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  1. 2011 Eastern Conference playoffs: First round series matchups

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

    Ryan White Johnny Boychuk

    Saturday’s game sealed the deal for the Eastern Conference playoffs, so bask in the glory of this breakdown of the four first round series. If you’re wondering who made it to the dance and who their partners will be, this is the place to go.

  2. Tampa Bay clobbers Carolina 6-2; Rangers top Hurricanes for East’s eighth seed

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    Cory Stillman, Vincent Lecavalier, Brett Clark, Martin St. Louis

    Carolina had a chance to stamp its ticket to the playoffs with a win against Tampa Bay, but the Hurricanes will instead face a summer of regret after a crippling 6-2 loss. Their loss is the Rangers’ gain, as New York will be the eighth seed in the East.

  3. Cory Clouston becomes latest Senators scapegoat as Bryan Murray fires another coach

    Apr 9, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Cory Clouston

    Ottawa GM Bryan Murray will need to bring in the fifth coach (including himself) in his tenure as the Senators GM, as the team decided to fire Cory Clouston as well as two assistant coaches.

  4. Tonight’s Starting Goalies – April 9 (late edition)

    Apr 9, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

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    Ilya Bryzgalov

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

  5. Tonight’s Starting Goalies – April 9 (early edition)

    Apr 9, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Sergei Bobrovsky

    Here are the probable starting goalies for tonight’s 7 and 8pm ET games.

  6. Today’s Starting Goalies – April 7

    Apr 7, 2011, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Brenden Morrow, Kari Lehtonen

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

  7. Race for the playoffs: Inside the stretch run for Anaheim, Chicago and Dallas

    Apr 7, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

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    Chris Stewart, Jamie Benn

    This post takes an in-depth look at the remaining schedules for the Ducks, Blackhawks and Stars, revealing what each team needs to do to get the job done.

  8. Race for the playoffs: Rangers try to distance themselves, Habs hope to avoid slide

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    New York Rangers v Atlanta Thrashers

    Two games could have a big impact on the lower ranks of the Eastern Conference tonight, as the Rangers hope to beat the Thrashers while the Canadiens strive to avoid a slide to a lower seed by winning against the Senators.

  9. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren holds closed door meeting, gives team ‘that look’

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Peter Laviolette, Paul Holmgren

    Flyers GM Paul Holmgren held a closed door meeting to address the teams late season slump. Of course, getting Chris Pronger back would be just as good as a nice motivational speech, though.

  10. Raffi Torres receives four-game suspension for hit on Jordan Eberle, including two playoff games

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Canucks Oilers Hockey

    Raffi Torres received a four-game suspension for his hit on Jordan Eberle, which will include two playoff games.

  11. Ty Conklin fumes over controversial goal call, NHL considers tweaking nets

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jonathan Toews,  Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Ty Conklin

    The controversial Marian Hossa allowed goal left Ty Conklin fuming and opened up another round of debates about how to improve the goal review process. Read this post for the lowdown.

  12. Henrik Zetterberg needs MRI and knee brace, but says injury won’t require surgery

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

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    Dallas Stars v Detroit Red Wings

    The good news: Henrik Zetterberg doesn’t think he’ll need surgery on his knee. The bad news: he was limping around with a knee brace and will need an MRI.

  13. Three things to watch for as 2011 Frozen Four begins today

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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    2011frozenfourlogo

    What to know some of the big stories heading into tonight’s 2011 Frozen Four games? This post has that covered.

  14. Veteran defenseman Adam Foote set to announce retirement tomorrow

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Adam Foote

    The Avalanche will wave goodbye to one of the final members of their Cup winning teams, as Adam Foote is expected to announce his retirement on Friday.

  15. Scouting director EJ McGuire dies at age 58 after battle with cancer

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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    ejmcguire

    Sad news out of Toronto today: Scouting director Edward John “EJ” McGuire died from cancer at age 58.

  16. Saves of the Night – Tim Thomas (April 6)

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

    Tim Thomas provides some great stops, earning April 6th’s Saves of the Night.

  17. Video: All of last night’s goals in one convenient clip

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers v Calgary Flames

    Corey Perry ended up scoring last night’s best goal(s), but we already posted that, so why not check out all of Wednesday’s tallies?

  18. Tonight in the West: Kings clinch spot, Blackhawks and Ducks build cushions

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:17 AM EDT

    Kyle Clifford, Ilya Bryzgalov, Michal Rozsival

    The Kings clinched a playoff spot, the Flames were officially eliminated and the West’s bottom two seed protected themselves in a busy night in the competitive conference.

  19. Video: Corey Perry hits 50 goals with hat trick, pads Hart Trophy resume

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:45 AM EDT

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    Corey Perry

    Some worried that the NHL might not have a 50-goal scorer this season, but Corey Perry solved that problem with a hat trick against the Sharks tonight. Watch the video evidence in this post.

  20. Video: Tyler Bozak becomes second Maple Leaf ever to score 3-on-5 goal

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Tyler Bozak, Martin Brodeur

    Tyler Bozak joined former NHL great Darryl Sittler as one of only two players in Maple Leafs history to score a shorthanded goal in a 5-on-3 situation tonight. This post includes video of that rare tally.

  21. Henrik Zetterberg won’t play in Detroit’s final two games against Chicago

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Nashville Predators

    Reports indicate that Henrik Zetterberg won’t play in Detroit’s home-and-home series against Chicago. It’s still unclear how serious the injury is, though.

  22. Jonathan Toews scores OT-winner to give Chicago a crucial victory

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

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    St. Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks

    Jonathan Toews came through big again for his team, scoring an OT goal to give Chicago what could be a pivotal win.

  23. East playoff update: Canes beat Red Wings, Capitals and Bruins also win

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

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    Jimmy Howard, Erik Cole

    The Hurricanes won against the Red Wings, while the Capitals increased their first place lead and the Bruins crept to within two points of the second place Flyers. Click “Read More” for the details.

  24. Carolina takes care of business, Henrik Zetterberg leaves with lower body injury

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    Cam Ward, Jussi Jokinen, Tim Gleason, Valtteri Filppula

    This game meant more to the Hurricanes than the Red Wings, so the shut out doesn’t hurt Detroit that badly. Losing Henrik Zetterberg – who was knocked out of the game – would be a huge blow, though.

  25. Could Justin Williams return for the Kings by playoff time?

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Florida Panthers v Los Angeles Kings

    The Kings haven’t had a ton of great injury news lately, but here’s a ray of light: Justin Williams might recover from a dislocated shoulder a week earlier than expected.

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