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  1. Penguins-Capitals Winter Classic preview lives up to hype; Pittsburgh squeaks out 3-2 shootout win

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

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    hatepittsburg

    The Penguins and Capitals somehow lived up to the hype going into this contest, with Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury and Mike Green shining the brightest on Thursday night.

  2. Minnesota Wild coach Todd Richards bristles at ‘trapping team’ label

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    toddrichardswild

    Todd Richards and the Minnesota Wild have grown tired of people continuing to associate their team with the neutral zone trap. Then again, if they won more often, chances are they wouldn’t really care.

  3. Ilya Kovalchuk, Jamie Langenbrunner and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek react to coaching change

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    jacquesandloopholelou

    Click “Read More” to find out how highest paid player Ilya Kovalchuk, team captain Jamie Langenbrunner and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek reacted to the New Jersey’s decision to replace coach John MacLean with Lou Lamoriello.

  4. John Tortorella thinks Marian Gaborik will be back by Monday

    Dec 23, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    gaborikgroin

    Marian Gaborik is dealing with a groin injury that has him sidelined for tonight’s game, but Rangers coach John Tortorella thinks he’ll be back by Monday.

  5. Today’s Starting Goalies – December 23rd (late edition)

    Dec 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    thebarberjason

    Here are the probable starting goalies for today’s three later games.

  6. Today’s Starting Goalies – December 23rd (early edition)

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Here are the starting goalies for the first 10 of today’s 13 games, including the return of Pekka Rinne.

  7. Saves of the Night – Dan Ellis (December 22)

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    danellissaveofnight

    Dan Ellis didn’t win against the NY Islanders last night, but he made two great saves. Check them out in this post.

  8. Goal of the Night – Danny Cleary (December 22)

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    rafalskiandlidstromcelebrate

    We credit Danny Cleary because he actually scored the goal, but December 22nd’s best tally was all about Brian Rafalski’s beautiful pass.

  9. Injury updates: Cam Ward’s better, Matt Bradley out 2-4 weeks, Patrick Kaleta day-to-day

    Dec 23, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

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    camwardinjuryupdates

    Here are some injury updates regarding Cam Ward, Patrick Kaleta and Matt Bradley.

  10. Riding the Zamboni – Wednesday, December 22nd

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders

    Let’s take a look at Wednesday’s other games, highlighted by great performances from John Tavares and Jack Skille.

  11. Great news for Atlanta pro sports: Thrashers, Hawks ownership group settles six-year skirmish

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:47 PM EDT

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    While the Thrashers are sporting a clearer vision on the ice, the team (and the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks) cleared up their ownership situation off the ice, too.

  12. As Marian Gaborik fights more groin problems, Rangers call up Mats Zuccarello

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    58457_marian_gaborik

    Out goes Marian Gaborik, in comes “The Norwegian Hobbit Wizard” Mats Zuccarello. Read all about that plus updates on Matt Gilroy, Mike del Zotto and Vinny Prospal in this post.

  13. Zetterberg comes up big as Detroit beats Vancouver in OT; Datsyuk likely out four weeks with broken hand

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

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    hankzetterberg

    The good news: Henrik Zetterberg shined as the Red Wings beat the Canucks. The bad news: Pavel Datsyuk could miss about a month with a broken hand.

  14. Pavel Datsyuk leaves game against Canucks with ‘upper body injury’

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

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    pavdatsyukgoalofweekdec

    It’s unclear how significant the “upper body” injury might be, but Pavel Datsyuk left tonight’s game during the first period with whatever might be ailing him.

  15. Crosby extends his scoring streak to 22 games while Penguins shrink Flyers’ lead with win over Panthers

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    brentandmaf

    Sidney Crosby tied the second longest points scoring streak in 18 years while the Penguins won, leaving Pittsburgh only one point behind Philadelphia.

  16. Report: Sami Salo probably won’t return until February

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    bieksaandsalo

    The Canucks won’t have to make any tough decisions until around February as the team moved Sami Salo’s return date back about a month or so.

  17. Today’s Starting Goalies – December 22nd

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    tomasvokoundec22

    Here are the probable starters for tonight’s four games.

  18. Southeast Division lead shifts back to Capitals with Washington win, Atlanta loss

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:52 PM EDT

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    andrewgordon

    The balance of power in the Southeast shifted once again, as a Capitals win and Thrashers loss flip-flops the two teams for the division lead.

  19. Cam Ward wins Save of the Week by an overwhelming margin (December 13-19)

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    wardstopsbuff

    Cam Ward ran away with the save of the week voting for the week of December 13-19th.

  20. Marco Sturm set to make Kings debut tonight

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

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    63300_marco_sturm

    The Kings plan on easing him to the lineup with a “fourth line role” but the news is good all the same: Marco Sturm is expected to make his debut with L.A. tonight.

  21. Brad Richards, Dallas Stars’ success currently slipping under the radar

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

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    bradrichardsneedsmorehype

    The success of Brad Richards (in specific) and the Dallas Stars (in general) isn’t getting much attention from the media – national or local.

  22. Quick hits: Leafs’ outdoor practice, Czech-German WJC game postponed, Fowler becomes a human X-Mas tree

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    fowlertree

    Here are a handful of smaller stories, from the Leafs’ outdoor practice to Team Germany’s lost baggage and Cam Fowler becoming a human Christmas tree.

  23. Linus Omark wins his second straight Goal of the Week award (December 13-19)

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    omarklinus

    For the second week in a row, Linus Omark earned the goal of the week award among PHT readers.

  24. Islanders place Rick DiPietro on IR; Mike Mottau’s season is over

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    rickdipandmott

    The Islanders placed Rick DiPietro and Mike Mottau on the injured reserve; Mottau’s season is over.

  25. Gary Bettman isn’t bothered by Bruce Boudreau’s potty mouth

    Dec 21, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

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    bettmanokwithboudreau

    Bruce Boudreau’s mother didn’t like it, but Gary Bettman calls the profanity-packed speech by the Capitals’ coach part of “the ultimate reality show.”

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