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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 18

    Oct 18, 2010, 6:40 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. Today’s schedule features…

  14. Glancing at some of the best deals in hockey

    Oct 17, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

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    In this increasingly fragmented and confusing world – not to mention a fledgling economy – getting a good deal is about more than feeling smart. Sometimes, it’s just a flat-out necessity. Just the other day, I saw the Dallas Stars advertise their delightfully pun-based promotion “Ott-toberfest.” It’s a pretty cool deal, as fans who cash…

  15. Around the Rink – Sunday, October 17

    Oct 17, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    I realize that, from a box office standpoint, it makes sense that most NHL teams prefer to play on a Saturday night. It’s the most likely night that people can go out to a hockey game, since they’re off and there’s no work the next day. But from a selfish hockey fan perspective, I wish…

  16. Keith Ballard suffers ‘slight concussion'; ‘No time frame’ for return

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Maybe the Vancouver Canucks have some kind of hex on them. Perhaps it’s residual bad karma from the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident. Whatever the case may be, the Canucks blue line is dealing with injury problems yet again this season. New addition Keith Ballard is reportedly suffering from a “slight concussion” after being hit into…

  17. James Wisniewski regrets making obscene gesture toward Sean Avery, ‘hurting’ his team

    Oct 17, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Honestly, I thought the NHL went overboard in handing New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski a two game suspension for making the international gesture for fellatio toward Sean Avery. Sure, it was childish and embarrassing, but isn’t that how you’d describe just about every post-whistle scuffle and bit of trash talking? He simply translated that…

  18. NHL fines Sabres troublemaker Patrick Kaleta for failed headbutt on Travis Zajac

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

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    When it comes to pesky players such as Buffalo Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta, there’s a fine line between doing your job (frustrating opponents into penalties) and hurting your own team by taking bad penalties. There are times when such tomfoolery just falls flat on its face, though. Wednesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils provided…

  19. Late games recaps – October 16

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    We covered a ton (OK, just 10) of last night’s games, but two of the contests went past our bed times. Let’s recap those late Saturday games for your reading enjoyment. Calgary 5, Edmonton 3 For at least one night, Darryl Sutter’s off-season additions looked like shrewd moves. Alex Tanguay scored the first goal then…

  20. Save of the Night – October 16 (Ty Conklin)

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Ty Conklin robs Mike Ribeiro of what looks like a certain goal with a stunning save. It might not have won the St. Louis Blues the game (they ended up losing in a shootout), but it allowed them to take a point from the game. Check out that outstanding save after the jump.

  21. Goal of the Night: October 16 (Brent Burns)

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    People throw around “Goal of the Year” praise almost like how people call a film that was released in January the movie of the year, but they might just be onto something with this stunning goal by Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns. Check it out after the jump.

  22. Nightly recap – October 16

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    We won’t be able to cover the two latest games, but there’s plenty of hockey to go around with 12 games on the docket tonight. Let’s take a look at a busy night in the NHL. Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1 Read all about Brent Johnson and Sidney Crosby’s strong night here. Montreal 4, Ottawa 3…

  23. Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen feels ‘much better'; could be back by Thursday

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:43 PM EDT

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    Good news for the Detroit Red Wings: it sounds like Johan Franzen isn’t too banged up. While the sniping Swedish forward did admit that the Mark Fistric hit left him with a “mild concussion,” Franzen said that he was feeling quite a bit better and it doesn’t appear that he’ll deal with too many issues.…

  24. Tomas Vokoun posts second straight shutout; Strong season could earn him a big deal

    Oct 16, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

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    Tomas Vokoun earned his second consecutive shutout tonight, keeping the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning off of the scoreboard in a 6-0 win for the Florida Panthers. Vokoun’s contract will expire after the season, so the question is: can the talented but underrated Czech goalie make enough waves to earn one more big contract?

  25. Sidney Crosby, Brent Johnson power Penguins past Flyers; Could there be a goalie controversy in Pittsburgh?

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

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    Brent Johnson is now 3-0 while established starter Marc-Andre Fleury is 0-3 in this early season. Is it too early to wonder if there might be a goalie controversy in the Pittsburgh Penguins net? Read on for more on that and Sidney Crosby’s dominant night.

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