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  1. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Fun with numbers

    May 22, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

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    We’ve had some nice coverage of today’s upcoming Flyers-Canadiens tilt. Here’s the game preview and a story about the so-far-huge effect of home ice advantage on the series. To give you a little more information going into the game, I thought I’d throw some math at you. Some are simple but some are a little…

  2. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 3: Thornton, Ladd get physical

    May 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    During the annual summer Joe Thornton bashing bloc party, one of the common critiques unleashed on the giant playmaker is that he plays soft for his size. Particularly, they say, during the playoffs. Here are a couple videos showing that he – along with his enemy in these cases, Andrew Ladd – is far from…

  3. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 3: Video of Bolland, Byfuglien's big goals

    May 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    Some might forget that – justifiably lost in the Sharks’ heartbreaking Game 3 defeating – Patrick Marleau was nearly a hero by scoring the teams’ two goals. The reason many will forget that is simple: the Blackhawks won the game in overtime and took a deflating 3-0 series lead. Two of the biggest factors in…

  4. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Both teams enjoy big home ice advantage

    May 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

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    In Philadelphia, they have those heart-clogging cheesesteaks, the vague yet ever-present threat of batteries/vandalism and the undeniable “spirit” of potential hooliganism. Meanwhile, Montreal provides poutine, an outrageously raucous crowd, the ghosts* of Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden and Jean Beliveau alongside their well-known tendency to riot after games. Both crowds are prone to chant “Ole!” although one…

  5. 2010 IIHF World Championships: Live stream for Russia-Germany, Czechs stun Swedes

    May 22, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

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    On one side, you have the angry and loaded Alex Ovechkin-fueled Russian team looking to make amends for a year full of disappointment (both during international play and in the NHL playoffs). Facing them is an upstart German squad that will certainly gain a home ice advantage from playing in the host country (more on…

  6. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4 preview: Did Montreal regain its swagger?

    May 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens, Game 4 (preview) Flyers lead series 2-1 Live on NBC at 3PM ET Let there be no doubt which team needed to win Game 3 more in this Flyers-Canadiens series. Shots on goal advantages may not always tell the story – after all, Montreal went into that game 0-8 when…

  7. The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, May 20

    May 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    We won’t be able to do a nightcap for every game night, but with things ending reasonably early I figured why not? Here’s a collection of today’s PHT material between yours truly and Brandon Worley. Kurtis Foster’s infant daughter passes away – Best wishes go out to Foster and his family. Sharks facing reality: Blackhawks are…

  8. Canadiens ground Flyers 5-1 in Game 3

    May 20, 2010, 10:20 PM EST

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    Through the first three games of at least one series, we’re finally seeing a match where home ice advantage seems to really matter. Unless, of course, it’s a coincidence. Whether it’s home cooking or just increased urgency, the Montreal Canadiens flipped the script in just about every way against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3.…

  9. League announces NHL Green initiative

    May 20, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    Despite the fact that all but one game (the Winter Classic, of course) is played indoors in a typical season, hockey’s roots remain as an outdoor sport. It’s where Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky first laced up their skates, not to mention hordes of others. If Al Gore’s worst nightmare comes true and global warming…

  10. Habs lead grows to 3-0 after two periods

    May 20, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

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    The Montreal Canadiens weren’t able to cash in on the 5-on-3 going into the second period, but they still bolstered their lead to 3-0 in the middle frame. Dominic Moore, brother of Bertuzzi victim Steve, scored a nice goal thanks to a pass from Tom Pyatt to give them even more insurance. You can’t really…

  11. Edmonton Oilers new arena decision could come soon

    May 20, 2010, 8:35 PM EST

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    On the ice, the Edmonton Oilers are looking to bounce back from what was by far the worst season of any NHL team in 09-10 by building up their team with prospects. Much like the once-floundering Pittsburgh Penguins’ struggles with the relatively ancient Mellon Arena, perhaps that influx of potential stars will help Oilers owner…

  12. Habs finally beat Leighton, twice; MTL up 2-0

    May 20, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

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    After shutting out Montreal in two straight games, Michael Leighon already allowed two goals in the first period. Still, while Canadiens fans provide a token “Leigh-ton” cheer, it might be Chris Pronger who deserves the mockery. The hulking defenseman is already -2 in the game, although the first goal resulted mainly by a crazy bounce…

  13. The downside to playing hurt

    May 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

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    When a star hockey player is struggling, it’s not crazy to wonder “Is he hurt? Is he injured?” Some might respond with a token “that’s just an excuse” but in the realm of hockey, playing injured isn’t just common. It’s practically expected. So whenever you can get a little perspective on what it must be…

  14. The PHT Nightcap – Wednesday, May 19

    May 19, 2010, 11:45 PM EST

    For most of the playoffs it’s been difficult to do a PHT Nightcap. Simply put, the games tend to end so late that we’re usually in full-on zombie mode. That is irksome, though, because there’s a ton of content in every day. With no games on tonight’s docket, I was able to put this collection…

  15. Florida Panthers use airlines as model for ticket pricing

    May 19, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    The Florida Panthers are planning on basing ticket prices for the 2010-11 season off of the model used by airplane companies, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. The goal would be to get fans to buy tickets earlier so they can avoid escalating prices that result from a highly anticipated game. Here’s what team…

  16. Henrik Sedin named Player of the Year by The Sporting News

    May 19, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    The Sporting News named Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin its NHL Player of the Year. According to the story, Sedin received 108 first-place votes, besting Alex Ovechkin’s 86 and Sidney Crosby’s 72. Judging from Craig Custance’s write-up on Sedin victory, it seems that Henrik’s success without his twin brother Daniel (18 points on 10 goals and…

  17. Brian Burke speaks out against homophobia in honor of son

    May 19, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    A few months ago, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s son Brendan died in a car crash just months after courageously admitting that he was gay. To honor his son’s life, Burke is planning on marching in the Toronto Pride Parade and spoke out against homophobia during a keynote address for a Web site designed to make…

  18. Boston Bruins could benefit from keeping Tim Thomas

    May 19, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

    When asked about waiving his no-trade clause, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said it was “too early” to make such a decision. While I think that the Boston Bruins would be wise to move the former Vezina Trophy winner at some point in the next couple years, it might actually be too early for them to…

  19. Marco Sturm to miss 6 months after knee surgery

    May 19, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    Earlier today, I shared reports that Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is expected to miss six months after surgery. It appears that Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm is in a very similar situation, as he should be out about the same time – about six months – after yesterday’s surgery to repair his right knee. Here’s the…

  20. Edmonton Oilers prospects point to better future

    May 19, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

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    The Edmonton Oilers had a disastrous 2009-10 season, there’s really no other way to slice it. If they decide to release a team video, they might as well call it “What Murphy’s Law Looks Like.” You can’t blame their fans for feeling optimistic about the future, though. For one thing, their prospects have flourished in…

  21. Andrei Markov out until early next season after ACL surgery

    May 19, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

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    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov will miss about six months after having successful surgery on his torn ACL earlier today. The team expects him to be out until early next season, according to an report. Markov was injured early in Game 1 of the Canadiens’ second-round series against Pittsburgh on April 30 and has not…

  22. What they're saying about Montreal-Philly

    May 18, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    Earlier I shared some of the things Chicago and San Jose bloggers/newspapers were discussing about their Game 2. Before we go over what’s being said about Montreal-Philadelphia, here’s some of the bases covered by PHT. Peter Laviolette revitalizes his career with Flyers.Gionta claims Habs aren’t far off.Flyers fans deface Montreal reporter’s car.Danny Briere’s under-the-radar hot streak.Jeff Carter…

  23. Third potential Phoenix Coyotes ownership group surfaces

    May 18, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

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    The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the Phoenix Coyotes may, in fact, have a third suitor. Unfortunately, the possible owner/ownership group is anonymous at this time. The story notes that, in order for this potential owner to make the situation work, there would need to be some compromise. The NHL previously said it wanted to have…

  24. What they're saying about Chicago-San Jose

    May 18, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

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    Let’s take a look at what bloggers and newspapers are writing about tonight’s Game 2 between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. Stay tuned for the Montreal-Philadelphia version later this afternoon/early evening. What San Jose bloggers and newspapers are saying Mr. Plank of Fear the Fin addresses some of the Sharks’ top line scoring issues.…

  25. Peter Laviolette revitalizes career with Flyers

    May 18, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    Last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins were floundering to the point that it looked like the eventual Stanley Cup champions wouldn’t even make the playoffs. Finally, out of desperation, the team decided to fire coach Michel Therrien in favor of minor league success Dan Bylsma. The rest is now a part of burrito-powered history. Could it…

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