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  1. Jaromir Jagr receives Czech Medal of Merit

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Jaromir Jagr became only the fourth hockey player to receive the Czech Medal or Merit.

  2. George Parros shaves his mustache to help promote ‘Movember’

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

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    George Parros seems to skate – or maybe I should say, beat people up – to the beat of his own drum. He breaks the stereotype of being a knuckle-dragging troglodyte of an enforcer, as Parros has an ivy-league background. So it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that he’s bringing his own…

  3. Around the Rink – Thursday, November 4th

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at tonight’s six game slate of hockey games, shall we? All times Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Columbus @ Atlanta This is a matchup of two teams that are hanging in there, although the Blue Jackets are especially hot right now. Columbus won six of their last eight games, most recently shutting…

  4. Report: Martin Brodeur could play as soon as Friday

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

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    You never know with the New Jersey Devils, but it sounds like Martin Brodeur’s injury isn’t too severe.

  5. Video: Coyotes D Ed Jovanovski scores first career hat trick

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Ed Jovanovski has played almost 1,000 regular season games in the NHL, yet he did something for the first time in his career last night: he scored three goals in one contest.

  6. Save of the Night – Jonas Gustavsson (November 3)

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    There were some great saves last night (heck, Chris Mason made 52 saves by himself), but to me it came down to a a great split stop by Miikka Kiprusoff and a 2-on-1 desperation stick save by Jonas Gustavsson. After a considerable amount of deliberation, I decided to give it to Gustavsson, particularly because it…

  7. Goal of the Night – Loui Eriksson (November 3)

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    It seems like Loui Eriksson has been watching Mike Ribeiro during shootouts the last few years. The underrated winger scored a great penalty shot goal during the Stars’ 5-2 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, using a move that reminded me of the one that Ribeiro perfected a few years back to frustrate many…

  8. Late games recap for November 3rd

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    For recaps of the night’s other six games, click here. Detroit 2, Calgary 1 This finishes the Calgary Flames’ five-game home stand (apparently their longest of the season) at 2-3. That being said, the Red Wings almost had to win this one, as they out-shot the Flames 33-17. Miikka Kiprusoff deserved better in this one,…

  9. Unexpected fight video: Sidney Crosby vs. Matt Niskanen

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Tensions boiled over between the Stars and Penguins tonight, as you can see from this fight between Sidney Crosby and Matt Niskanen.

  10. Nightly recap – November 3rd

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

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    There are three late games (Detroit-Calgary, Nashville-Phoenix and Tampa Bay-Phoenix) that we’ll recap tomorrow morning. In the mean time, enjoy summaries of the six other games of the night. Carolina 7, NY Islanders 2 The Islanders might want to hand the reins to Dwayne Roloson for a little while. That’s because Rick DiPietro allowed seven…

  11. Tonight’s great goalie performances: Thomas earns 7th win, Chris Mason stops 52 shots

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:14 PM EDT

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    While Brent Johnson’s great start to the season is coming to a screeching halt in Dallas, two other goalies played excellent hockey tonight. The first performer shouldn’t come as a surprise while the second one might raise a few eyebrows. Gosh, Tim Thomas is really slipping isn’t he? He brought a .50 GAA into tonight’s…

  12. Martin Brodeur leaves game early with right hand/wrist injury; X-rays negative

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

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    It seems like the bad news keeps coming for the befuddled New Jersey Devils. If things weren’t awful enough with their league-worst start and recent news that Zach Parise will be out three months with a knee injury, things could get even worse as goalie Martin Brodeur reportedly left the team’s game against the Chicago…

  13. Patrick Roy criticizes Lightning coach Guy Boucher’s system, Boucher responds

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Patrick Roy is, by the estimation of many, the greatest goalie in hockey history. Even people who poke holes in his game will admit that he at least needs to be in the discussion. But with that unique talent comes plenty of character. Simply put, Roy is a weirdo who says (and does) some pretty…

  14. With Zach Parise out, Devils make Ilya Kovalchuk one of their alternate captains

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

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    It’s easy to blame Ilya Kovalchuk for nearly everything that’s going wrong with the New Jersey Devils right now, who will play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. Yet it’s clear that New Jersey’s $100 million man isn’t the only issue in the Garden State. The Devils have been besieged by injuries so far, even beyond losing…

  15. Minnesota Wild place Guillaume Latendresse on IR

    Nov 3, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Much like Mike Ribeiro in Dallas, Minnesota Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse thrived once he left the glaring spotlight that comes with being a member of the Montreal Canadiens. After scoring only three points in 23 games for Montreal in 2009-10, Latendresse scored 25 goals and 12 assists to compile 37 points in 55 games in…

  16. Hurricanes move rookie Jeff Skinner to Eric Staal’s top line

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    The Hurricanes apparently decided to bump their rookie forward Jeff Skinner up to the top line with Eric Staal.

  17. Today’s Starting Goalies – November 3

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:03 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. 7:00 PM ET…

  18. Should he stay or go?: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

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    As six NHL rookies near the nine game cut-off point from “burning” a year off their entry-level contracts, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of keeping each one at the NHL level vs. moving them down to the AHL. Sometimes the decision will already be made and we’ll just be sharing our two cents while…

  19. Today’s Starting Goalies – November 2

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:15 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. 7:00 PM ET…

  20. Ducks GM Bob Murray says the team won’t send Cam Fowler to the minors

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

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    The Anaheim Ducks announced that they will keep rookie defenseman Cam Fowler at the NHL level after nine games.

  21. Ryan Miller suffers lower body injury, might miss Wednesday’s game vs. Boston

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

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    I can’t say that it’s a huge surprise that Ryan Miller is struggling to back up his amazing 2009-10 season and Olympic stretch. That being said, I expected a mild drop-off (maybe a dip like Tim Thomas experienced from his 2008-09 Vezina-winning year to his not-as-bad-as-it-seemed season in 09-10) but things have been way worse…

  22. Magnus Paajarvi narrowly wins Goal of the Week (October 25-31)

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t get much closer than this. Edmonton Oilers forward Magnus Paajarvi scored a dazzling goal that won the award by one measly vote. Check out the results below. (click to enlarge) As you can see from the poll, Paajarvi (12 votes) barely edged Martin St. Louis (11) and Dustin Byfuglien (11) while Andrei Kostitsyn…

  23. Derick Brassard apologizes for comments he made about Columbus Blue Jackets owner

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Derick Brassard wants to apologize for comments he made to a Montreal radio show … but not before he claims that they were just trying to make headlines.

  24. Brian Burke defends Dion Phaneuf, calls fans booing him ‘disgraceful’

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is a lot of things. He’s outspoken, cocky, accomplished and wildly entertaining. It also seems like he’s an intensely loyal person. Perhaps this was just hearsay from Earl Sleek of Battle of California, but it seemed like he allowed Ilya Bryzgalov to escape to the Phoenix Coyotes when he…

  25. Around the Rink – Tuesday, November 2

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    After a light three-game slate to come back from the Halloween holiday weekend, the league sports another fairly light slate of games. Here is a preview of today’s four contests. All times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Montreal @ Columbus Both of these teams are surprising successes so far. The Montreal Canadiens are tied with…

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