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  1. Pittsburgh leads Montreal 2-1 after first period

    May 6, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Going into Game 4 with a myriad of off-ice distractions, the Canadiens got the jump they were looking for as Tom Pyatt got Montreal on the board first 2:34 into the game. The lead wouldn’t last long and it wouldn’t come without controversy as Maxim Talbot scored about a minute later with a little help…

  2. Jordan Staal in the lineup for Pittsburgh

    May 6, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    According to Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun and everyone else in Montreal for tonight’s Game 4 between the Penguins and Canadiens, Jordan Staal is in the lineup for the Penguins and is taking the spot of Mike Rupp who was scratched. We reported earlier today that Staal was hopeful to get in the lineup…

  3. Sergei Kostitsyn on the outs with Montreal

    May 6, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

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    The last thing any team wants to have in the playoffs is a distraction. The problem the Montreal Canadiens face is that they’ve got a distraction on their team and that distraction also has a brother that plays on the same team.  Such is the case with Sergei Kostitsyn and his brother Andrei. It started…

  4. Pucktales: Conspiracy madness

    May 6, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

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    What is it about the 2010 NHL Playoffs that has unleashed the inner conspiracy theorist amongst some of the fan bases in the league? In the first round, a lot was heard coming from Vancouver about how the Art by: Deven “Gray” Hoover of Couch TartsStory by: Joe Yerdon

  5. NHL 2010 playoffs – Sharks beat Wings take Game 1 4-3

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

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    It was exactly the kind of start that the San Jose Sharks were looking for to start the Western Conference semifinals. Scoring three goals in the first period in a 1:19 span helped get the Sharks in front 3-0, a lead they would hold all game long in beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in…

  6. NHL 2010 playoffs – Round 2: Sharks lead 3-2 after two

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

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    After two periods in San Jose, the Red Wings have fought back a bit to make things a bit more interesting for the Sharks as they now hold just a 3-2 lead. The Wings would get a goal back at 4:45 of the second from the mostly quiet Johan Franzen. For Franzen it’s just his…

  7. Patrick Marleau late scratch for Game 1 (update)

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Sharks forward Patrick Marleau was a late scratch for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings. Marleau did skate in warm-ups with the team but did not suit up for the game itself and is listed as having an undisclosed injury. We’ll update with more as it becomes known to…

  8. NHL 2010 playoffs – Round 2: Sharks lead 3-1 after one

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Thought you’d get a night to take it easy from playoff game night updates, eh? Wrong bucko, round two starts tonight and after a wild first period, the Sharks lead the Red Wings 3-1. If you’ve been buying into the same old lines about the Sharks and how certain guys don’t show up, then you’ll…

  9. Jiri Hudler set to return to NHL next year

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

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    As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to start their second round series against the San Jose Sharks, they’re getting word tonight that they’ll be getting a big boost to their lineup next season from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Petr Svoboda, the agent for Jiri Hudler, is expected to announce today that his client…

  10. Pucktales: Everyone into the pool

    Apr 29, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

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    When you live the life as a player with a questionable reputation or whether you’ve developed one in the playoffs, like Maxim Lapierre of the Montreal Canadiens has, the art of diving and embellishing is truly something to behold. A handful of players have rightfully (or wrongfully) been slapped with the label of “diver” at…

  11. Lindy Ruff retained for one more year

    Apr 29, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

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    One of the off-season coaching questions that came up after the Buffalo Sabres were eliminated from the playoffs was whether or not there would be any fallout from a semi-surprising failure by the third seeded Buffalo Sabres. Head coach Lindy Ruff has been with the team since the 1997-1998 season and some fans are getting…

  12. Laich helps stranded motorist, becomes folk hero

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    What would you do if you were a member of a team that just lost an excruciating Game 7 in the playoffs? Going home to a dark room and brood quietly listening to emo music might be something, say, Mike Green would do. But what if you were a fine Canadian boy named Brooks Laich?…

  13. Pearson award to be named after Ted Lindsay

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Courtesy of Alan Maki of the Globe & Mail in Toronto, we find out that one of the NHL’s awards is going to get a change done to it for the better. The Lester B. Pearson award for the league most valuable player as voted on by the players will now be known as the…

  14. Goals of the night: Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Stuart

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    It seems crazy that Brad Stuart would join Pavel Datsyuk in the same post about scoring the goal of the night but it’s the playoffs and sometimes these things happen, it just doesn’t usually happen that both of these guys would score breakaway goals.  First up, Pavel Datsyuk shows why he’s the master of the…

  15. Save of the night: Ilya Bryzgalov

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    While he was more than busy enough stopping 44 shots on the night in a losing effort, it wasn’t without looking spectacular and even a bit fortunate at times as well, like on his stop of Dan Cleary in the second period. Ilya Bryzgalov was the last of this year’s Vezina trophy finalists left in…

  16. Wings hate storybooks, beat Coyotes and win series

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    If you thought things might get turned around after a demoralizing end to the second period for the Coyotes… Then you were still caught up in the storybook storyline potential that this Detroit-Phoenix series had. Instead, reality set in and the Wings took out the Coyotes in Game 7 of their opening round series 6-1.…

  17. Game 7 update: End of 2 – Wings lead Yotes 4-1

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    For as much as the first period was a feeling out process with the Red Wings pouring shots on goal against Coyotes netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, the second period showed that the Red Wings were not about to stop what they were doing unleashing a beastly attack to take a 4-1 lead after two periods. For…

  18. Game 7 update: Wings-Coyotes tied 0-0

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Call it a “feeling out” period if you will as the Red Wings and Coyotes with their playoff lives on the line play a tight, mostly mistake-free first period that ends with the score knotted at 0-0.  Each team got a crack on the power play but each team was, obviously, denied a goal. Meanwhile,…

  19. Players: Lidstrom best shut-down defenseman

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Whether he helps his team win tonight’s Game 7 against Phoenix or not is still yet to be decided, but when Sports Illustrated asked the NHL players who they thought was the top “shut down” defenseman in the league was, Nicklas Lidstrom was their top choice. By carrying 25% of the vote amongst 272 players…

  20. Western Conference second round scheduling fun

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    According to Cancuks general manager Mike Gillis, the Western Conference semifinals between Chicago and Vancouver is slated to begin on Saturday night. What makes this development a big deal is that it gives Vancouver five days off between games and the Blackhawks will have four, both amounts of time aren’t exactly in line for how…

  21. So who should coach the Devils?

    Apr 27, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, Brandon posted about how there’s some seemingly logical scuttlebutt about how Ken Hitchcock makes sense as the successor to Jacques Lemaire in New Jersey as head coach. The comparisons are easy to make as Hitchcock’s defense-oriented system mimics that of what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in New Jersey the last 15 years…

  22. Flyers' Laperriere out for remainder of playoffs

    Apr 27, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    To provide a further update to what we reported earlier about Ian Laperriere’s status, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated the situation via media conference call. “I think this is significant. They saw a little spot there initially and I think they were hoping, like we all were, that it would dissipate a little bit,…

  23. Time to trade Martin Brodeur?

    Apr 23, 2010, 2:40 AM EDT

    Losing in the first round of the playoffs has become an all too common occurrence for the New Jersey Devils the last few seasons. Sure, they make the playoffs and have a great amount of success in the regular season, but bowing out in the first round has been a reality for the Devils the…

  24. Sens beat Pens in triple OT, Sharks shutout Avs

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:11 AM EDT

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    It was the game that wouldn’t end. It just went on and on my friend. Good, now that I’ve got that in your head for the foreseeable future (you’re welcome, by the way) we can tell you that the game-winning goal in the Game 5 tilt between Ottawa and Pittsburgh was scored by someone that…

  25. Laperriere received 60-70 stitches

    Apr 23, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    Earlier tonight we reported to you that Ian Laperriere left tonight’s Flyers-Devils Game 5 after blocking a shot with his face. The puck hit him in the eyebrow and it was reported that he had to get between 60 and 70 stitches to close up the gash. To call Ian Laperriere a tough guy is…

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