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  1. Live Chat tonight for Habs-Caps Game 7

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    Much like yesterday’s Red Wings-Coyotes game, PHT is going to run a live chat of tonight’s Canadiens-Capitals Game 7. The game itself starts at 7:00 pm ET, but we’ll get the discussion rolling at 6:45 pm ET. Will the Washington Capitals solve Jaroslav Halak at home after his amazing Game 6 performance? Can the Caps go…

  2. A decade of NHL Draft debates

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

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    Dani Toth brought up an interesting “What if?” question today. She asked if the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted the right man when they chose Steven Stamkos instead of Drew Doughty. Depending on how you look at it, it’s a grizzly bear of a question: do you go with the electric goal scorer or the Norris-nominated defenseman?…

  3. The odds of a #8 beating a #1 in NHL playoffs

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:25 PM EST

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    (Dikembe Mutombo knows upsets.) One of my biggest criticisms of the NBA is that the league is too predictable. Sure, there’s the occasional Golden State Warriors shocking the Dallas Mavericks/Dikembe Mutombo joyously celebrating an upset of the Seattle Supersonics, but really the big dogs almost always win. That’s one of the great things about the…

  4. Looking at the Coyotes' on-ice future

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

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    Obviously, the biggest off-season questions for the Phoenix Coyotes center around “who will be their owner?” and “where will they play this year and beyond?” Still, if coach Dave Tippett and the scrappy bunch showed us anything, it’s that the ownership issues aren’t the only story when it comes to this team. It’s difficult (dare I…

  5. How the Ovechkin-Caps fared in Game 7's

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EST

    It’s kind of stunning to think that every single Alex Ovechkin Era Washington Capitals playoff series went to a Game 7. Whether it was a marquee matchup with Pittsburgh or seemingly mundane clashes with the Rangers and Canadiens, the Caps have been pushed to the brink each and every time. Oddly enough, each series also…

  6. Blackhawks kick Predators out of playoffs

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:45 PM EST

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    If anyone deserved to score a goal for the Chicago Blackhawks, it was John Madden. His empty netter was his first goal (and point) of a series despite the fact that he played some great hockey. Chicago Blackhawks 5, Nashville Predators 3 Blackhawks win series 4-2 Both the Eastern and Western Conferences will wait for…

  7. Blackhawks take 4-3 lead into third period

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:50 PM EST

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    After a wild first period, a score-less second period might come back to haunt the Chicago Blackhawks a lot like the Nashville Predators’ disastrous 5 minute man-advantage did in Game 5. The Blackhawks failed to score on 10 minutes of powerplay time in the second period, including a double minor. While Nashville needs to work on staying…

  8. Video: Jaroslav Halak's brilliant performance

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:35 PM EST

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    Jaroslav Halak dominated Game 6 with a sterling 53-save performance, only allowing one goal. Here’s some of his night’s best work from

  9. Jaroslav Halak drags Habs-Caps to Game 7

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:20 PM EST

    He might not have been able to keep his shutout going, but my guess is a lot of people know the name Jaroslav Halak right now. The Slovakian-born goalie put together a sensational 53-save effort, at one point making a glove save with enough flair that I jokingly called him “Roy-aslav Halak.” As I wondered…

  10. Boston Bruins send Buffalo Sabres packing

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    The Boston Bruins advanced to the second round of the playoffs in the same way that they got to the playoffs: by grinding out wins with timely scoring and strong goaltending by Tuukka Rask. Boston Bruins 4, Buffalo Sabres 3 Bruins win series 4-2 Miroslav Satan rose above all the hackneyed (though every-now-and-then clever) devil…

  11. Recchi defies age, Halak stands on his head

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:49 PM EST

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    Mark Recchi defies age. His hockey skills should be bottled by Oil of Olay to preserve a lady’s face against wrinkles. With one goal and one assist through the second period of Game 6, Recchi (41) joins 24-year-old Patrice Bergeron as the Boston Bruins’ leading scorer at 5 points in six games. Recchi isn’t merely…

  12. Another 7-game series in the making for Caps?

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:07 PM EST

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    Are the Washington Capitals headed for yet another 7-game series? It’s one of those dim-witted but interesting stats: they’ve never made it easy – either for themselves or for their opponents – in the Alex Ovechkin Era. In their first run in the playoffs, they lost a Game 7 at home against the Philadelphia Flyers…

  13. Peeking at LA Kings' salary cap future

    Apr 26, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    It’s natural to say “the Los Angeles Kings will be back next year and are a team of the future” as a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel statement following their tough Game 6 loss. In fact, that was more or less my message last night. That being said, the team is reaching a crucial fork in the road; they…

  14. Vancouver Canucks knock LA Kings out of playoffs

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:03 AM EST

    The Los Angeles Kings came to play in Game 6. Unfortunately for the young bunch, so did Roberto Luongo – and eventually – so did Daniel Sedin. Vancouver Canucks 4, Los Angeles Kings 2 Canucks win series 4-2 After out-shooting the Canucks 26-11 going into the third period, the Kings lost a little steam and…

  15. Kings dominate, only lead 2-1 past two periods

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:51 PM EST

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    When a football player has a case of “Fumblitis,” a coach will often make him carry a pigskin around all week to signify how important it is to avoid turnovers. Perhaps the Vancouver Canucks should consider doing the same with Roberto Luongo and his stick? For the second time tonight the all-world goalie allowed a…

  16. Joe weighs in on Marian Hossa hit controversy

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

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    PHT contributor Joe Yerdon had a lengthy post reacting to Colin Campbell’s decision not to suspend Marian Hossa. Here’s an excerpt from a blistering (but clear-headed) piece of criticism from his personal blog, Gross Misconduct Hockey. The glaring lack of consistency as well as the underlying message that’s delivered when first-time offenders get the proverbial slap…

  17. Alex Frolov, LA Kings up 1-0 after 1st

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

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    There are at least two series that just need to go seven games. Hockey fans (though probably not Detroit Red Wings fans) got their wish when Phoenix dominated Detroit to send it to a penultimate finale. It’s unclear if that will happen between Vancouver and Los Angeles, but so far so good for the Kings. Alexander…

  18. NBC Video: Discussing Sharks, Pens advancing

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    Last night included three big comebacks from Chicago, Pittsburgh and San Jose but only the last two clubs advanced to the second round. The NBC Crew discussed the Sharks and Penguins today. First, here’s some thoughts on the Sharks getting one of … what, four monkeys off their backs?   Next, talk about the Pittsburgh…

  19. NBC Video: An interview with Jovocop

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

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  20. Kings-Canucks Game 6 link-o-rama

    Apr 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

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    Tonight is a pretty big game even if it’s not a Game 7. The Kings-Canucks series gets a rare “marquee” status, not going head-to-head against any other game at night. I won’t get to do this very often, but here’s a little link roundup for tonight’s clash in Los Angeles. Every player has its ups…

  21. NBC Video: Sounds of the game, Star Cams

    Apr 25, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

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    NBC has gadgets that would make Batman jealous (OK that’s an exaggeration … maybe we don’t have batarangs or a batmobile, but we have a lot of cool microphones and cameras and whatnot). First, check out the highlights picked up on those microphones: Sounds of the Game.   Next, let’s take a look at the…

  22. NBC Video: Game highlights, Yandle interview

    Apr 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

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    First, video of all of the goals from the Phoenix-Detroit game.   And, for your viewing pleasure, a Keith Yandle interview. So many candle puns, so little time.  

  23. Poll: Should Marian Hossa have been suspended?

    Apr 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

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    Colin Campbell decided not to suspend Marian Hossa for his hit on Dan Hamhuis, as Brandon discussed in that previous post. Here’s video of the Marian Hossa hit, for your own perusal:     So, obviously, Hossa won’t face a suspension but should he have faced one? Let us know in the poll below. Should Marian Hossa have…

  24. Sharks bounce Avs with help from Pavelski

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:35 AM EST

    For at least one round, the San Jose Sharks can take a break from all the choking jokes. Then they’ll start over again in Round 2, because god forbid someone think of new punchlines. San Jose Sharks 5, Colorado Avalanche 2 Sharks win series 4-2 It’s been a night full of spirited comebacks. First, Chicago…

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