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  1. Quinnipac wins longest game in college hockey history

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    I wonder if, somewhere, Mud Brunetau and Keith Primeau are smiling. Quinnipac beat Union 3-2 in a fifth overtime period, making the nearly six hour contest the longest game in college hockey history. Greg Holt of the Bobcats scored with 10:22 remaining in the fifth overtime to give Quinnipiac the win in the ECAC best-of-three quarterfinal series. At…

  2. Today's afternoon games

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Much like last week, I like to give sleepy eyed (possibly hungover even?) hockey fans fair warning that the league often sneaks in a few early games. Hate to admit it, but there was a point in my college days when I might have gotten out of bed in the middle of the Panthers-Sharks game.…

  3. Shoulder surgery will end Weight's season

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Hockey Night in Canada’s Jeff Marek reports that Doug Weight will miss the rest of the season because of shoulder surgery. One has to wonder how much Weight has left in the tank. The American-born playmaker is 39-years-old and is scoring on less than a point-every-two-games pace. His scouting report shows that he already missed more than 25…

  4. Taking off the foil: Chiefs set to relocate

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Some might call it life imitating art, but news of the Slapshot-milking Johnstown Chiefs’ probable relocation to South Carolina cannot be that sad, right?  The people of Johnstown voted to name the team after the popular movie in 1988 and so the club spent an impressive 22 years of minor league hockey in the small town. (thanks to…

  5. Rink to Rink: Reviewing Friday's games

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Let’s look back at Friday night’s games, starting with the marquee match of Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey. Devils 3, Penguins 1 New Jersey continues to dominate the defending Stanley Cup champions this season. Ilya Kovalchuk was “struggling” with eight points in first 10 games as a Devil, but last night he made his presence felt with…

  6. Three highlights that justify flinching

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Like I wrote in the hits post, last night’s best video highlights were all a bit strange. To counter the “blooper reel” nature of the hits, let’s take a look at one goal and two saves that are examples of flinching gone right. First, we have New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist bailing his team…

  7. Hits of the night: Two for the blooper reel

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Most of tonight’s highlights were seemingly of the “blooper” variety. Usually it’s best to highlight feats of unparalleled athleticism, but sometimes it’s simply more appropriate to focus on odd moments. For the most entertaining hits of the night, I felt the need to choose two. First up, we have proof that despite being one of…

  8. Expect a Chicago cap crisis this summer

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    In my mind, the Chicago Blackhawks mortgaged a considerable amount of their future when they added Marian Hossa last off-season. Last March I wondered aloud how they’d squeeze their terrific trio of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith under the cap even before they added the gifted bridesmaid. Well, it seems like the team will retain…

  9. Odd bounces: Ryan Miller is a semi-star

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Every once in a while, we’ll come across stories that are just too strange to pass up. Sometimes we’ll get a tip from an e-mail; sometimes will stumble across something bizarre on a hockey site. Either way, this might not be the most “pertinent” information but it certainly will be strange, funny or a bit…

  10. Ice Edge group insists they can afford Coyotes

    Mar 12, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Calling the Phoenix Coyotes ownership scenario “messy” is about as much of an understatement as it would be to call their inspiring playoff run unexpected. The saga has seen all kinds of twists and turns, from the mess that was the Jim Ballsillie court case to the odd lawsuits between the NHL and Jerry Moyes all the way…

  11. NHL will not suspend ref-shoving Carcillo

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Perhaps professional knucklehead Daniel Carcillo was pouting earlier this week when fellow pest Matt Cooke was marinating in negative attention. Carcillo received a game misconduct for shoving referee Greg Devorski (something Brandon discussed earlier) but TSN reports that the sour forward will not receive a suspension. CSN printed this e-mail sent by Colin Campbell. “I have…

  12. Tonight's games: Uphill battles

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Although most of tonight’s games are pretty interesting, Pittsburgh-New Jersey is far and away the biggest one. Let’s took at that battle of the Atlantic as well as the five other matches on the schedule. Pittsburgh Penguins (40-22-5, 85 pts) at New Jersey Devils (39-23-3, 81 pts) 7:00 PM ET If you want to get…

  13. Could the Caps capitalize on cap space this summer?

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

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    After perusing the Washington Capitals’ future salary cap commitments, one thing jumped out at me: GM George McPhee holds nearly as much power in deciding Alex Ovechkin’s legacy as Alex does himself. Quite simply, many people judge great players by how many championships they’ve won. It’s not fair, but it happens often (just ask Charles Barkley…

  14. Tonight's games: Fight through the headaches

    Mar 11, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s schedule is loaded with 10 games, so I’ll spare you a breathless introduction. Today’s Best Ottawa Senators (37-25-5, 79 pts) at Calgary Flames (33-24-9, 75 pts) 9:30 PM ET Even though most of their players were able to rest, the Senators probably would’ve loved to keep their pre-Olympics streak going. They’ve been 1-2-1 since…

  15. Jonathan Quick skips trip for child's birth

    Mar 11, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will probably miss tomorrow’s game against the Dallas Stars due to “the birth of his child.” Word is that he will also be day-to-day with a nagging lack of sleep. This is one of the rare times when I can’t say “rub some dirt on it” when a player…

  16. Cooke draws ire from all directions, even own team

    Mar 11, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Matt Cooke is the hockey equivalent of a college friend who destroyed someone’s apartment during a weekend binge; sure, he’s supposed to be your friend/teammate but that doesn’t mean you can justify his regrettable actions. Mark Spector wrote this story, which echoes news that Bill Guerin made some critical comments of his fellow Penguin. “Here’s…

  17. Paul Kariya: under the radar underachiever

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Plenty of hockey players take a beating from the media and fans when they fail to live up to a huge contract. Players such as Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Wade Redden – and even guys who weren’t signed by Glen Sather – tend to get the lion share of the lampooning. Yet it seems players like…

  18. Prepare your old jokes: Chelios returns tonight

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    This just in: Chris Chelios is old.  No, but really, it’s official: Chelios will put an Atlanta Thrashers jersey on his old yet far-from-brittle bones and play in an NHL game at the (what’s the opposite of tender? Burnt, maybe?) age of 48. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares this amusing tidbit: “Eight Thrashers were not born when Chelios…

  19. Trotz keeps beating the odds with 400th win

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    For my money, Barry Trotz is the most underrated coach in the NHL. He reached his 400th career coaching win – all with the scrappy little Nashville Predators – in a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday. The win seems fitting on a few levels. First, obviously, is the low scoring and defensively…

  20. Injury reports: Guerin back, Chara 'game time decision'

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at some of the injury report news from around the NHL. Zdeno Chara is a game-time decision for tonight’s match up against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Boston Globe reports that the tree-sized* defenseman has been dealing with soreness in his “lower body.” (I wish I could be that vague when I call in…

  21. Odd bounces: Senate candidate lifts Blue Jackets logo

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Every once in a while, we’ll come across stories that are just too strange to pass up. Sometimes we’ll get a tip from an e-mail; sometimes will stumble across something bizarre on a hockey site. Either way, this might not be the most “pertinent” information but it certainly will be strange. Oregon senatorial candidate Marc Delphine will…

  22. 'Fire Sather' rally falls flat

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Although fans aren’t always particularly “eloquent” about their distaste, most express their disapproval by doing nothing worse than booing (or maybe mockingly chanting a goalies name, preferably in two syllables). Every once in a while, though, a fan base will start to turn on a team’s management. Often times these displays seem to echo political…

  23. Cat nip for stat nerds

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Scott Cullen of TSN posted some of his award picks and some interesting stats through the first three quarters of the NHL season today. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in season totals, milestones and league leaders for the “big” stats that we forget about the bruisers and scrappers. Using Cullen’s list as my guide, here…

  24. Tonight's games: Test your might

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s slate of games look extremely promising – on paper, at least. There are two great games in the Western Conference, one bitter rivalry match and a few gut check opportunities to boot. Let’s take a look at Wednesday’s offerings, including the standout duo. Today’s Best Los Angeles Kings (39-22-4, 82 pts) at Chicago Blackhawks…

  25. Kyle Wellwood: One of my hefty heroes

    Mar 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    For most people, the Marc Savard concussion/Matt Cooke non-suspension is the story of the week. I have to admit, though, that Kyle Wellwood’s blubbery embrace is the kind of trailblazing moment that deserves more discussion. The Vancouver Sun spoke to Wellwood, who admitted that he probably plays a little better when there’s more of him to love. I would…

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