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  1. Recchi defies age, Halak stands on his head

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

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    Mark Recchi defies age. His hockey skills should be bottled by Oil of Olay to preserve a lady’s face against wrinkles. With one goal and one assist through the second period of Game 6, Recchi (41) joins 24-year-old Patrice Bergeron as the Boston Bruins’ leading scorer at 5 points in six games. Recchi isn’t merely…

  2. Another 7-game series in the making for Caps?

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

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    Are the Washington Capitals headed for yet another 7-game series? It’s one of those dim-witted but interesting stats: they’ve never made it easy – either for themselves or for their opponents – in the Alex Ovechkin Era. In their first run in the playoffs, they lost a Game 7 at home against the Philadelphia Flyers…

  3. Peeking at LA Kings' salary cap future

    Apr 26, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    It’s natural to say “the Los Angeles Kings will be back next year and are a team of the future” as a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel statement following their tough Game 6 loss. In fact, that was more or less my message last night. That being said, the team is reaching a crucial fork in the road; they…

  4. Vancouver Canucks knock LA Kings out of playoffs

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

    The Los Angeles Kings came to play in Game 6. Unfortunately for the young bunch, so did Roberto Luongo – and eventually – so did Daniel Sedin. Vancouver Canucks 4, Los Angeles Kings 2 Canucks win series 4-2 After out-shooting the Canucks 26-11 going into the third period, the Kings lost a little steam and…

  5. Kings dominate, only lead 2-1 past two periods

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

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    When a football player has a case of “Fumblitis,” a coach will often make him carry a pigskin around all week to signify how important it is to avoid turnovers. Perhaps the Vancouver Canucks should consider doing the same with Roberto Luongo and his stick? For the second time tonight the all-world goalie allowed a…

  6. Joe weighs in on Marian Hossa hit controversy

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    PHT contributor Joe Yerdon had a lengthy post reacting to Colin Campbell’s decision not to suspend Marian Hossa. Here’s an excerpt from a blistering (but clear-headed) piece of criticism from his personal blog, Gross Misconduct Hockey. The glaring lack of consistency as well as the underlying message that’s delivered when first-time offenders get the proverbial slap…

  7. Alex Frolov, LA Kings up 1-0 after 1st

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    There are at least two series that just need to go seven games. Hockey fans (though probably not Detroit Red Wings fans) got their wish when Phoenix dominated Detroit to send it to a penultimate finale. It’s unclear if that will happen between Vancouver and Los Angeles, but so far so good for the Kings. Alexander…

  8. NBC Video: Discussing Sharks, Pens advancing

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Last night included three big comebacks from Chicago, Pittsburgh and San Jose but only the last two clubs advanced to the second round. The NBC Crew discussed the Sharks and Penguins today. First, here’s some thoughts on the Sharks getting one of … what, four monkeys off their backs?   Next, talk about the Pittsburgh…

  9. NBC Video: An interview with Jovocop

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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  10. Kings-Canucks Game 6 link-o-rama

    Apr 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Tonight is a pretty big game even if it’s not a Game 7. The Kings-Canucks series gets a rare “marquee” status, not going head-to-head against any other game at night. I won’t get to do this very often, but here’s a little link roundup for tonight’s clash in Los Angeles. Every player has its ups…

  11. NBC Video: Sounds of the game, Star Cams

    Apr 25, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    NBC has gadgets that would make Batman jealous (OK that’s an exaggeration … maybe we don’t have batarangs or a batmobile, but we have a lot of cool microphones and cameras and whatnot). First, check out the highlights picked up on those microphones: Sounds of the Game.   Next, let’s take a look at the…

  12. NBC Video: Game highlights, Yandle interview

    Apr 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    First, video of all of the goals from the Phoenix-Detroit game.   And, for your viewing pleasure, a Keith Yandle interview. So many candle puns, so little time.  

  13. Poll: Should Marian Hossa have been suspended?

    Apr 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Colin Campbell decided not to suspend Marian Hossa for his hit on Dan Hamhuis, as Brandon discussed in that previous post. Here’s video of the Marian Hossa hit, for your own perusal:     So, obviously, Hossa won’t face a suspension but should he have faced one? Let us know in the poll below. Should Marian Hossa have…

  14. Sharks bounce Avs with help from Pavelski

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

    For at least one round, the San Jose Sharks can take a break from all the choking jokes. Then they’ll start over again in Round 2, because god forbid someone think of new punchlines. San Jose Sharks 5, Colorado Avalanche 2 Sharks win series 4-2 It’s been a night full of spirited comebacks. First, Chicago…

  15. Avs-Sharks tied 1-1 going into third period

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

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    So far, Game 6 is a “typical” contest as far as the Sharks and Avalanche go. To be fair, Colorado is showing more spunk in this one, but it’s still a low-scoring contest in which Craig Anderson is keeping his team in the game. Anderson made 22 out of 23 saves through two periods while…

  16. NBC Video: Star Cam highlights for Nashville-Chicago

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Here’s highlights from the Nashville Predators Star Cam footage.   Also, here’s some Chicago Blackhawks Star Cam highlights since you’ve been so good.  

  17. Pascal Dupuis helps Pittsburgh close out Ottawa

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Pascal Dupuis scored a one-timer goal to cap a big comeback for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They came back from a 3-0 Ottawa Senators lead to close out the series in overtime at 4-3. Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Ottawa Senators 3 OT Penguins win series 4-2 As I wrote earlier, the game had more than its fair…

  18. Matt Cooke, Penguins force overtime

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

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    With two goals in the third period, the Pittsburgh Penguins tied the Ottawa Senators to send Game 6 into overtime. It’s been an odd game so far as each period had a goal (or should I say, non-goal) that caused controversy. The first period saw a Penguins non-goal as Pascal Leclaire’s black pads made it…

  19. NHL announces start times for Chi-Nas Game 6, possible Col-SJ Game 7

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    The NHL announced the start times for Game 6 of Chicago at Nashville (the Blackhawks lead that series 3-2) and, if necessary, Game 7 of Colorado at San Jose (the Sharks lead the series 3-2). Here’s the word from a league press release. Starting times have been assigned to two games on the 2010 NHL…

  20. NBC Video: Duncan Keith interview

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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  21. Sidney Crosby avoids injury scare, Sens up 2-0

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby was shaken up after falling into Pascal Leclaire early in the second period. Anton Volchenkov pushed Crosby into his goalie and Crosby seemed to hurt his wrist. It’s unclear if he suffered a cut or just fell awkwardly on his hand. Reports from sources including Scott Burnside indicate that Crosby is at least…

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