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  1. 2010 NHL playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 2 predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Another round, another set of darts. This time, we’re taking a look at Round 2 of the 2010 NHL Playoffs (also known as the Conference Semifinals, if you’re a stickler for details). I think the question is: which team will torment us with their upset special this round? Next up, the Eastern Conference. Click here…

  2. 2010 NHL playoffs: Western Conference Round 2 predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Another round, another set of darts. This time, we’re taking a look at Round 2 of the 2010 NHL Playoffs (also known as the Conference Semifinals, if you’re a stickler for details). I think the question is: which team will torment us with their upset special this round? Since the East got first dibs last round,…

  3. Examining PHT Staff first round predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Like a puck-based American political system, we believe in checks and balances at Pro Hockey Talk. With that spirit in mind, I think it’s prudent to judge our first round predictions before moving on to Round 2. (Here’s a link for our Western Conference and Eastern Conference predictions, if you’re interested.) To do so, I…

  4. Hart Trophy candidates: Crosby, Ovechkin, H. Sedin

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin are the three Hart Trophy candidates according to NHL Live. Around the end of the regular season, we profiled the leading candidates in our “Case for … ” series. Take a look at spirited arguments for each one (with an extra player thrown in). The Case for Henrik…

  5. Jaroslav Halak, Montreal shocks Washington in Game 7

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    This is one of those games (and series) where you look for someone to blame. Was it as simple as “The Capitals couldn’t solve Jaroslav Halak?” Maybe you point to their “lack of experience” or question their intestinal fortitude? To be honest, I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that the world-beating Washington Capitals…

  6. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Second Round TV Schedule

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:15 PM EST

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    Simply put, here’s the TV schedule for the semifinals. Feel free to share this with buddies/bookmark it for your social planning purposes. CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE EASTERN CONFERENCE Date Time (ET) #4 Pittsburgh vs. #8 Montreal Network Friday, April 30 7:00 p.m. Montreal at Pittsburgh CBC, RDS, VERSUS** Sunday, May 2 2:00 p.m. Montreal at Pittsburgh…

  7. Canadiens-Capitals Game 7 Live Chat

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

    Nothing beats a Game 7 … except maybe overtime in a Game 7. Tonight’s Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals game brings plenty of expectations and energy, so we thought we’d give you a place to share your thoughts while we do the same. The chat is up and running right now, but if you want a little…

  8. Canadiens nurse 1-0 lead through 2nd period

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:37 PM EST

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    The Washington Capitals are 20 minutes away from an unceremonious end to what was supposed to be their greatest season ever. As usual, Washington is out-shooting Montreal, this time 24-11 through two periods. Despite all those shots, it seems like the Canadiens are willing to go that extra mile with conservative defense and plenty of…

  9. 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…

  10. 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?…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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