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  1. Jaromir Jagr unlikely to return to NHL

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Hockey fans pining for the NHL return of that flowing mullet (or at least the great playmaking skill) of Jaromir Jagr might be out of luck. The Edmonton Journal reports that Jagr is likely to re-sign with Omsk in the KHL, killing the hopes of him returning to the Oilers or any other team in the…

  2. Save of the Night: Jimmy Howard

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Statistically speaking, it wasn’t exactly a banner night for either Jimmy Howard or Evgeni Nabokov. That doesn’t mean that the two goalie lacked any kind of highlights at all, though. While it wasn’t enough to help the Red Wings come back, Howard made a couple reflexive saves here that gave his team a chance to…

  3. (Sigh of relief) Goal of the Night: Thornton to Heatley

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    This might not be the most amazing goal, but it could end up being enormous for Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley. It’s possible that folks could bristle at the fact that Jumbo Joe set up one of his “typical” assists (it was pure pretty passing; Thornton simply got a little room and did what he…

  4. 2010 NHL Playoffs: First round stats leaders

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    With the first round of the 2010 NHL Playoffs in the bag, I thought it might be wise to look at the league’s leaders in certain categories. Eliminated players in italics. Points leaders through Round 1 1. Sidney Crosby – 142 (tied). Mikael Samuelsson – 11 2 (tied). Henrik Zetterberg – 113 (tied). Michael Cammalleri…

  5. Drew Doughty out, Ryan Smyth and 3 others in for Team Canada

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Team Canada added four players to its 2010 IIHF World Championships roster today: Ryan Smyth, Brooks Laich, Tyler Myers and Mike Del Zotto. TSN has the story on Mark Messier’s team assembling process. Messier has been busy working the phones, trying to fill out his roster. He currently has 20 confirmed players — seven defencemen, 12…

  6. Team USA adds 11 players for 2010 IIHF World Championships

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Upon the conclusion of the first round, the rosters for one of sport’s great consolation tournaments – the IIHF World Championships – are starting to hit their stride. Team USA, for instance, added 11 players to their roster (according to TSN). The latest additions include Los Angeles Kings’ defencemen Jack Johnson and Matt Greene, Devils’…

  7. NHL announces second round referees

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Sure, I have moments when I scream at the TV as if it will react to my venom just like any other fan. That being said, in the grand scheme of things, it pains me when fans use the zebras as an excuse for a defeat. Still, it’s perhaps the nature of a fan to…

  8. Steve Yzerman might get Lightning GM job

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Steve Yzerman is on the “short list” of candidates for the Tampa Bay Lightning GM job along with former Canucks GM Dave Nonis and veteran executive Doug Risebrough. Sources say the Red Wings have granted permission for Tampa Bay to speak with Yzerman, currently a vice president in Detroit. Yzerman won’t…

  9. Red Wings may face fine for 'breaking curfew'

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Strange story out of San Jose: it seems that the Detroit Red Wings came into town too late and might face a fine for breaking curfew. Anytime you can refer to a team that features Nicklas Lidstrom (a 40-year-old man) as “breaking curfew,” you just have to do it. TSN has the story. The Mercury news…

  10. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis reflects on lost series

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Whether you’re a Capitals fan or not, if you’re even remotely interested in hockey blogging you probably admire Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. He’s one of sport’s most media-savvy owners, so it’s not surprising that after the Capitals lost Game 7 to the Montreal Canadiens, Leonsis put up some classy posts about the series. Here’s…

  11. 2010 NHL playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 2 predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Another round, another set of darts. This time, we’re taking a look at Round 2 of the 2010 NHL Playoffs (also known as the Conference Semifinals, if you’re a stickler for details). I think the question is: which team will torment us with their upset special this round? Next up, the Eastern Conference. Click here…

  12. 2010 NHL playoffs: Western Conference Round 2 predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Another round, another set of darts. This time, we’re taking a look at Round 2 of the 2010 NHL Playoffs (also known as the Conference Semifinals, if you’re a stickler for details). I think the question is: which team will torment us with their upset special this round? Since the East got first dibs last round,…

  13. Examining PHT Staff first round predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Like a puck-based American political system, we believe in checks and balances at Pro Hockey Talk. With that spirit in mind, I think it’s prudent to judge our first round predictions before moving on to Round 2. (Here’s a link for our Western Conference and Eastern Conference predictions, if you’re interested.) To do so, I…

  14. Hart Trophy candidates: Crosby, Ovechkin, H. Sedin

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin are the three Hart Trophy candidates according to NHL Live. Around the end of the regular season, we profiled the leading candidates in our “Case for … ” series. Take a look at spirited arguments for each one (with an extra player thrown in). The Case for Henrik…

  15. Jaroslav Halak, Montreal shocks Washington in Game 7

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    This is one of those games (and series) where you look for someone to blame. Was it as simple as “The Capitals couldn’t solve Jaroslav Halak?” Maybe you point to their “lack of experience” or question their intestinal fortitude? To be honest, I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that the world-beating Washington Capitals…

  16. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Second Round TV Schedule

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Simply put, here’s the TV schedule for the semifinals. Feel free to share this with buddies/bookmark it for your social planning purposes. CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE EASTERN CONFERENCE Date Time (ET) #4 Pittsburgh vs. #8 Montreal Network Friday, April 30 7:00 p.m. Montreal at Pittsburgh CBC, RDS, VERSUS** Sunday, May 2 2:00 p.m. Montreal at Pittsburgh…

  17. Canadiens-Capitals Game 7 Live Chat

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Nothing beats a Game 7 … except maybe overtime in a Game 7. Tonight’s Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals game brings plenty of expectations and energy, so we thought we’d give you a place to share your thoughts while we do the same. The chat is up and running right now, but if you want a little…

  18. Canadiens nurse 1-0 lead through 2nd period

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:37 PM EDT

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    The Washington Capitals are 20 minutes away from an unceremonious end to what was supposed to be their greatest season ever. As usual, Washington is out-shooting Montreal, this time 24-11 through two periods. Despite all those shots, it seems like the Canadiens are willing to go that extra mile with conservative defense and plenty of…

  19. Live Chat tonight for Habs-Caps Game 7

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Much like yesterday’s Red Wings-Coyotes game, PHT is going to run a live chat of tonight’s Canadiens-Capitals Game 7. The game itself starts at 7:00 pm ET, but we’ll get the discussion rolling at 6:45 pm ET. Will the Washington Capitals solve Jaroslav Halak at home after his amazing Game 6 performance? Can the Caps go…

  20. A decade of NHL Draft debates

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Dani Toth brought up an interesting “What if?” question today. She asked if the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted the right man when they chose Steven Stamkos instead of Drew Doughty. Depending on how you look at it, it’s a grizzly bear of a question: do you go with the electric goal scorer or the Norris-nominated defenseman?…

  21. The odds of a #8 beating a #1 in NHL playoffs

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

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    (Dikembe Mutombo knows upsets.) One of my biggest criticisms of the NBA is that the league is too predictable. Sure, there’s the occasional Golden State Warriors shocking the Dallas Mavericks/Dikembe Mutombo joyously celebrating an upset of the Seattle Supersonics, but really the big dogs almost always win. That’s one of the great things about the…

  22. Looking at the Coyotes' on-ice future

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Obviously, the biggest off-season questions for the Phoenix Coyotes center around “who will be their owner?” and “where will they play this year and beyond?” Still, if coach Dave Tippett and the scrappy bunch showed us anything, it’s that the ownership issues aren’t the only story when it comes to this team. It’s difficult (dare I…

  23. How the Ovechkin-Caps fared in Game 7's

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    It’s kind of stunning to think that every single Alex Ovechkin Era Washington Capitals playoff series went to a Game 7. Whether it was a marquee matchup with Pittsburgh or seemingly mundane clashes with the Rangers and Canadiens, the Caps have been pushed to the brink each and every time. Oddly enough, each series also…

  24. Blackhawks kick Predators out of playoffs

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

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    If anyone deserved to score a goal for the Chicago Blackhawks, it was John Madden. His empty netter was his first goal (and point) of a series despite the fact that he played some great hockey. Chicago Blackhawks 5, Nashville Predators 3 Blackhawks win series 4-2 Both the Eastern and Western Conferences will wait for…

  25. Blackhawks take 4-3 lead into third period

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

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    After a wild first period, a score-less second period might come back to haunt the Chicago Blackhawks a lot like the Nashville Predators’ disastrous 5 minute man-advantage did in Game 5. The Blackhawks failed to score on 10 minutes of powerplay time in the second period, including a double minor. While Nashville needs to work on staying…

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