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  1. Vanek won't return, soft goal brings Boston closer

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Tomas Vanek will not return to today’s game after suffering a “lower body injury” when he crashed into the boards during a first period odd-man rush. There’s no word on if the problem will cause him to miss extended time, but we’ll keep you up-to-date on that as we hear more. Moving on, a Vladmir…

  2. Matt Ellis gives Sabres 2-0 lead

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

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    The first goal was a bout of bad luck for Tuukka Rask, but this one is on him. The Sabres’ grinders made a few nice passes and Matt Ellis sent a backhand that beat Rask who was out of position to make the save. Just a moment ago Tomas Vanek was taken hard into the…

  3. Tyler Myers makes it 1-0 Buffalo

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Normally, I don’t like goalie jeering chants, but you can’t really beat “Tuuu-kaaa” for Tuukka Rask. The mockery started early this afternoon as a Tyler Myers slapper took a funny bounce (it looked like it deflected off of Boston Bruins’ forward Steve Begin) and skipped past the Finnish goalie to give the Sabres a 1-0…

  4. What they're saying about Boston-Buffalo

    Apr 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    NBC’s first playoff game of 2010 starts live at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. We’re very excited to provide extended coverage for Game 2 of the Boston Bruins-Buffalo Sabres first round series for you here to today. Let’s take a look at what newspapers, bloggers and other assorted individuals are saying about this afternoon’s game.…

  5. Boston Bruins grind it out without Marc Savard

    Apr 17, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    NBC Playoff Coverage Game 2: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (Buffalo leads 1-0) Live on NBC at 1:00 PM ET Maybe I’m in the minority here, but in my eyes, the Boston Bruins have been impressively resilient this season. Just think of all the follies that faced that team. If injuries to key players such…

  6. Ryan Miller makes Buffalo a Cup contender

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    NBC Playoff Coverage Game 2: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (Buffalo leads series 1-0) Live on NBC at 1:00 PM ET The other day, the subject of the league’s best goalies came up and I couldn’t help but realize that – at least in this moment in time – it is difficult to make an…

  7. Video: Defense dries up in the desert

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Western Conference is supposed to be the buttoned-down, defensively superior side of the NHL compared to the loose, semi-soft Eastern Conference. If anything else, the Phoenix Coyotes seemed like they would never be a part of a shooting gallery (unless they had a meltdown and the “shooting” was particularly one-sided.) Yet, that’s exactly what…

  8. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Save of the Night

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Scoreboard watchers probably assume that the Nashville Predators blew the doors off of the United Center last night, being that the final score was 4-1. Naturally, people who actually saw the game will note that two empty net goals masked what was a tight one goal game. While Antti Niemi allowed a backbreaking soft goal, Pekka…

  9. Mikael Samuelsson gives Canucks 3-2 OT win

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:20 AM EDT

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    Mikael Samuelsson had a great 30-goal season even despite missing some time, but that might just be a mild appetizer if his first playoff game as a Vancouver Canuck is any indication. The Swedish center has been one of the main beneficiaries of the quantum leap the Sedin twins made this season. I mentioned this…

  10. Kings-Canucks game goes to OT

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:38 AM EDT

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    For playoff overtime lovers (aka any hockey fan with a pulse), today’s been a goldmine. Not to be outclassed by the Canadiens-Capitals thriller, the late game between Vancouver and Los Angeles is going into overtime too. Neither team could muster a goal after the wild, four-goal second period. The Versus crew points out an interesting…

  11. LA-Vancouver tied 2-2 after wild 2nd period

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT

    After a rough-and-tumble (but scoreless) first period, the Kings and Canucks combined for an exciting four-goal second. The highlight reel goal was scored by the Sedin twins. Henrik Sedin led a rush up the ice, deftly passing the puck to his brother Daniel. Then “The Shooting Sedin” Daniel took advantage of a little extra space…

  12. Vancouver-LA tied 0-0 through the 1st period

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    As the hockey world shakes off the shock of the Montreal Canadiens’ upset of the Washington Capitals, there’s one game left for puckheads willing to go into work with some goalie creases under their eyes. The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings wrestled to a 0-0 tie in the first period of their Game 1…

  13. Tomas Plekanec backs up big words with OT winner

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

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    “Tomas who? Jagr?” [Jose] Theodore said, referring to five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr, Plekanec’s Olympic teammate with the Czech Republic. “Oh, Plekanec, okay. I thought you meant Jagr.” (from the Washington Post) Journalism professors discourage you from using “quote leads” but being that I’m writing this in my underwear, I think that I’ve broken most…

  14. Buffalo wins 2-1, Habs-Caps goes to OT

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    In the second night of the playoffs, we already have our first overtime game. Both the Capitals and Canadiens scored a single goal in the third period, with Nicklas Backstrom scoring first for Washington and Scott Gomez tying things up 2-2. Jaroslav Halak has been massive for Montreal, stopping 39 out of 41 shots in…

  15. Scott Gomez ties Caps-Habs 2-2

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

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    Wow, what a goal by Scott Gomez. The Alaskan forward streaked through a Capital or two going through the neutral zone, then the Montreal Canadiens made a great tic-tac-toe passing play to set up Gomez for the goal. The Capitals were mesmerized by the outstanding puck movement as Gomez slipped past Mike Green for a tap-in. I’m…

  16. Nicklas Backstrom gives Caps 2-1 lead

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Perhaps I should save all judgments for after games so I don’t jinx people … as much. It didn’t take long for the Washington Capitals to take a third period lead as Nicklas Backstrom slammed home a lose puck to give them a 2-1 lead. Both of the home teams lead 2-1 early in the third…

  17. Ryan Miller, goalies stealing the show so far

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

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    Last night, upsets were the story. Tonight – so far at least – it seems like the first two games will be about great goaltending. Tomas Plekanec was talking some serious smack about the Montreal Canadiens’ superior goalies and so far, Jaroslav Halak is living up to the forward’s boastful words. Halak has 26 saves…

  18. Craig Rivet makes it 2-1 Buffalo

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    In the playoffs, every point shot can make fans’ blood pressure go up. After all, as hot as a goalie can be, you cannot stop a puck you can’t see right? Craig Rivet boomed a slapper past Boston’s Tuukka Rask, scoring a goal that the Finnish netminder had very little hope of stopping. Random, useless…

  19. Mark Recchi ties Buffalo vs. Boston 1-1

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Every goal seems so unique and special for the Boston Bruins that you might as well just call them snowflakes (although Alaskans have approximately 5 million names for snow, apparently). The seemingly indestructible Mark Recchi scored a powerplay goal thanks to a big rebound allowed by USA Olympic Hero Ryan Miller. Some Bruins fans were…

  20. Capitals tie game 1-1

    Apr 15, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

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    Jaroslav Halak was looking awfully sharp, keeping Montreal in a game despite the team being outplayed. Joe Corvo scored what almost seemed like an inevitable goal from the point as Halak was screened by Jason Chimera. There’s a chance that it might have been deflected, but from the looks of things I believe it was…

  21. Cammalleri gives Habs 1-0 lead

    Apr 15, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Michael Cammalleri took advantage of a bad crosschecking penalty by Nicklas Backstrom with a nice powerplay goal. Tom Poti coughed up the puck in his own zone and the Habs made some amazing passes to set up the tally on the man advantage. The Capitals are now on the powerplay, so that lead could end…

  22. Vanek gives Buffalo early lead 1-0, Was-MTL scoreless

    Apr 15, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Thomas Vanek has been hot to end the season and he kept that streak going with a nice goal early in the first period for the Buffalo Sabres. Derek Roy set him up in the slot as the Sabres cashed in on a nice opportunity. Buffalo is looking pretty good so far and this game…

  23. Expect regular updates of tonight's games

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Just a quick note: while I cannot guarantee that every goal will be updated, that’s my goal. For tonight, at least. The NHL’s slate of three games (with only two in conflicting time slots, provided an epic overtime doesn’t take place) allows Pro Hockey Talk to keep an eye on each game. So, if you’re stuck…

  24. Can the Capitals dodge the neutral zone trap?

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Going into tonight’s Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals contest, my basic question has been “How – in the world – do people expect the Canadiens to stick with the Capitals?” Mike Chen of From the Rink might turn that question on its head, though, as he discussed what it takes to break through a neutral zone trap. Last…

  25. Steven Stamkos tops Canadian 2010 WC roster

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

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    A few moments ago, I discussed the 12 players that Team USA named for the upcoming 2010 IIHF World Championships. Not to be outdone, Team Canada  TSN’s Darren Dreger discussed the roster Mark Messier put together, with names including Rocket Richard Trophy co-winner Steven Stamkos. Apparently the team “has as many as 15 confirmed players.” Dreger…

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