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  1. Flyers end Rangers' season via shootout

    Apr 11, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Let me say this: there could not be a funnier (or more fitting) way for the New York Rangers’ season to end than with Olli Jokinen failing. Jokinen is a symbol of all that is wrong with the team. Sure, I actually liked the idea of Glen Sather trading for Jokinen for a simple reason:…

  2. Crosby pulls ahead in Richard race

    Apr 11, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Just a quick update: Sidney Crosby scored a beautiful breakaway goal – his second of the game – to take the goal scoring lead over Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos. That makes it number 51 for the league’s golden boy, placing him in front of his two net filling colleagues. Crosby will finish ahead of his…

  3. NBC Video: Bruins-Caps highlights

    Apr 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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  4. Bruins blank Ovechkin, beat Capitals 4-3 in SO

    Apr 11, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The story of this game was supposed to be about Alex Ovechkin’s race for the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies. After all, the two teams had nothing to play for; win or lose the Capitals would remain the East’s top seed and the Bruins are still in the sixth spot. Yet, instead of being…

  5. Jody Shelley(!) gives Rangers 1-0 lead

    Apr 11, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    As the Comcast Sportsnet announcers pointed out, Jody Shelley went 62 games without a goal but now has a goal in two consecutive games. Oh, and those goals are coming in absolutely the most important contests the Rangers have played in the 2009-10 season. He has three points in his last five games, accounting for…

  6. We'll keep an eye on Rangers-Flyers too

    Apr 11, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Expect a recap of our surprisingly great NBC Game of the Week between the Capitals and Bruins, but no doubt about it, the about-to-start Rangers-Flyers game is enormous. The game is about to begin on NHL Network. Simply put, this is a one game playoff series. Stay tuned for updates.

  7. NBC Game of the Week Live Chat

    Apr 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Apologies for the nearly late start folks, we’ve been having some technical difficulties. Before we chat you up, let’s take a look at the past week’s Bruins and/or Capitals related material from PHT. What the newspapers and blogs are sayingInjury ReportWhat’s at stake todayCapitals try to keep up intensity as playoffs nearTuukka Rask carrying Bruins…

  8. Marco Sturm ties game 3-3

    Apr 11, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

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    Marco Sturm will probably end up being the Bruins’ leading goal scorer. He tied the game up 3-3 with a very nice one-timer past Semyon Varlamov. It looks like we’re going to have another photo finish in a year full of heart-stopping Game of the Week finishes. These teams sure are playing like they have…

  9. Knuble gives Caps 3-2 lead

    Apr 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    After a period (not a span of time but an actual second period) of inactivity, the Washington Capitals took the lead thanks to a nice deflection by Mike Knuble. The team won the faceoff cleanly, Mike Green sent a shot from the point and Knuble deflected the puck past Tim Thomas. I think Thomas has…

  10. Two quick goals make it 2-2

    Apr 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    First, Michael Ryder scored his second goal of the afternoon on the powerplay. It didn’t take long for the Capitals to tie it up, though. Eric Belanger (one of the team’s many solid but unheralded role players) swiftly put a goal past Tim Thomas. This could be yet another high scoring game.

  11. Michael Ryder ties it 1-1

    Apr 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Well, that didn’t take very long. Just like that, Milan Lucic made a nice pass from behind the net to set up a Michael Ryder goal. This makes it 1-1 early in the first period. Stay tuned for more scoring updates and hop into the Game of the Week chat, why don’t you?

  12. Semin gives Caps 1-0 lead, Thomas throws punches

    Apr 11, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Another Game of the Week, another early soft goal by a beleaguered goalie. This time it was Alex Semin scoring his 40th goal of the season on Tim Thomas. The real highlight was Thomas going into rage-out mode by fighting with Jason Chimera. There are few things that I (or most hockey fans) treasure quite…

  13. What they're saying about WAS-BOS

    Apr 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    (This photo is just too good not to post again. Click on it.  You won’t regret it. Did Evander Kane become an honorary Boston Bruin with this punch?) Let’s take a look at what the Washington and Boston papers/blogs are saying about the two teams. Boston bloggers/papers are saying: NBC Sports’ own Kevin Paul Dupont…

  14. Injury Report: Some healthy players might sit

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Today might be a bit misleading from an “injuries” standpoint since there might be players who are held out of the game because both teams already clinched their position in the playoffs. The Capitals already guaranteed themselves the number one seed in the East while Montreal’s loss yesterday assured Boston’s place as the number six seed (although it…

  15. Goals of the Night: Daniel Sedin's hat trick

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Brandon mentioned Daniel Sedin’s incredible goal last night, but it would be a sin to not actually physically have it on the site. At first, I thought that I’d just put Daniel’s incredible third goal up and call it a night. So here is that between-the-legs moment of genius.   It came to my attention…

  16. Boston Bruins clinch playoffs, break SHG record

    Apr 10, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Give the Boston Bruins credit. They clinched a playoff berth with their spirited 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, salvaging a season that almost seemed to test the limits of Murphy’s Law. I guess it makes sense, then, that the team won on the strength of breaking an odd record. Stanley Cup of Chowder notes that…

  17. Brian Burke's folly: The Toronto Maple Leafs

    Apr 10, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    James Mirtle wrote a nice piece on the Toronto Maple Leafs, spotlighting the five biggest mistakes that Brian Burke has made in his 500+ days as the team’s general manager. Let me be honest, though – there’s plenty of other mistakes to choose from. The biggest error was trading those crucial draft picks (a first and…

  18. Playoff Update: What can be decided tonight

    Apr 10, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at today’s playoff clinching/seeding opportunities. NHL.com provided the rundown. Western Conference 1. If the San Jose Sharks lose in regulation tonight, the Blackhawks would clinch the West’s #1 seed. Eastern Conference The New Jersey Devils would clinch the Atlantic division with a win over the New York Islanders and a Penguins’ regulation…

  19. Columbus Blue Jackets' source of frustration

    Apr 10, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    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 the…

  20. 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.

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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