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  1. 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.  

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. NBC Video: Duncan Keith interview

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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  6. 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…

  7. Ottawa Senators take 1-0 lead in first period

    Apr 24, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators began the game with such a burst I couldn’t help but ask: “Are the Penguins receiving a visit from The Ghost of Keith Primeau?”* Ottawa Senators 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 0 Penguins lead series 3-2 For newer hockey fans (or those with hazy memories), then-Flyers forward Primeau scored an overtime game winning goal…

  8. NBC Video: 'Big Game' Patrick Kane

    Apr 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Who knew just how appropriate this video would be?  

  9. Video: Marian Hossa's hit on Dan Hamhuis

    Apr 24, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    So, here’s video of what will probably be the next hit of great debate. What’s your take: is it dirty or not? Let us know if you think it was dirty, not dirty or even suspension-worthy in the comments.  

  10. Hossa, Kane go from goats to heroes in Chicago's OT win

    Apr 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Sports writers love to talk about teams or players being “haunted” by a mistake. Sometimes it’s a single gaffe that tarnishes a great player’s legacy (see: Buckner, Bill). Other times it could be a questionable call by a referee or an epic brain fart. Still, few five-minute powerplays will ever leave its beneficiaries as cold…

  11. Kane sends it to OT, Hossa gets 5 minute major

    Apr 24, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Maybe Patrick Kane gained some last minute heroism through Zach Parise osmosis. The American-born winger scored a goal when the Blackhawks needed it the most, tying the game 5-5 with about 14 seconds left. The situation looked dire for the Blackhawks in the final minute. Marian Hossa pushed Predators defenseman at the exact worst moment,…

  12. Martin Erat's two goals give Predators 4-3 lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Martin Erat silenced the once-booming United Center with two goals as the Nashville Predators administered the rope-a-dope on a stunned Chicago Blackhawks team. As of this writing, the Predators are up 4-3 with about 5:30 left in the third period. Mental mistakes continue to beguile Chicago. A powerplay turnover lead to a Joel Ward shorthanded…

  13. Detroit ends strong, Vancouver dismantles Kings

    Apr 24, 2010, 12:45 AM EDT

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    In the first week of the playoffs, every game seemed like it would be a nail-biting barn burner. The last couple days, though, there have been a few contests that weren’t hanging in the balance in the final period. While Phoenix-Detroit was quite competitive, Vancouver gave the Kings a (don’t write royal don’twriteroyal don’twriteroyal) profound…

  14. Zdeno Chara will not be suspended for Game 6

    Apr 24, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

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    Update: you can eat your Scooby snacks in peace; word is that the league repealed the instigator penalty. (Source: Darren Dreger.) Could Zdeno Chara be forced to sit out Game 6 in Boston? It’s a legitimate fear at this point, as you can see from this Associated Press report. The game ended with a melee in…

  15. Quick hits: Crosby's bonus assist, Tootoo's stitches

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Here are two stories of some note. Jordan Tootoo needs stitches too too Ian Laperriere received a lot of attention for his ghastly facial injury after taking a shot to the face, but he’s not the only one that received the old baseball stitching treatment. You know things are bad when you consult a plastic…

  16. Red Wings up 1-0, Canucks lead 2-1

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

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    Through the first period of the two late games, the Red Wings have a 1-0 lead in Phoenix while the Vancouver Canucks are up 2-1 at home. For the Red Wings-Coyotes game, Detroit’s been controlling most of the play so far. Ilya Bryzgalov is currently 11-for-12 while Jimmy Howard only had to make six saves…

  17. Montreal, Buffalo stay alive, another 'too many men' gaffe

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Another playoff night, another costly “Too Many Men on the Ice” penalty. There have been 18 so far this playoffs, according to TSN. Montreal Canadiens 2, Washington Capitals 1 Capitals lead series 3-2 This time, the Washington Capitals were confused while trying to pull Semyon Varlamov for an extra man and ended up taking the…

  18. American flag replaced in odd display of Canadian hockey pride

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

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    While I don’t consider myself an insane patriot by any means, I appreciate gestures made in the name of one’s own country. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that people can go far … way, way too far. Check out this strange story from the Associated Press, detailing some Canadian tomfoolery. Authorities say two native Canadians will…

  19. Buffalo widens lead, Washington gets closer

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

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    The second period saw the Buffalo Sabres widen their lead to 3-0 while the decidedly flat Montreal Canadiens might see the middle frame as a missed opportunity. Buffalo’s Jason Pominville scored the only goal of the third period, but the Sabres hit a few posts and generally looked dominant against a punch-less Boston Bruins team.…

  20. Bobby Orr rookie jersey goes for 191K in auction

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    With young defensemen including Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith and Mike Green putting up big offensive numbers at such a young age, it almost seems natural to think of the greatest boy-among-men D guy: Bobby Orr. The Canadian Press reports that the all-time great’s rookie year jersey went for a staggering $191,200 in an auction. The…

  21. Canadiens, Sabres jump to 2-0 1st period leads

    Apr 23, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    So far, so good for the two teams looking to climb 3-1 mountains starting tonight. In DC, the Capitals are playing like, well, they’re up two games in the series. While a 2-0 lead is clearly not an insurmountable one for Washington, the game actually could be quite a bit more lopsided as the Canadiens…

  22. Tonight's playoff games

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at tonight’s games. Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM ET (Versus, TSN, CSN Mid-Atlantic) Capitals lead series 3-1 It’s funny to think that the last time the series was in Washington, the Caps needed a desperate surge to tie the series in overtime. Perhaps without the pressure of pleasing their…

  23. Dominik Hasek wins Czech league title at age 45

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Even at the far-from-tender age of 45, Dominik Hasek showed that he can still be “The Dominator.” Hasek helped lead his hometown Czech league club HC Pardubice to the Czech league title according to The Associated Press. Pardubice beat HC Vitkovice 3-2 in overtime in Ostrava on Thursday to sweep the finals 4-0. Hasek came out…

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