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  1. Game of the Week: Strong special teams play powers Capitals to 2-1 1st period lead

    Mar 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    New York Islanders v Washington Capitals

    Point play and the Capitals’ opportunistic special teams unit were the story of the first period of Sunday’s NBC Game of the Week, as Washington earned a 2-1 lead over Chicago.

  2. This afternoon’s starting goalies – March 13

    Mar 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Corey Crawford

    Here are the starting goalies for today’s three afternoon games. Come back later for the starters for tonight’s two evening contests.

  3. Around the Rink – Sunday, March 13th

    Mar 13, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Justin Williams, Kari Lehtonen

    There might only be five games split between Sunday afternoon and evening, but there are plenty of important contests, including two big ones between Pacific Division rivals.

  4. Braden Holtby makes case for top job while Caps’ goalies are injured

    Mar 13, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins

    Most teams would struggle with both of their normal starting goalies injured, yet 21-year-old netminder Braden Holtby isn’t just keeping the Capitals’ surge going. He’s also making a case for the No. 1 job, period.

  5. Sidney Crosby’s father Troy also shoots down retirement rumors

    Mar 13, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby

    Just in case you were still wondering if the rumors of Sidney Crosby’s family pushing for his retirement might be true, his father Troy Crosby also shot down those reports.

  6. Jonathan Toews’ red-hot run generates Hart Trophy attention

    Mar 12, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh Penguins v Chicago Blackhawks

    Jonathan Toews had a great 2009-10 season, but his red-hot last couple months have propelled him into the Hart Trophy discussion for the first time in his outstanding young career.

  7. Tonight’s starting goalies – March 12 (late edition)

    Mar 12, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

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    Jimmy Howard

    Here are the probable starting goalies for the remaining four late games tonight.

  8. Tonight’s starting goalies – March 12 (early edition)

    Mar 12, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

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    Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders

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

  9. Carey Price shuts out Penguins, Habs win 3-0

    Mar 12, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Montreal Canadiens v St. Louis Blues

    Carey Price made all 26 saves to shut out the Penguins, as the Canadiens took three out of four games against Pittsburgh this season.

  10. Will the NHL eventually make all hits to the head illegal?

    Mar 12, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Max Pacioretty

    Concussions, hits to the head and other violent matters will once again dominate discussion of the spring GM meetings. In fact, Sabres GM Darcy Regier thinks that the league will eventually make all head hits illegal. Click “Read More” for the details.

  11. This afternoon’s starting goalies – March 12

    Mar 12, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Price_Carey

    Don’t forget to set your rosters for an early afternoon game, as Carey Price (Canadiens) is likely to face Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins).

  12. Around the Rink – Saturday, March 12th

    Mar 12, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

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    Ryan Miller, Tyler Bozak, Tim Connolly

    Here are previews of today’s 10 games.

  13. Pacific Division Watch (March 12)

    Mar 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Dallas Stars v San Jose Sharks

    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 Pacific Division.

  14. Poll results: PHT readers think Zdeno Chara deserved a significant suspension

    Mar 12, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Max Pacioretty Zdeno Chara

    Most PHT readers feel that Zdeno Chara deserved some kind of suspension for his hit on Max Pacioretty, with many wanting a significant suspension. That being said, there were more than a thousand who thought the NHL made the right call, too.

  15. Tonight’s starting goalies – March 11

    Mar 11, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Curtis McElhinney

    Here are the probable starting goalies for tonight’s eight games, including the Senators debut for Curtis McElhinney.

  16. A long way from Tarnstrom: Pittsburgh Penguins will host 200th sellout in a row Saturday

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    After never selling out a full season’s worth of games before 2007-08, the Penguins will host their 200th consecutive sellout on Saturday.

  17. Is Sidney Crosby’s family asking him to retire because of concussion problems? (Probably not)

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    Bob McCown claims that Sidney Crosby’s family wants him to retire due to concussion issues, but Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson denied it.

  18. Game of the Week Preview: Blackhawks, Capitals must remain dominant

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

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    keithseminap

    While the Blackhawks and Capitals rarely play against each other, they won’t have the luxury of taking it easy because both teams need every point they can get. The fact that they’re also playing some of their best hockey means Sunday’s Game of the Week could produce some fireworks.

  19. Around the Rink – Friday, March 11th

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Jay Harrison,Jay Beagle

    Here are previews of today’s eight games, with yet another batch of contests with serious playoff implications.

  20. Northeast Division Watch (March 11)

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

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    Andrej Sekera, Brad Boyes, Nathan Gerbe

    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 Northeast Division.

  21. Sam Gagner will miss rest of season after tendon surgery

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Blackhawks Oilers Hockey

    Tendon surgery will reportedly end Sam Gagner’s season.

  22. Blues injury-filled season continues: Alex Steen, Barret Jackman out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    St. Louis Blues v Florida Panthers

    An injury-filled season continues for the Blues, as both Alex Steen and Barret Jackman will miss four to six weeks.

  23. John Tortorella says instigator penalty encourages dirty hits

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    John Tortorella

    If you ask John Tortorella for the biggest reason dirty hits are on the rise, he would tell you that the instigator penalty keeps players from policing themselves.

  24. Despite struggles, Gary Bettman will be around for a long time

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Gary Bettman

    On the heels of a rough week, a report crops up that Gary Bettman signed a five-year contract extension in November.

  25. Tonight’s Starting Goalies – March 9

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    GYI0062995380

    Here are the probable starting goalies for tonight’s seven games, including the return of Jaroslav Halak.

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