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  1. Goal of the Night – Sergei Kostitsyn (February 5)

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Ryan Suter, Sergei Kostitsyn

    Sergei Kostitsyn scored Saturday’s Goal of the Night. Check out the video and some commentary in this post.

  2. How the Pittsburgh Penguins might deal with the loss of Evgeni Malkin

    Feb 6, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins

    With Evgeni Malkin likely done for the season and playoffs, the Penguins must move on. How will they use a sudden glut of cap space to try to fill some of that void? Read this post for some suggestions and speculation.

  3. Riding the Zamboni – Saturday, February 5th

    Feb 6, 2011, 1:40 AM EDT

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    kingsbeatflames

    Here are recaps of a busy Saturday night of games as the league’s playoff picture was altered once again.

  4. Peter Forsberg could make comeback decision as early as Sunday

    Feb 6, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

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    NHL.com reports that Peter Forsberg could make a decision regarding his latest comeback attempt as early as Sunday.

  5. Are the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals headed for a first round series?

    Feb 5, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    If the playoffs started tonight, the Penguins would host the Capitals in a first round series. Here is a detailed discussion of such a tantalizing scenario.

  6. Hurricanes pass Thrashers for eighth spot in East by beating them in OT thanks to Erik Cole end-to-end goal

    Feb 5, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

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    Tim Gleason, Sergei Samsonov, Erik Cole, Eric Staal, Joe Corvo

    The Hurricanes won the latest battle against the Thrashers in what could be a race for one of the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spots thanks to an Erik Cole OT game winning goal.

  7. Lightning recall offensive defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron

    Feb 5, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    The Lightning recalled offensive defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the minors. Could he give their already-potent power play a boost?

  8. Today’s Starting Goalies – Februrary 5

    Feb 5, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

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    Calgary Flames v Pittsburgh Penguins

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

  9. Today’s Starting Goalies – February 4th

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Ty Conklin, David Moss

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

  10. Around the Rink – Friday, February 4th

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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    NHL Fight

    Here are previews of tonight’s six games, including a Southeast showdown between the Lightning and Capitals and the next chapter in the Canucks-Blackhawks feud.

  11. Sami Salo return watch intensifies as he begins conditioning stint with AHL’s Manitoba Moose

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    The Canucks sent Sami Salo to the AHL for a conditioning stint, bringing him that much closer to his 2010-11 season debut.

  12. Craig Conroy officially retires, becomes ‘special assistant’ to Flames GM Jay Feaster

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Craig Conroy, Jessica Conroy

    As we speculated before, Calgary Flames veteran Craig Conroy made his retirement official today with a press conference. Don’t worry about him finding a job in a tough economy though; Conroy and the Flames also announced that he would serve as a “special assistant” to GM Jay Feaster. Conroy played 16 seasons and more than…

  13. Jaroslav Halak won’t play in tonight’s game against Oilers, listed as day-to-day

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    jaroslavhalak

    Jaroslav Halak will miss tonight’s game with an “upper body injury” and is listed as day-to-day.

  14. Thrashers place underrated defenseman Tobias Enstrom on IR

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Dustin Byfuglien, Nik Antropov

    The Thrashers placed Tobias Enstrom on the injured reserve retroactive to January 22nd because of his broken finger.

  15. Blues get rare injury break: Andy McDonald expects to make return from concussion tonight

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Washington Capitals v St. Louis Blues

    Andy McDonald is expected to make his return to the Blues lineup tonight against the Oilers after missing exactly two months with a concussion.

  16. Goalie fight gone wrong: Rick DiPietro out 4-6 weeks with facial fractures, swelling in his knee

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Rick DiPietro, Brent Johnson

    It turns out that Brent Johnson hurt more than Rick DiPietro’s pride when he landed a one-punch knockout during their goalie fight on Wednesday night. The New York Islanders report that their constantly injured netminder will miss four to six weeks with facial fractures from the punch, although the Islanders listed knee swelling as another…

  17. NHL hands Daniel Paille a four-game suspension for blindside hit on Ray Sawada

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres - Game Five

    The NHL decided to suspend Daniel Paille for four games for his blindside hit on Ray Sawada.

  18. Jason Spezza expects to play for Senators Saturday

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Image (1) Spezza-thumb-200x300-14084.jpg for post 2155

    After only earning two wins in his 15 game absence, the Senators will surely welcome Jason Spezza back into the fold. Even if it’s just to drum up his trade value.

  19. James Reimer ripple effects? Jonas Gustavsson sent down to the AHL

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

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    Jonas Gustavsson, James Reimer

    Amid an impressive first nine games for goalie James Reimer, the Maple Leafs sent Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson down to the minors for a “conditioning stint.”

  20. Northwest Division Watch (February 4th)

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    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 Northwest Division.

  21. Poll Results: PHT readers mixed on new Lightning designs

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos

    It seems like a slightly larger group of PHT readers prefer the new Lightning designs to the old ones. Click “Read More” for the mixed reactions.

  22. Goal of the Night – Ville Leino (February 3)

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ville Leino, Mike Brodeur, Brian Lee, Ryan Shannon

    It wasn’t as easy call like Thursday’s best save, but Ville Leino’s game winner earned the February 3rd Goal of the Night.

  23. Save of the Night – Cam Ward (February 3)

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    58th NHL All-Star Game

    The Maple Leafs scored moments later anyway, but Cam Ward’s diving stop was amazing enough to earn him the February 3rd Save of the Night.

  24. Report: Blue Jackets could draw trade interest for players such as goalie Steve Mason

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

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    stevemason47saves

    GM Scott Howson hasn’t confirmed any rumors at all, but Darren Dreger writes that the team might drum up some interest if they shop around Steve Mason, Jakub Voracek and/or Rostislav Klesla.

  25. Thursday night’s controversial hit: Bruin Daniel Paille could face suspension for hit on Star Ray Sawada

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

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    paillecampbell

    Bruins forward Daniel Paille’s blindside hit of Stars winger Ray Sawada is the latest in a long line of controversial checks. Click “Read More” for the details.

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