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  1. Brent Johnson drops Rick DiPietro with one punch in only goalie fight of season (Oh yeah, and Pens beat Isles 3-0)

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    johnsonflattensrickyd

    The “real” story might be that the Penguins managed another win without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, but the biggest moment came when Brent Johnson landed a one-punch knockout on Rick DiPietro in this season’s first goalie fight.

  2. Ales Hemsky set to make another return to Edmonton Oilers’ lineup

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    hemskyback

    The Oilers once again ready themselves for the return of talented but oft-injured winger Ales Hemsky.

  3. More promising 2011 NHL All-Star Game numbers: event a big hit with sponsors, retailers

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

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    Beyond mere TV ratings, the 2011 NHL All-Star Game was a big success in other areas of business.

  4. Postponed Avalanche-Blues game moved to February 22nd; how the change will affect both teams

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    Cam Janssen, David Koci

    The postponed Avalanche-Blues game will be played on Tuesday, February 22nd. Click “Read More” to find out how this schedule change will hurt both teams, even if it had to be done.

  5. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 2nd

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

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    alexaulddec31

    Here are the probable starting goalies for tonight’s six games.

  6. Niklas Backstrom earns the Save of the Week for January 24-30

    Feb 1, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Niklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, Martin Havlat

    Niklas Backstrom’s desperation stop earned him the January 24-30th Save of the Week.

  7. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 1st (late edition)

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Here are the probable goalies for today’s four late games.

  8. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 1st (early edition)

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    kevinpoulin

    Here are the probable goalies for tonight’s first eight games. The remaining four will be covered shortly.

  9. 2011 NHL All-Star Game brings in big numbers for Versus, CBC

    Feb 1, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    The 2011 NHL All-Star Game saw big ratings increases from the 2009 edition in America on Versus and Canada on CBC. Read all about it in this post.

  10. Report: Marc Savard’s season might be over

    Feb 1, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

    The Bruins have already discussed the possibility of shutting Marc Savard down for the season. The question is: could his career be in doubt too?

  11. Video: Michelle Obama’s hockey advertisement

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Rays  v Baltimore Orioles

    Michelle Obama implores kids to get active, which includes playing hockey.

  12. Around the Rink – Tuesday, February 1st

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Philadelphia Flyers

    Here are previews of tonight’s 12 games.

  13. Atlantic Division Watch (February 1)

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    briereandgiroux

    With the All-Star break over, it’s time for the NHL playoff races to intensify. Every week, we’ll provide updates for each division’s outlook. The biggest contenders and/or closest races will receive the greatest amount of attention. Today, we take a look at the Atlantic Division.

  14. Buffalo Sabres news: Lindy Ruff turned down extension, team sale official

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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    lindyruff

    The Sabres announced that the team sale has been completed. With Darcy Regier in place as the general manager, the focus shifts to longtime head coach Lindy Ruff’s future.

  15. Rangers reinforcements: team gets Dubinsky and Callahan back tonight

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Chicago Blackhawks v New York Rangers

    The Rangers will bring back valuable forwards into the lineup tonight, as Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky are expected to play against the Penguins.

  16. Colorado Avalanche-St. Louis Blues game postponed because of weather issues

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Anthony Neglia, Julie Mira

    Weather worries forced officials to postpone the Colorado Avalanche-St. Louis Blues game tonight.

  17. Report: New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek looks to sell team

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Lou Lamoriello, Ilya Kovalchuk,  Jeff Vanderbeek,

    On the latter half of a miserable 2010-11 season, Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek is reportedly looking to sell the team.

  18. NHL names three stars of All-Star week: Eric Staal, Jonathan Quick, and Michael Grabner

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    The NHL named the three stars of the week for January 24-30th: Eric Staal, Jonathan Quick and Michael Grabner.

  19. Alex Ovechkin wins Goal of the Week (January 24-30)

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    NHL All Star Player Media Availability

    Alex Ovechkin was one of the most entertaining figures during the all-star weekend, so it makes sense that he earned the Goal of the Week.

  20. Dan Bylsma: Evgeni Malkin isn’t ‘ready to go’ against Rangers tonight

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

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    Evgeni Malkin

    The Penguins will play without both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin once again tonight, as the team reports that Malkin is still fighting off the effects of a sinus infection.

  21. Alex Ovechkin faces scoring struggles against playoff teams

    Jan 31, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin

    Here’s some fodder for Alex Ovechkin/Capitals haters: the Russian star is struggling to put up the same numbers against elite teams as he does against weaker clubs.

  22. Florida Panthers center Shawn Matthias expected to miss 6-8 weeks with broken ankle

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Colin White, Shawn Matthias

    The Panthers’ dim playoff hopes took another small hit today, as George Richards reports that center Shawn Matthias will miss six to eight weeks with a broken ankle.

  23. Report: Announcement of Buffalo Sabres sale to Terry Pegula will be made Thursday

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    B. Thomas Golisano

    The Buffalo Sabres are expected to announce the team’s sale to Terry Pegula this Thursday, according to multiple reports.

  24. Southeast Division Watch (January 31)

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    With the All-Star break over, it’s time for the NHL playoff races to intensify. Every week, we’ll provide updates for each division’s outlook. The biggest contenders and/or closest races will receive the greatest amount of attention. Today, we take a look at the Southeast Division.

  25. Pittsburgh Penguins injury updates: Evgeni Malkin practices, Sidney Crosby doesn’t

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malki

    Sidney Crosby did not practice and won’t play in tomorrow’s game for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin did practice, however, but it’s not clear if he’ll appear in that Tuesday contest against the Rangers.

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