

  5. The Sore Thumb: San Jose Sharks

    May 14, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Dan Boyle, Brian Rafalski, Jimmy Howard

    The San Jose Sharks managed to get the Western Conference finals thanks to their many strengths, but what one flaw could be fatal in Round 3? This post features our guess, along with input via Mr. Plank from Fear the Fin.

  6. Eastern Conference finals mark reunion for college teammates Martin St. Louis, Tim Thomas

    May 14, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

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    Tim Thomas, Martin St. Louis

    15 years ago, Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas helped the University of Vermont make its first Frozen Four. Now they are the biggest obstacles in each others’ paths to a Stanley Cup finals appearance.

  7. Comparing PHT editor and reader predictions to second round results

    May 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Sean Bergenheim

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

  8. Simon Gagne will reportedly play tonight, Patrice Bergeron skates

    May 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    Simon Gagne

    Reports indicate that Simon Gagne will be back for Tampa Bay tonight. The Bruins might have good news coming for Patrice Bergeron, too, as he might be on track for a return by Game 5 (if there is one).

  9. Red Wings retirement bits: Nicklas Lidstrom might decide by July 1, Mike Modano still thinking

    May 14, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    Nicklas Lidstrom

    The Red Wings announced that both Nicklas Lidstrom and Mike Modano will take some time to make a decision about retirement. Lidstrom is likely to make his decision on July 1, the first day of unrestricted free agency.

  10. Fans, players and writers pay tribute to Derek Boogaard

    May 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    derekboogaardgetty

    The hockey community continues to react to the death of Derek Boogaard. Here are some of the memories shared by fans, writers and fellow players.

  11. The Sore Thumb: Vancouver Canucks

    May 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin

    The Vancouver Canucks managed to get the Western Conference finals thanks to their many strengths, but what one flaw could be fatal in Round 3? This post features our guess, along with input via Yankee Canuck from Nucks Misconduct.

  12. The Sore Thumb: Tampa Bay Lightning

    May 14, 2011, 1:39 AM EST

    Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to get the Eastern Conference finals thanks to their many strengths, but what one flaw could be fatal in Round 3? This post features our guess, along with input via Cassie McClellan from Raw Charge.

  13. Former NHL player Matthew Barnaby accused of domestic violence

    May 13, 2011, 11:44 PM EST

    NHL All Star Player Media Availability

    Former NHL player and current TV analyst Matthew Barnaby was arraigned on domestic violence charges from an incident that took place tonight.

  14. New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard found dead tonight

    May 13, 2011, 11:14 PM EST

    Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers

    Awful news out of Minnesota tonight: Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment. He was only 28 years old.

  15. Poll: Who will win the Western Conference finals?

    May 13, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

    San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks

    Who will win the Western Conference finals: the San Jose Sharks or Vancouver Canucks? Let us know by voting in our poll.

  16. The Sore Thumb: Boston Bruins

    May 13, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

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    hortonmooregetty

    The Boston Bruins managed to get the Eastern Conference finals thanks to their many strengths, but what one flaw could be fatal in Round 3? This post features our guess, along with input from Evan Coburn of Stanley Cup of Chowder.

  17. Rivalry rekindled: Sweden, Finland will fight for 2011 World Championships gold medal

    May 13, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

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    swedesvsrussiansap

    Sweden and Finland will add another chapter to their rivalry in the gold medal game of the 2011 World Championships tournament. Sweden beat the Czech Republic 5-2 while Finland shut down Russia 3-0 today.

  18. Your one-stop source for Sharks-Red Wings Game 7 content

    May 12, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Pavel Datsyuk, Torrey Mitchell

    Are you pumped up for Game 7 between the Sharks and Red Wings? Check out this post for the details along with links to some of the best PHT content on the series.

  19. Report: Chris Pronger, Kris Versteeg and Michael Leighton underwent surgeries today

    May 12, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    Chris Pronger Danny Briere Braydon Coburn Matt Carle Michael Leighton

    The Flyers announced that Chris Pronger, Kris Versteeg and Michael Leighton underwent successful surgeries today.

  20. Bill Daly admits he ‘can’t guarantee’ Thrashers will remain in Atlanta

    May 12, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Vancouver Canucks v Phoenix Coyotes

    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t confirm that the Thrashers might move from Atlanta to Winnipeg, but he didn’t deny the possibility, either.

  21. Amazingly, Manny Malhotra skated with the Canucks today

    May 12, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

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    malhotraap

    It’s just a small step in the recovery process, but the hockey world received great news that Manny Malhotra skated with the Canucks today.

  22. The greatest Game 7 heroes in NHL history (and who might become one tonight)

    May 12, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Pavelski

    Some of the game’s greatest (and least expected) players came up big in Game 7s. Who might do so for Detroit or San Jose tonight?

  23. Rogers Sportsnet parts ways with broadcaster over same-sex marriage Tweets

    May 12, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    Sean Avery

    Rogers Sportsnet severed its ties with TV host Damian Goddard after he voiced his approval for Uptown Sports’ disapproval of Sean Avery’s stance on same-sex marriage rights.

  24. Alex Frolov leaves NHL, Rangers for KHL after disappointing season

    May 12, 2011, 11:55 AM EST

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    frolovleavesforkhlgetty

    Today’s far-from-surprising news is that Alex Frolov will leave the NHL/Rangers for Avangard Omsk in the KHL.

  25. Red Wings hold significant Game 7 experience advantage over Sharks

    May 12, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    Nicklas Lidstrom

    The Red Wings hold a significant experience advantage over the Sharks when it comes to handling the pressure of Game 7s.

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