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  1. Video: The hit that caused Drew Doughty’s injury

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:56 AM EDT

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    It’s not very easy to see, but here’s the hit that will keep Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty out of Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. As you can (kinda) see, Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole delivered the hit and the On the Fly crew thinks he might deserve a suspension (comparing it to…

  2. Drew Doughty leaves game after Erik Cole hit, won’t play Thursday

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

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    Expect a full recap of the Los Angeles Kings‘ 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow. When a star of Doughty’s magnitude gets banged up, we want to let you know as soon as possible. Just as we were raving about the great defensive situation in Los Angeles, it looks like the Kings will be…

  3. Nightly recap – Wednesday, October 20

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT

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    Note: We’ll take a look at the late game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings tomorrow morning or early that afternoon. In the mean time, let’s take a gander at the three games that finished at a more reasonable time for non-West Coasters. Buffalo 4, Atlanta 1 After a discouraging five-game losing streak,…

  4. Columbus wins 3-1, but plays in front of smallest home crowd in Blue Jackets history

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets were absolutely bludgeoned in their home opener (a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks), so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that fans didn’t come out in droves for a Wednesday game against the similarly struggling Anaheim Ducks. Still, the Blue Jackets must hope that their 3-1 win draws a few…

  5. It might be early, but so far the Kings look OK without Ilya Kovalchuk

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

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    On paper, adding Ilya Kovalchuk to the Los Angeles Kings seemed like a no-brainer. I still remember the general consensus: sure, it might make it tougher to retain the team’s second-tier young players (Drew Doughty wasn’t – and isn’t – going anywhere) but sometimes you have to break a few prospect eggs to make a…

  6. When athletes attack: A brief history of fights between players and fans

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

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    Imagine, for a second, that you get some great tickets to a sporting event – hockey or otherwise. You decide to give the other team a clever tongue-lashing, perhaps thanks to a healthy dosage of booze or a long day at the office. It seems like a light hearted good time – after all, isn’t…

  7. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 20

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. Chances are, tonight’s…

  8. Today’s Starting Goalies: October 19

    Oct 19, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. Let’s take a…

  9. Columbus Blue Jackets put Mike Commodore (and his red afro?) on the IR

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Sadly, the NHL will see far less red afros for the time being.* That’s because the Columbus Blue Jackets put defenseman and occasional afro enthusiast Mike Commodore on the injured reserve today. He apparently went down with an “upper body injury” during the Blue Jackets’ October 9 game in Stockholm, Sweden. He’s one of the…

  10. Ondrej Pavelec returns to Atlanta Thrashers practice for first time since fainting spell

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

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    It might be a little while before he starts in net for the Atlanta Thrashers again, but there’s some good news regarding Ondrej Pavelec: he suited up for his first practice today, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Vivlamore reports that doctors couldn’t find any further explanation for the incident other than that…

  11. Andrei Markov still struggles with knee injury, no time table for return

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

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    A couple weeks ago, it seemed like Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov was on the road to recovery, but Louis Jean of Sportsnet.ca reports that the talented offensive blueliner isn’t feeling strong enough for a return just yet. The Russian blueliner was hoping to resume play on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils but says…

  12. Hip surgery will keep Philadelphia Flyers D Matt Walker out 10-12 weeks

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Matt Walker is known to many as “the guy who went to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Simon Gagne trade.” He won’t get an opportunity to prove that he’s much more than that anytime soon, as hip surgery will reportedly keep the big defenseman out 10-12 weeks. Walker will undergo surgery to repair a torn…

  13. Phoenix Coyotes put Martin Hanzal on IR, call up Andrew Ebbett

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes put their big, two-way center Martin Hanzal on the injured reserve today, according to TSN. Hanzal reportedly will miss one or two weeks with a “lower body injury” that occurred in Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Yotes called up Andrew Ebbett to help fill the void, though not in a…

  14. Patrice Cormier changes his mind, pleads guilty to assault charges

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    After originally pleading not guilty, Atlanta Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier decided to plead guilty to assault charges stemming from a hit he delivered on Mikael Tam last season. The elbow left Tam convulsing on the ice in horrifying scene, as he suffered from brain trauma and teeth damage. Here is the National Post story. Former…

  15. Around the Rink – Tuesday, October 19

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s slate of games includes four contests, including an interesting matchup that professional wrestling announcers would probably describe in “irresistible force versus immovable object” type terms. Let’s preview those games now. As always, all times are Eastern (ET). 7:30 pm Boston @ Washington This game is that irresistible force (the Capitals offense) vs. immovable object…

  16. Penguins injury update: Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik and Arron Asham practice today

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

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    While the Penguins and Brent Johnson are on a torrid pace, there’s no doubt that they must miss their four most noteworthy injured players: Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik and Arron Asham. While it’s unclear when exactly the four will return to the ice, TSN passes along the good news that each skater at least took the ice on Tuesday, with Staal, Michalek and Asham actually appearing in practice with the team.

  17. Save of the Night: October 18 (Radek Martinek)

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Who said you need to be a goalie to make the save of the night? OK, technically many people will consider this a blocked shot, but all New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek needed was some goalie pads and an elaborate mask to completely embrace the role of a goalie right here. Dwayne Roloson played…

  18. Goal(s) of the Night: October 18 (Marian Hossa)

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    There might not be a player in the NHL who is on a hotter streak right now than Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (although his teammate Patrick Sharp might have a good argument with his three consecutive game winning goals). Chicago found themselves down 2-0 midway through the third period but Hossa scored two gorgeous…

  19. Nightly recap – Monday, October 18

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

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    Tonight was a night in which individual hot streaks continued while team-based winning streaks hit a few walls. Let’s take a look at the five contests. Pittsburgh 5, Ottawa 2 It’s hard to ignore Brent Johnson’s hot start to at this point, as he improved his record to 4-0 on the season. Of course, the…

  20. Michigan-Michigan State’s ‘Big Chill’ outdoor game should draw record crowd

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT

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    We’re already starting to get a little excited about the 2011 Winter Classic (featuring the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, if you don’t already know) here at PHT, but one thing the NHL cannot boast is drawing the largest crowd for an outdoor hockey game. Nope, that designation will reportedly go to an NCAA outdoor…

  21. No unbeaten NHL teams remain after Dallas follows Toronto’s loss thanks to awful penalty killing

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT

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    While the Toronto Maple Leafs can take one point and some positives away from their first defeat of the season to the New York Islanders, the Dallas Stars have plenty to worry about after the Tampa Bay Lightning handed them a humbling (and misleadingly close) 5-4 loss tonight. The Stars were getting away with allowing…

  22. John Tavares spoils Toronto’s perfect start with OT goal

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

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    Well, the dream run had to end some time, right? Maybe you can picture a perfect season in football, but in hockey, it’s usually nice to just have a perfect couple weeks. After rushing to an impressive 4-0 season opening run, the Toronto Maple Leafs settled for a “charity point” as John Tavares scored in…

  23. Bruins injury updates: Marc Savard resumes skating, Marco Sturm could be back in ‘next few weeks’

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    The Boston Bruins probably didn’t expect Marc Savard to struggle this much with post-concussion syndrome, but he still faces an extensive journey to return to NHL competition. His progress will have to be measured in baby steps at this point, but at least there seems to be some decent news trickling through about the elite…

  24. Alex Ovechkin answers questions about dream linemates, milk and other fascinating subjects

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

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    If you were to construct the ultimate video game scoring line, it might just involve Alex Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. Lemieux and Gretzky were Ovechkin’s two choices for dream linemates when prompted by an ESPN reader’s questions as the Washington Capitals superstar did a little Q & A with the network’s resident puckhead…

  25. Marcel Goc out 2-4 weeks; Should Nicklas Backstrom be suspended for boarding hit?

    Oct 18, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators fans are up in arms after Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom boarded Marcel Goc into the boards. Goc will probably miss between two and four weeks with injuries suffered during the hit, so check out the video and vote in our poll to see if Backstrom’s hit was suspension-worthy.

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