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  1. Controversy surrounding Flyers' sandy skate issues boils over

    May 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The reflexive response is to attach “-Gate” to any controversy (although I wonder what would happen if the Dallas Stars were involved … we already have “Stargate” after all) but perhaps this Flyers-Habs dilemma deserves a couple extra syllables. Maybe we should refer to it as “Sand-on-the-Skategate” instead? Or perhaps the “Great Sandy Skate Debate”?…

  2. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Post-game videos

    May 24, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

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    Here’s the final set of tonight’s videos from NBC’s playoff coverage. First, here’s the last barrage of interviews from Jonathan Toews, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and Sharks coach Todd McLellan.   Next, the NBC Crew discusses the impact of defensive-minded forwards including Mike Richards and Dave Bolland.   Here’s the presentation of the Campbell Trophy,…

  3. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Highlight videos, including Star Cam and Sounds of the Game

    May 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Expect all kinds of Chicago-San Jose video goodies in this post. First, here’s the highlights of the game.   Next, San Jose Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski are featured on NBC’s Starm Cam videos.   Not to be out-done, the Chicago Blackhawks have all kinds of star power, so naturally their Star Cam…

  4. Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires win Memorial Cup by beating Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1

    May 23, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    The Windsor Spitfires became one of only eight teams to win back-to-back Memorial Cup tonight, destroying the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1. Considering the fact that probable No. 1 pick Taylor Hall became the first player to ever win back-to-back tournament MVPs, you have to wonder if – somewhere – the Edmonton Oilers are smiling. Allan…

  5. Trip to Stanley Cup finals helps Duncan Keith cope with loss of 7 teeth

    May 23, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Duncan Keith lost seven teeth in this afternoon’s game between the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks, but advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals must numb some of that pain. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune captured some great quotes from the chopper-lite Keith. “I just smashed all my teeth out,” Keith said as he opened…

  6. 2010 IIHF World Championships: Alex Ovechkin, Russia fall short as Czechs take gold

    May 23, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia’s year of frustration continued today as the upstart Czech Republic team shocked them 2-1 to win the gold medal in the 2010 IIHF World Championships. The Czech Republic was not expected to have so much success. After all, their biggest name Jaromir Jagr almost seemed to wave a white flag…

  7. Sharks didn't choke, but is this still the end of an era?

    May 23, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    The San Jose Sharks didn’t lose in the first round this year. This wasn’t a situation in which they lost to a Cinderella team, either. Instead it was the No. 2 seed Chicago Blackhawks, a squad that barely fell short of taking the top seed from them in the regular season. The higher level of…

  8. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Post-game interviews

    May 23, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The NBC Crew covered all kinds of bases with post-game interviews. Here are three videos featuring the jubilant Western Conference’s Stanley Cup Finals representatives. First, here’s “Captain Serious” Jonathan Toews.   Next, here’s John “Boom” Madden, the great defensive forward who is no stranger to the Cup after being part of those ultra-successful New Jersey…

  9. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Video previews

    May 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Here are two NBC videos designed to get you pumped up for tomorrow’s Chicago-San Jose tilt. The game stars at 3 PM ET live on NBC and we’ll be doing another festive Live Chat. So make sure you swing on by (or we’ll be depressed).          

  10. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: NBC feature videos

    May 22, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Here are a couple more videos from today’s game in Montreal. First, we have NBC’s post-game interview with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, whose physical presence made a big (some may complain, dirty) impact on today’s game. Check out the video below.   And then we have an interesting feature regarding the role of American…

  11. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Highlight videos

    May 22, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Top highlights:     Check out this tremendous effort by much-maligned Marc Andre Bergeron, who saved the Canadiens from an empty-net goal. Unfortunately, Claude Giroux ended up putting in an ENG later on, but still. You can’t deny that this was an amazing effort.       Sounds of the Game:  

  12. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Philly throttles listless Montreal 3-0

    May 22, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    When a strong team or a “favorite” tumbles, sports writers scatter the ashes for excuses. Could it be that the team lacked heart or intestinal fortitude or some other metaphorical body part? Did Star Player X fail to “show up”? No, maybe it’s just that Embattled Coach failed to make the proper adjustments. Yet, in…

  13. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Live Chat

    May 22, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    As we do with every NBC game, we’re opening up the floor for a Live Chat starting now. If you’d like to take a look at some of our coverage of what should be a big Game 4 between the Canadiens and the Flyers, we have you covered. The game itself starts at 3PM ET…

  14. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Flyers dominate 2nd, up 2-0

    May 22, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

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    After a relatively even first period, the Philadelphia Flyers bombarded the sleepy Montreal Canadiens in the second period. To say it was domination is an understatement; the Flyers deserved at least the 2-0 lead they built after ridiculously out-shot the Canadiens 13 to 1. Claude Giroux and Ville Leino scored two beauties after they managed…

  15. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Tied after 1st period

    May 22, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    There were more than a few close calls in the first period of Game 4, but it ended 0-0. Unlike the previous three games of this series, neither team built a clear and undeniable advantage. Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere returned for the Flyers in this one and seem like they’re fitting in well. Dan…

  16. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Fun with numbers

    May 22, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    We’ve had some nice coverage of today’s upcoming Flyers-Canadiens tilt. Here’s the game preview and a story about the so-far-huge effect of home ice advantage on the series. To give you a little more information going into the game, I thought I’d throw some math at you. Some are simple but some are a little…

  17. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 3: Thornton, Ladd get physical

    May 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    During the annual summer Joe Thornton bashing bloc party, one of the common critiques unleashed on the giant playmaker is that he plays soft for his size. Particularly, they say, during the playoffs. Here are a couple videos showing that he – along with his enemy in these cases, Andrew Ladd – is far from…

  18. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 3: Video of Bolland, Byfuglien's big goals

    May 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Some might forget that – justifiably lost in the Sharks’ heartbreaking Game 3 defeating – Patrick Marleau was nearly a hero by scoring the teams’ two goals. The reason many will forget that is simple: the Blackhawks won the game in overtime and took a deflating 3-0 series lead. Two of the biggest factors in…

  19. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Both teams enjoy big home ice advantage

    May 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    In Philadelphia, they have those heart-clogging cheesesteaks, the vague yet ever-present threat of batteries/vandalism and the undeniable “spirit” of potential hooliganism. Meanwhile, Montreal provides poutine, an outrageously raucous crowd, the ghosts* of Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden and Jean Beliveau alongside their well-known tendency to riot after games. Both crowds are prone to chant “Ole!” although one…

  20. 2010 IIHF World Championships: Live stream for Russia-Germany, Czechs stun Swedes

    May 22, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    On one side, you have the angry and loaded Alex Ovechkin-fueled Russian team looking to make amends for a year full of disappointment (both during international play and in the NHL playoffs). Facing them is an upstart German squad that will certainly gain a home ice advantage from playing in the host country (more on…

  21. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4 preview: Did Montreal regain its swagger?

    May 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens, Game 4 (preview) Flyers lead series 2-1 Live on NBC at 3PM ET Let there be no doubt which team needed to win Game 3 more in this Flyers-Canadiens series. Shots on goal advantages may not always tell the story – after all, Montreal went into that game 0-8 when…

  22. The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, May 20

    May 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    We won’t be able to do a nightcap for every game night, but with things ending reasonably early I figured why not? Here’s a collection of today’s PHT material between yours truly and Brandon Worley. Kurtis Foster’s infant daughter passes away – Best wishes go out to Foster and his family. Sharks facing reality: Blackhawks are…

  23. Canadiens ground Flyers 5-1 in Game 3

    May 20, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Through the first three games of at least one series, we’re finally seeing a match where home ice advantage seems to really matter. Unless, of course, it’s a coincidence. Whether it’s home cooking or just increased urgency, the Montreal Canadiens flipped the script in just about every way against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3.…

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