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  1. Wednesday’s controversial hit: Ryan Getzlaf dings up Dan Hamhuis

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne

    Wednesday night featured another controversial hit when Ryan Getzlaf clobbered Dan Hamhuis, although this time around it seems like the consensus was that it wasn’t suspension-worthy.

  2. Save of the Night – Robin Lehner (February 9)

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Robin Lehner

    Robin Lehner and the Senators had another tough night, but that doesn’t change the fact that he made a brilliant save. The stop ended up being Wednesday’s best.

  3. Goal of the Night – Bobby Ryan (February 9)

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne

    The Ducks enjoyed the return of Ryan Getzlaf, who set up Bobby Ryan’s Goal of the Night with a beautiful backhand pass.

  4. Northeast Division Watch (February 10)

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

    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 Northeast Division.

  5. Riding the Zamboni – Wednesday, February 9th

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

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    Ryan Kesler, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Andy Sutton

    Here are summaries of Wednesday night’s games.

  6. Devils, Sharks make small-time swap

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Jay Leach, Steve Staios

    The Sharks sent blueliner Jay Leach and center Steve Zalewski to the New Jersey Devils for two minor league forwards: Michael Swift and Patrick Davis.

  7. Bruins’ 8-6 win over Habs had everything: fights, goals and plenty of hate

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Zdeno Chara, Steve Kampfer, Roman Hamrlik, Max Pacioretty

    The Bruins battered and bruised the Canadiens, winning a wild 8-6 game by overwhelming their division opponents. Read all about the craziness, which included 140 penalty minutes and even a (pseudo) goalie fight between Carey Price and Tim Thomas.

  8. Sharks take slim Pacific lead with 3-2 win over Blue Jackets

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

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    Antti Niemi, Jason Chimera

    Antti Niemi and the Sharks remain hot, as their 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets propelled San Jose to a slim lead atop the Pacific Division.

  9. Blackhawks-Panthers trade sends Michael Frolik to Chicago, Jack Skille to Florida

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    frolik2

    The Blackhawks acquired Michael Frolik (plus the rights to goalie Alexander Salak) by trading Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan to the Panthers.

  10. Atlantic Division Watch (February 9)

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Carolina Hurricanes v New Jersey Devils

    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.

  11. Ducks activate Ryan Getzlaf from IR, send Aaron Voros to AHL

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

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    getzlafbackwithperry

    After missing 14 games with sinus fractures, Ryan Getzlaf is expected to return to the Ducks’ lineup after being activated from the IR. The team sent Aaron Voros to the AHL to make room for Getzlaf.

  12. Visa issues will keep Peter Forsberg out of Colorado’s game against Minnesota

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    forsbergcomebackdec

    Visa issues will keep Peter Forsberg out of Colorado’s upcoming game against the Wild, but he’s expected to return against Columbus or Nashville this weekend.

  13. Islanders send sixth rounder to Coyotes for goalie Al Montoya

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    Al Montoya

    The Islanders added a goalie to their injury-ravaged rotation after sending a sixth round pick to the Coyotes for Al Montoya.

  14. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 9th

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

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    lehnerdebut

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

  15. Niklas Backstrom wins his second straight Save of the Week

    Feb 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Ray Whitney, Niklas Backstrom, Brent Burns

    Niklas Backstrom earned his second Save of the Week, this time for January 31-February 6th.

  16. Ville Leino edges Sergei Kostitsyn for Goal of the Week (January 31 – February 6)

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Ville Leino

    Ville Leino beat out Sergei Kostitsyn for the January 31-February 6th Goal of the Week.

  17. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 8th

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    darkandmysterioushalak

    Here are the starters for tonight’s six games.

  18. Central Division Watch (February 8)

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Pavel Datsyuk

    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 Central Division.

  19. Sharks-Capitals injury updates: Alex Semin, Antero Niittymaki to dress tonight; Mike Green’s status is unclear

    Feb 8, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Knuble,  Alexander Semin

    Good news for the Sharks and Capitals: Antero Niittymaki and Alexander Semin are expected to dress for their respective teams tonight. Mike Green’s status is unclear, however.

  20. Around the Rink – Tuesday, February 8th

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

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    Dan Boyle, Alex Ovechkin

    Here are previews for today’s six games, including a rare match between the Sharks and Capitals.

  21. ‘Non-operable knee sprain’ will sideline Martin Brodeur on day-to-day basis

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

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    brodeurbummed

    Martin Brodeur is day-to-day with a “non-operable knee sprain.” There is no timetable for his return.

  22. Ray Emery successfully clears waivers so he can begin conditioning in AHL

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    rayemeryeyescomeback

    Ray Emery cleared waivers to go to the AHL today, giving him a chance to undergo a conditioning stint with the Syracuse Crunch.

  23. Pittsburgh Penguins still in the dark about Sidney Crosby’s concussion problems, with no timetable for his return

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malki

    With no timetable for his return from concussion problems, the Penguins must deal without Sidney Crosby … maybe even for the rest of the season and playoffs.

  24. Frustrations boil over for Duncan Keith and the 11th place Chicago Blackhawks

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Duncan Keith

    Without their staggering depth from last season, the Blackhawks must scratch and claw like most other teams as they find themselves in 11th place in the West. While that frustration boiled over after a 3-1 loss to Calgary, we must ask: will the Blackhawks eventually make the playoffs? Read more in this post and share your thoughts by voting in our poll.

  25. Save of the Night – Ondrej Pavelec (February 7)

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Ondrej Pavelec; Arturs Kulda; Darryl Bryce

    Ondrej Pavelec made the February 7 Save of the Night.

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