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  1. NBC Video: Star Cam highlights

    Mar 7, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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  2. Savard suffers concussion from hit by Cooke

    Mar 7, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    It’s already been a long, injury-ravaged season for Marc Savard and things just got a lot worse. He left the ice on a stretcher and suffered a concussion because of a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke in this afternoon’s game between the Bruins and the Penguins. Here’s a (somewhat low quality) video of the…

  3. Tonight's games: Mickey Mouse organizations

    Mar 7, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

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    After some robust NBC Game of the Week coverage (thanks for stopping by for the live chat, by the way), let’s take a look at the games that have yet to start. If you kids are good, I might even put together a recap of today’s early games. Now get your feet off the couch!…

  4. Red-hot Stamkos hits 40 goals

    Mar 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Seen Stamkos? You probably have if you’ve been looking at a list of the league’s goal scoring leaders lately. Only two nobodies named Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (seriously dudes, get an agent) have scored more goals this season than Steven Stamkos, who potted two goals against Atlanta to reach the 40-goal mark last night. This…

  5. Ladd hat trick makes it DET 5, CHI 4

    Mar 7, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

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    Did Ryan Kesler indirectly light Andrew Ladd’s fire? Ladd scored a great goal to make this a one goal game. There’s currently 2 minutes left and this game keeps getting better.

  6. Ladd gets second goal, Detroit up 5-3

    Mar 7, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    It’s still a considerable lead for Detroit, but Chicago got back in the game thanks to Andrew Ladd’s second goal of the game. Kris Versteeg forced a turnover, Kim Johnsson made a nice pass and Ladd cashed in on the one-timer. Since goaltending is a theme of this game, I’d say that there wasn’t much…

  7. Ugly afternoon for Huet ends, Detroit up 4-2

    Mar 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Oh my, this is not looking good. Cristobal Huet allowed another ugly goal, over-committing badly in the direction of Henrik Zetteberg who somehow got a pass through to Jason Williams for the Red Wings’ third goal of the period. As this post was updated, Todd Bertuzzi made a nice play to set up Valtteri Filppula…

  8. Detroit scores two quick ones, game tied 2-2

    Mar 7, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

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    Well, the Cristobal Huet questions have been more than justified. He allowed two soft goals in succession in the early second period against Detroit. The first goal came on a rare 4 on 3 PP, with the Red Wings moving the puck from down low to Nicklas Lidstrom who quickly sent a nice pass to…

  9. John Madden shaken up

    Mar 7, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

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    We don’t have much as far as details at this moment, but John Madden was reportedly shaken up at the end of the first period. There might be an update on this later during this game itself. If not, we’ll try to keep you updated as more information is available. Madden’s defensive skills, skating ability…

  10. Chicago takes early 1-0 lead

    Mar 7, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    Eddie O looked good in pumping up Duncan “Norris” Keith’s game because he just scored the first goal of the game. Brent Seabrook took a shot that lead to a big rebound and Keith simply slapped it past Jimmy Howard. Could be a long day at the ice office for the redheaded goalie.

  11. Expected lineups for Chicago and Detroit

    Mar 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    We’re getting close to game time between the Red Wings and the Blackhawks. While line combinations, starting goalies and healthy scratches are wildly subject to change, these are the best guesses from a variety of sources. Here’s a few notes to consider first, though. Cristobal Huet is expected to start the game and while Adam…

  12. What they're saying about DET-CHI

    Mar 7, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    There is an unfamiliar wind of flattery blowing through today’s intriguing matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s unclear if there are Phil Jacksonian mind games involved in Mike Babcock’s comments that the ‘Hawks are “the best team in hockey.” On one hand, he might be right since Chicago’s ridiculously good.…

  13. Tonight's games: They can't all be gems

    Mar 6, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Not to be ungrateful, NHL, because you are giving fans 8 games tonight but … wow. There isn’t one game that jumps out at me as a barn burner. Really, I hate to say it, but the barn is frozen. Anyway, let’s take a look at tonight’s weak sauce slate of games. Usually, I’ll choose…

  14. Behind Detroit's dual decade dynasty

    Mar 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    There are plenty of ways to build a great sports dynasty. Some teams simply buy the best talent with their impossibly deep pockets; others luck out by losing their way to a host of No. 1 draft picks or absurdly one-sided trades. But few teams have done it just about every way imaginable like the Detroit Red Wings, a…

  15. Chat with PHT during DET-CHI tomorrow

    Mar 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    We’re getting really revved up for tomorrow’s Game of the Week between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks (12:30 PM ET live on NBC!). Along with some great posts sure to be chock full of information, analysis and tomfoolery, there will also be a live chat with Cover it Live during the game.…

  16. Quick hits: Crosby takes scoring lead

    Mar 6, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    I couldn’t help but snicker at people who were pulling a Chicken Little act with Alex Ovechkin’s supposed “slump” but the Russian superstar might have some added motivation to start filling the net again. Sidney Crosby just scored his second goal of the game to give the Penguins a 5-3 lead early in the third…

  17. Derek Boogaard could face suspension

    Mar 6, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard, one of the league’s most feared enforcers, might end up getting suspended by the league for a knee-to-knee hit on the Edmonton Oilers’ most recent waiver claim Ryan Jones. Boogaard is often referred to as “The Boogey Man” because his last name begs for the pun and … well, he’s really scary. Despite…

  18. The redemption of Tim Connolly

    Mar 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    People want to believe that they can control most of things that happen in their lives, but let’s face it, there are times when it all comes down to luck. Few hockey players can relate to that sentiment quite as much as oft-injured Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly. The slickly skilled center scored a thrilling…

  19. Tuukka Rask day-to-day with knee injury

    Mar 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    For the time being, struggling Vezina winner Tim Thomas will end his long national bench warming nightmare. Constant typo threat Tuukka Rask (it might be worth the cost of a plane ticket to Boston just to hear his name pronounced in those parts) started the last seven games before going down with a knee injury.…

  20. A preview of this afternoon's games

    Mar 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    More studious hockey fans probably aren’t bothered by this, but on occasion, I will be taken off guard by an early Saturday afternoon game. Well, this happened more often in my uncouth college years, but that’s another discussion for another time.  Let’s take a look at today’s two afternoon games (tonight’s games will be previewed…

  21. Save of the Night: Michael Leighton

    Mar 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    While he didn’t manage to get the win for the Flyers, Michael Leighton played a very solid game (stopping 32 out of 35 shots) to help Philadelphia gain a standings point in a 3-2 OT loss to Buffalo. This save just happened to be the best one of the night.

  22. Shea Weber suffers injury against Detroit

    Mar 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Nashville Predators defenseman (and guy who earned my eternal respect by shooting a puck through a net during the Olympics) Shea Weber is dealing with an injury that he re-aggravated in a loss against the Detroit Red Wings last night. The Nashville Tennessean reports that Weber probably hurt his “left hand or arm” during the first period of Friday’s game.…

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