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  1. LA Kings clinch first playoff berth since '02

    Apr 4, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    It’s official: the Los Angeles Kings will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Chicago Blackhawks – a team they may end up facing in the first round – actually clinched it for them by beating the Calgary Flames 4-1 today. So any fears that the Kings’ media staff jinxed them…

  2. Chicago Blackhawks clinch Central division title

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    My guess is that Blackhawk fans were cheering about more than just a free Egg McMuffin this afternoon. Thanks to Detroit’s loss, Chicago is now officially the 2009-10 Central division champions. The Blackhawks’ official site features some really interesting tidbits that highlight the fact that a) this is one of the best seasons the team ever…

  3. Pavel Dastyuk cuts Flyers lead to 4-3

    Apr 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    This game is not exactly going into any goalie handbooks, that’s for sure. The Red Wings moved the puck around from Henrik Zetterberg to Jason Williams and finally to Pavel Datsyuk who scored a soft goal on Brian Boucher to continue the game’s trend of early period goals. The game is now a 4-3 lead…

  4. Beautiful puck movement makes it 4-2 Philly

    Apr 4, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Earlier today I raved about three goals that featured great puck movement, so it’s nice to see an example of that in the Game of the Week. Ville Leino sent the puck to Kimmo Timonen who immediately moved it to Aaron Asham, who scored his 10th goal of the season to make it 4-2 Philadelphia.…

  5. Osgood allows another early goal, Flyers up 3-2

    Apr 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I said that Chris Osgood doesn’t wake up until the playoffs, but now it seems like he doesn’t wake up in the beginning of a period either. He allowed a quick first period goal to Dan Carcillo and then gave up one in the first minute of the second period to boot. A puck was…

  6. Red Wings score quick goals, Game tied 2-2

    Apr 4, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Flyers left Brian Boucher out to dry and Dan Cleary cashed in on a rebound to get the Red Wings back in the game. It’s now 2-1 Flyers thanks to what Joe called a “grimy” goal. Personally, I’d like to ask every team that plays an NBC Game of the Week to play…

  7. Kimmo Timonen puts the Flyers up 2-0

    Apr 4, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Eddie O pointed out that Todd Bertuzzi made an unwise risk that allowed the Flyers to have a big odd-man rush in which Ian Laperriere was able to feed the puck to Kimmo Timonen for an easy goal. The Flyers now have an early 2-0 lead in a game that they clearly need more than…

  8. Carcillo scores on first shot of game, Philly leads 1-0

    Apr 4, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Flyers already have a lead against Detroit at 1-0. Normally, I call Daniel Carcillo “CarcilLOL” because he’s kind of a goober. This time, the recently suspended ruffian elicited a laugh out loud by scoring on Chris Osgood seemingly in the blink of an eye. Could it have been a simple matter of rust for…

  9. What they're saying about DET-PHI

    Apr 4, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    The blogs and newspapers are buzzing with activity over the Flyers and Red Wings today. Let’s take a look at what each side is saying about a match that should have some serious playoff implications for both teams. What Detroit blogs and papers are saying Ansar Khan of the Detroit Free Press shares that the Red…

  10. Jeff Carter headlines DET-PHI injury report

    Apr 4, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    We’ve spoken a ton about how goaltending is one of the main stories for the Red Wings and Flyers, but perhaps injuries are the real bullet point to look at. After all, Detroit is mysteriously on fire now that the team is mostly healthy while Philadelphia is in disarray because of some crucial missing pieces.…

  11. Chris Osgood, Brian Boucher expected to start

    Apr 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Forgive some hockey fans if they feel a little nostalgic about this afternoon’s goalie matchup between Brian “Don’t call me Bobby” Boucher and Chris Osgood. Boucher’s first tenure with the Flyers came from 99-02 while Osgood is a longtime Red Wing himself (despite bouncing around to the Islanders and Blues as well). Both goalies are…

  12. Saves of the Night: The Moose stays loose

    Apr 4, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    If you’re a Penguins fan like myself, you cannot help but have a rather large soft spot for Johan “The Moose” Hedberg. He came out of nowhere (OK, actually, from Manitoba) to play great in net for Pittsburgh during Mario Lemieux’s magical out-of-retirement run and will drink for free eternally in the bar that exists…

  13. Goals of the Night: Orchestral puck movement

    Apr 4, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Simply put, I’m a sucker for great puck movement. After all, I did name a blog Cycle like the Sedins for goodness sakes. Tonight’s games featured three fantastic examples of smart passing and – to be honest – I couldn’t decide between them. (Carlo Colaiacovo scored a splendid backhand goal too. You should check that one out as well.)…

  14. Source of frustration master post

    Apr 3, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    We’re going to try to represent all 30 NHL teams with this “Source of Frustration” series, so it’s understandable if you miss a few here and there. There’s some fantastic writing in these posts, though, and we want to give you every opportunity to read them all. For that reason, this post will house links to…

  15. Pavol Demitra frustrates Canucks fans

    Apr 3, 2010, 10:30 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 also provided my guess as to whom that player may be. First, here is my guess…

  16. Red Wings, Flyers save money with goalies

    Apr 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    One thing that dawned on me recently is that the going rate for a starting goalie seems to be around $5 million. It doesn’t even have to be a good one, either. For every Martin Brodeur ($5.2 million) there’s a hit-or-miss Tim Thomas ($5 million) or an even worse Cristobal Huet ($5.6 million). It’s often…

  17. Handicapping Avs, Flames race for 8th place

    Apr 3, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty obvious that barring another crazy occurrence, the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche are in a two-horse race for the Western Conference’s eighth seed. The two teams are going in completely different directions right now, with the Flames on a three game winning streak while the Avs are on a four game skid. On the bright…

  18. Seidenberg leaves game with nasty cut on wrist

    Apr 3, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Dennis Seidenberg left Boston’s game against Toronto after suffering a serious cut on his wrist. No word on his condition just yet, but we’ll keep an eye on the situation as it develops. Seidenberg earned my admiration (and the nickname “Pain Sponge” which now has some tragic irony) for leading the league in blocked shots as well as…

  19. Teemu Selanne breaks Finland's goal scoring record

    Apr 3, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Teemu Selanne passed his idol Jari Kurri to become Finland’s all-time leading NHL goal scorer last night. The Finnish Flash potted career goals number 602 and 603 against the Canucks in a losing effort. Selanne and Kurri developed a friendship over the years, even playing together for a brief period of time with the Ducks in…

  20. Predators clinch playoff spot by beating Red Wings

    Apr 3, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

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    The Nashville Predators proved that they are hotter than the Detroit Red Wings in the simplest way possible: by beating them. The Predators won the game 16 seconds into overtime thanks to a Ryan Suter goal, besting their divisional tormentors 4-3. The Predators guaranteed themselves a playoff berth with the win. Of course, it would…

  21. Penguins break Thrashers' hearts in OT

    Apr 3, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers lost a precious point in a painful way today, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime thanks to a Jordan Leopold goal. The Thrashers had the lead three times in the game but relinquished it that many times, allowing the Penguins’ third goal with a little bit more than a minute…

  22. Pat Burns should make the Hall of Fame alive

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Really, there are more depressing things in life than a person being elected to a Hall of Fame posthumously. All I need to do is write “Haiti” or “Chile” or “Katrina.” Still, a person worthy of honor shouldn’t hear the news in the afterlife. That’s just way too big of a bummer for what should…

  23. Brian Burke's dirty hits solution: Hug it out

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Brian Burke is a quirky man with quirky (but sometimes brilliant) ideas. This much was made clear in an idea Burke brought up to Darren Dreger of TSN: could “bear hugs” be the solution to the league’s problems with unsafe hits? In other words, should the league fix its open ice hit problems by taking a…

  24. Colby Armstrong receives 2-game suspension

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    The NHL handed Colby Armstrong a two game suspension for last night’s ugly hit on Mathieu Perrault of the Washington Capitals, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Brandon had a great write-up of the hit earlier this morning, so I’ll defer to his take. Despite Perreault turning up ice, Armstrong certainly came at him from a straight-ahead direction.…

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