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  1. NHL Network's top 5 games of 09-10

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    NHL Network has been putting together some end-of-the-year lists this week and while we might not agree with every choice, they still provide plenty of hockey video fun. This one features their top 5 games of the year.

  2. Saves of the Night: Lundqvist and Boucher

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Friday night featured a huge Philadelphia Flyers – New York Rangers game in which both goalies showed up to work. The first Save of the Night was made by beleaguered Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. Sure, he had to make this save because of a big mistake, but sometimes you just have to sit back and admire…

  3. Torn ACL ends Alex Kovalev's year

    Apr 10, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the Ottawa Senators (although some who consider him particularly frustrating might sarcastically say it’s good news): Alex Kovalev will not return for the playoffs after tearing his ACL. The news comes from the Habs Inside/Out Twitter feed. Kovalev has – for better and often for worse – delivered as advertised this season. He…

  4. Poll: Who should win the Calder Trophy?

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    We’re taking a look at the big individual trophy debates this week, with glances at the Hart, Norris and Calder races in particular. But don’t just take our many words for it. We want to know what you think as well. Who do you think should win the Calder Trophy? First, here is each “The…

  5. Report: Matt Duchene 'will be fine'

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Colorado Avalanche fans can breathe a sigh of relief because their rookie of the year candidate Matt Duchene “will be fine” after an injury scare, at least according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post. Note: Dater’s post shows up in my Google Reader feed but the link is dead. Because of that, I’ll keep my eyes…

  6. Saying goodbye to Keith Tkachuk

    Apr 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Mike Modano wasn’t the only player who left fans ferklempt this week as Keith Tkachuk – another American born great – decided to hang up his skates for good at the end of this season. Thankfully, the St. Louis Blues made it clear just how much the power forward meant to the team and their…

  7. Tyler Myers' Calder Trophy argument

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    As we near the end of the season, we’re going to take a look at who we think should be three finalists for the Hart, Norris and Calder Trophies, making arguments for each. Next is the Calder trophy, the NHL’s award for the Rookie of the Year. First up: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. Why…

  8. Quick hits: Jeff Carter might be back tonight

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s a quick roundup of news regarding injuries and goalies around the NHL. Quick too young for so many starts? Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times writes that perhaps Jonathan Quick’s lack of experience/youth might explain why he’s beginning to fall apart amid a heavy workload. On some level, it seems strange to ask…

  9. My insane (but awesome) shootout solution

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Look, the shootout was an absolutely adorable little confection coming out of the lockout. It was a cutesy way for the league to avoid the dreaded “kissing sister” effect* while also giving fans a final jolt of excitement at the end of the games – certainly a worthwhile endeavor considering the oozing wounds left behind by…

  10. Capitals don't need to name a No.1 goalie

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau won’t name a No. 1 starter between Jose Theodore and Semyon Varlamov before the playoffs and he might not name one in general, writes Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. And I, for one, think that is a perfectly reasonable plan. It would be one thing if one goalie was staggeringly…

  11. Alexei Ponikarovsky suspended 2 games

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    The good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins is that Alexei Ponikarovsky will be available for the beginning of the playoffs. The bad news is that the Ukrainian winger has been suspended for two games because of his hit on New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey. has the news. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been…

  12. Shootout-happy season benefits Coyotes most

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Even though there’s still some hockey to be played, the 2009-10 season already broke the league’s record for most shootouts in a single campaign. has some interesting (and, for the competitive balance of the game, disturbing) numbers about the charity point generators. The 2009-10 season has seen a record 289 games that needed to go past…

  13. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin top list of young scorers

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Last night Sidney Crosby joined about as elite company as it gets, becoming the third youngest player in NHL history to hit 500 points behind two nobodies named Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. The only players younger than Crosby (22 years, 244 days) to hit the 500-point mark faster were Wayne Gretzky (21 years, 52 days) and…

  14. Nicklas Lidstrom should not retire this year

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Nicklas Lidstrom isn’t going to think about retirement – one way or the other – until the playoffs are over, according to a story written by Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Lidstrom, 39, is in the last year of his contract. Although general manager Ken Holland and Mike Babcock have made it clear they want…

  15. Poll: Who should win the Hart Trophy?

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    We’re taking a look at the big individual trophy debates this week, with glances at the Hart, Norris and Calder races in particular. But don’t just take our many words for it. We want to know what you think as well. Who do you think should win the Hart Trophy? First, here is each “The…

  16. Ponikarovsky hit on Bailey: Suspension-worthy?

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Alexei Ponikarovsky received plenty of hype during a star-starved trade deadline this year, but he’s been just mediocre-to-OK for the Penguins so far with 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 points in 17 games. The Ukrainian forward might have to wait a while to improve on those point totals, though, because the league might need…

  17. Who is the most frustrating Florida Panther?

    Apr 8, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, I decided to throw my guess in the hat, too. First, here is my guess for Florida.…

  18. Tonight's playoff scenarios

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    It seems like playoff scenarios are changing on a day-to-day basis this week since there’s such little separation between certain teams. Every point seems precious. (Or, useless, if you’re the home-ice clinching Washington Capitals or a member of the growing legion of teams waiting to go on vacation.) We’ll try to keep you up-to-date with…

  19. Should Pronger, Richards play good cop-bad cop?

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    It always amuses me when writers come up with a cockamamie excuse to explain a team’s struggles. The Philadelphia Flyers, in particular, have dealt with strange (but sometimes one must wonder, truthful) rumors about infidelity and in-fighting in their locker room. Perhaps more down-to-earth excuses like “shabby goaltending” and “talent just a few strides behind…

  20. Ice Edge might back out of Coyotes bidding

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Ice Edge Holdings has been quick to puff out its chest when trying to prove their ability to afford the Phoenix Coyotes, but a recent setback might have them backing out altogether. Ice Edge CEO Daryl Jones explained to the Vancouver Sun why the group might pull out of the negotiations. “The city may leave us no…

  21. Mark Recchi: Approaching Chelios territory?

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mark Recchi is eternal. Mark Recchi wants to enter Chris Chelios Territory. Seriously, the guy just won’t retire. He defiantly takes off his helmet to reveal his time dishonored hairline. He remains a respectably productive point producer as his drop from 61 points last season to 42 this year probably has as much to do…

  22. Jamie Langenbrunner 'mystery' solved

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Jamie Langenbrunner speculation can finally come to an end. He wasn’t abducted by aliens. There is no secret pregnant girlfriend. Elvis did not leave or enter the building. Instead, Langenbrunner was oddly silent for the simplest reason: he was angry that Jacques Lemaire decided to sit him out for Saturday’s game against the Carolina…

  23. Quick hits: Fat jokes and old foes

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Here’s a few quicks to supplement your hockey knowledge for the day. New Jersey high school hockey teams finally finish game that was 21 years in the making Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy shares this great story of two New Jersey-area high school hockey teams who finally “played” a game that was originally intended to be finished…

  24. Pat Burns checks into hospital

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    I’ve said my piece about allowing Pat Burns into the Hall of Fame early (at least, if voters deem him worthy in the first place) because it always seems extra-tragic when someone is inducted posthumously. I don’t think I’m the only person who was hoping that such a thought would not come to the forefront…

  25. Penguins to play last regular season game at Igloo

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Since the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth quite some time ago, it’s clear that tonight’s game won’t be the last meaningful hockey game ever played in crusty old Mellon Arena. Still, it’s obvious that the Igloo’s days are numbered. Tonight’s game against the New York Islanders marks the final regular season the Penguins will…

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