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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Jordin Tootoo takes next step in substance abuse program; cleared to practice with Predators

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jordin Tootoo, Mark Shewchyk

    While Jordin Tootoo won’t be able to travel with the team or appear in NHL games, he was cleared to practice with the Nashville Predators again today.

  7. Tampa Bay Lightning introduce new team logo, new ‘vision’

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning shared their new logo and jersey designs today. Check out their new look and tell us how you feel in this post’s poll.

  8. Patrice Bergeron, Keith Yandle and Pekka Rinne named three stars for the month of January

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Patrice Bergeron, Carey Price

    The NHL named its three stars for the month of January today, with Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron getting the top nod, Phoenix Coyotes Keith Yandle receiving the second star and Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne earning the third star. Here are summaries of the months for those three players, combining notes from the league’s…

  9. Vote for the Save of the Week (January 24-30)

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Pekka Rinne

    Which one of last week’s best save was better: Tim Thomas, Niklas Backstrom, Roberto Luongo or Henrik Lundqvist’s stop?

  10. Vote for the Goal of the Week (January 24-30)

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Carter

    Who scored last week’s best goal: Mike Weaver, Brad Richards, Erik Johnson, Alex Ovechkin or Anze Kopitar?

  11. Save of the All-Star Game: Henrik Lundqvist (January 30)

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    58th NHL All-Star Game

    Henrik Lundqvist stopped Matt Duchene in the first penalty shot in all-star game history, earning himself the January 30th save of the night.

  12. Goal of the All-Star Game: Anze Kopitar (January 30)

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    Anze Kopitar might not fly under the radar much longer if he keeps scoring goals like he did in Sunday’s All-Star Game.

  13. 2011 NHL All-Star Game: Team Lidstrom beats Team Staal 11-10; Patrick Sharp named MVP

    Jan 30, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

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    58th NHL All-Star Game Portraits

    Team Lidstrom held off Team Staal in a wild third period to win 11-10. Patrick Sharp earned the MVP while Henrik Lundqvist stopped Matt Duchene during the first penalty shot in All-Star Game history.

  14. Charles Barkley, Michael Strahan ‘hold court’ at Minnesota Wild rookies dinner

    Jan 30, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Marcelo Godoy, Charles Barkley

    The Minnesota Wild’s rookie dinner had two unexpected (and entertaining) guests: former NBA star Charles Barkely and former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan.

  15. Gary Bettman, NHL Board of Governors discuss hits to the head, concussions

    Jan 30, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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    Gary Bettman

    Gary Bettman admits that concussions have increased, but claims that blindside hits have decreased thanks to rule changes. Click “Read More” for the details.

  16. Crosby, Datsyuk dominate NHLPA poll; Montreal, Detroit and Edmonton face good news/bad news answers

    Jan 30, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Pavel Datsyuk; Sidney Crosby;

    Check out some interesting results from an NHLPA and CBC poll of players from 30 different NHL teams.

  17. Jeremy Roenick: Sidney Crosby is ‘way more talented’ than Wayne Gretzky

    Jan 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Jeremy Roenick said that Sidney Crosby is “way more talented” than Wayne Gretzky was as he chatted on a radio show this weekend.

  18. Goal of the Night: Alex Ovechkin (January 29)

    Jan 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Alex Ovechkin, Eric Staal

    Alex Ovechkin’s oddball goal helped him win last night’s breakaway challenge and also the January 29th Goal of the Night

  19. All-Star flubs: Phil Kessel’s irrelevance, Tim Thomas falls and broken sticks for Alex Ovechkin

    Jan 30, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    Even All-Stars have embarrassing moments, as you can see from Tim Thomas, Phil Kessel and Alex Ovechkin this weekend.

  20. Catch the puck if you can: Chicago FBI joins search for Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup winning puck

    Jan 29, 2011, 11:29 PM EDT

    Michael Leighton

    Members of the Chicago FBI are willing to help find the Blackhawks’ missing Stanley Cup winning puck. Click “Read More” for the odd story.

  21. Video: Zdeno Chara breaks his own record with 105.9 mph shot

    Jan 29, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    105point9

    Here’s video and discussion of Zdeno Chara breaking his own hardest shot record with a 105.9 mile per hour slapper.

  22. 2011 NHL SuperSkills results: Zdeno Chara breaks his own record with 105.9 mph slapper in hardest shot contest

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Zdeno Chara

    Shea Weber beat him in the qualifying rounds and unleashed some great slappers of his own, but Zdeno Chara broke his own record for the hardest shot competition with an absurd 105.9 mile per hour effort.

  23. 2011 NHL SuperSkills results: Daniel Sedin goes 8 for 9, helps Team Staal win accuracy shooting handily

    Jan 29, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks

    Daniel Sedin showed that he has some talent outside of his time with his twin Henrik, going eight for nine in the accuracy shooting event to help Team Staal win 6-2 and take an 18-6 lead overall.

  24. 2011 NHL SuperSkills results: Fastest skater event dominated by Michael Grabner

    Jan 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Just about every talking head predicted that Michael Grabner would have a great chance of ending up the fastest skater tonight and he didn’t disappoint. The speedy New York Islanders right winger earned the fastest times of the night and helped Team Staal defeat Team Lidstrom 5-3. Full times at the bottom of this post.…

  25. Report: Witnesses deny that Mike Komisarek punched woman at Hollywood club

    Jan 29, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Mike Komisarek

    “Multiple witnesses” claim that Mike Komisarek did not, in fact, punch a woman at a bar in a nightclub incident. Click “Read More” for the cloudy details.

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