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  1. Capitals to announce Nicklas Backstrom contract Monday

    May 16, 2010, 9:20 PM EST

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    If the Associated Press report is correct, the Washington Capitals plan on announcing the signing of stud Swede center Nicklas Backstrom to a new contract on Monday. Before he won the Conn Smythe trophy last season, Evgeni Malkin’s “under-the-radar” brilliance frustrated a lot of hockey people (and there still are some who remain frustrated that…

  2. Philly chases Halak, builds lead to 4-0

    May 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Once again, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves dismantled in a Game 1. The Philadelphia Flyers bombarded the Habs with a three goal outburst in the second period, chasing Jaroslav Halak in the process. The score is 4-0 in favor of Philadelphia going into the third. Versus threw up some interesting stats for this game. Apparently…

  3. NBC Video: Hawks-Sharks Game 1 star cam, sounds

    May 16, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    First, Chicago’s Star Cam highlights:   Next, San Jose’s Star Cam highlights:   Finally, here’s the best Sounds of the Game.  

  4. Flyers take 1-0 lead in first period

    May 16, 2010, 8:05 PM EST

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    In the beginning of the first period, this was looking like another typical Montreal Canadiens playoff game. Jaroslav Halak was under siege worse than Steven Segal at certain points, yet the Philadelphia Flyers only managed one powerplay goal from Braydon Coburn. The big difference is that the Canadiens are showing a little more punch, even…

  5. Lindsay Lohan starts bar fight with Rangers Sean Avery, Aaron Voros

    May 16, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    The New York Post reports that movie star-turned-belligerent-fiend Lindsay Lohan allegedly started a booze-chucking argument with Sean Avery and Aaron Voros of the New York Rangers.  For once, it seems like Avery wasn’t the one causing the trouble. Here’s the blurb. The troubled starlet threw a drink over Voros’ model girlfriend, Jessica Stam, and then…

  6. Examining PHT Staff second round predictions

    May 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    We don’t take ourselves too seriously here at Pro Hockey Talk. Ultimately, we want to bing you a nice mixture of puck-based news and entertainment. One of the more torturous practices involves making fearful predictions for a sport that is about as predictable as a David Lynch film. To the chagrin of us three, we must…

  7. Hockey players and their missing teeth

    May 15, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    What do you picture in your head when you think of a typical hockey player? Most people would probably imagine a Canadian guy with a mullet, helmet, skates and a stick. Maybe a crooked nose from all the fights and high-sticks. And when that hockey player smiles, he must be missing teeth, right? It’s one…

  8. Did a lack of character doom the Bruins?

    May 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa regularly produces great work and his post about Boston’s profound meltdown is a fantastic read. At times it’s a little brutal, but so is reality. Here are some of the most interesting tidbits from his column. Aside from his overtime winner in Game 1, it was a forgettable series for…

  9. Hal Gill: Flyers are 'easy to hate'

    May 15, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

    Hal Gill is a big man who can apparently talk a big game. There might be some fans and suits who are disappointed that the Eastern Conference finals lacks a dream match on the Pittsburgh-Washington scale, but if Gill’s candid words are any indication, the series should be a lot of fun. Here’s what he…

  10. Conference finals highlight rise of European goaltending

    May 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    One of the lingering lessons of the Olympics (for me, anyway) was how far European/non-North American goaltending has come in the last four years. Just look at the great tournament Jonas Hiller had for the Swiss national team. That trend is definitely continuing in the NHL playoffs as three of the four conference finalists feature…

  11. Team USA blasts Kazakhstan 10-0

    May 15, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

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    Team USA finally scored some goals after some serious offensive impotency through its previous games. They shellacked Kazakhstan 10-0 this afternoon in their first game in the regulation round. PHT’s Joe Yerdon did a nice job of explaining USA Hockey’s predicament for the Hockey Worlds blog. While being sent to the relegation round is embarrassing enough, as…

  12. Cup victory will bust long slump for one finalist

    May 15, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

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    This year’s Cup winner will raise the Cup with a sense of triumph just like any other, but the franchise itself might utter a sigh of relief when they’re not screaming their lungs out. The reason is simple: regardless of who wins, someone will end up busting a serious Stanley Cup slump. For the last…

  13. Pucktales: Sami Salo's off-season 'plans'

    May 13, 2010, 8:15 PM EST

    Art by: Deven “Gray” Hoover from Couch Tarts Joke by: James O’Brien

  14. Both Conference finals series to start on Sunday

    May 13, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

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    Sunday, May 16 looks to be a great day for hockey fans. Both the Western and Eastern Conference finals will begin on then, with the Blackhawks-Sharks tilt appearing on NBC at 3 PM ET. Here’s the news from the NHL. The National Hockey League today announced that the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final,…

  15. Sharks organization sports deep Blackhawks roots

    May 13, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

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    When the Chicago Blackhawks organization to travels to San Jose to open the Western Conference finals, forgive them if they feel like they’re looking into a mirror (although maybe on the other end, the faces are a little bit tanner). You can see Chicago’s fingerprints all over the Sharks organization. Need evidence? Let’s take a…

  16. Disgraced former coach Graham James spotted in Mexico

    May 13, 2010, 6:50 PM EST

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    CBC News and The Globe and Mail reporters found pardoned sex offender and former junior hockey coach Graham James living in Mexico. The stomach-turning story is captured here by Greg McArthur. With dozens of hungry patrons jostling for position at the El Super taco stand, and nuns weaving between double-parked cars, the retired hockey coach carrying…

  17. Sidney Crosby passes on 2010 IIHF WC Team Canada invite

    May 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    To little surprise, Sidney Crosby turned down an invitation to play for Team Canada in the 2010 IIHF World Championships. Here’s the Associated Press story. Crosby, who played in all but one of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 95 games this season, including playoffs, turned down the invitation on Thursday after being asked to replace the injured…

  18. Willie Mitchell criticizes Colin Campbell's 'relationships'

    May 13, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Willie Mitchell finally spoke to the media today after being out of action since January 16 because of concussion issues caused by an Evgeni Malkin hit. The rugged defenseman spoke out against NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, particularly the effects his “relationships” have on some of his decision making. The Vancouver Province has the story. “I know Colin…

  19. Jared Staal joins brother Eric in Carolina thanks to trade

    May 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    Instead of sibling rivalry, perhaps the Carolina Hurricanes will be known for sibling revelry. The team traded for Jared Staal, the youngest brother of the team’s best player Eric Staal. Here’s a little bit more from NHL.com. The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Jared Staal, the youngest brother of Hurricanes captain Eric Staal in a trade…

  20. Poll: Re-assessing Jaroslav Halak's value

    May 13, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

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    About six days ago, I couldn’t help but wonder what Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak might be worth. Even then, he was the No. 1 reason the team made it so far. Another thing I couldn’t help but do was ask the general hockey public to share their thoughts on his value. Here’s the poll results.…

  21. Should the Penguins trade Evgeni Malkin?

    May 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    It’s been a couple years since someone brought up the idea of the Penguins trading Evgeni Malkin. On some level, it’s kind of refreshing. Like hearing an old friend make the same terrible joke he used to make when you were still in high school. This time, John Grigg of The Hockey News brings the concept…

  22. Video: Crosby 'stunned' by loss

    May 13, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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  23. Sidney Crosby, Penguins fall short against Canadiens 5-2

    May 12, 2010, 10:15 PM EST

    The Montreal Canadiens have become experts at “stealing” victories thanks to conservative defense, great goaltending and timely offense. Tonight, however, the Pittsburgh Penguins practically dropped victory in their laps. Montreal Canadiens 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 Canadiens win series 4-3 Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury set the tone for the game … the only problem was…

  24. NBC to carry Blackhawks-Sharks on Sunday, May 16 at 3PM ET

    May 12, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    NBC will cover Game 1 of the San Jose Sharks-Chicago Blackhawks Western Conference finals matchup in San Jose on Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. ET. This should be a fantastic series as both teams are loaded with offensive and defensive talent. Personally, I can’t wait to see how this one pans out since both clubs bring…

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