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  1. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Blackhawks sweep Sharks, headed to Stanley Cup finals

    May 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks 4, San Jose Sharks 2 Blackhawks win series 4-0 This moment has been a very long time coming for the Chicago Blackhawks and their boisterous, enthusiastic fans. Before 2008, the Blackhawks had not won a playoff series since 1996 and had missed the playoffs altogether nine times between 1997 and 2008. Even in…

  2. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Hawks win series with 4-2 win

    May 23, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

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    The San Jose Sharks managed to finally get their first two-goal lead of the series, but failed to hang on as the Chicago Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals to win the game and sweep the Conference finals, 4-0. The Sharks played about as well as could be hoped, yet were unable to respond with the…

  3. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Live Game Chat

    May 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The chat today will kick off around 2:45 p.m. EDT. In the meantime, here’s some quality reading for you’re enjoyment. Be on the lookout for a claim that I am a San Jose Sharks homer. That’s a good one. O Pavelski, where art thou? This year, Antti Niemi is the difference Game 4: Chicago breaks…

  4. Video: Toronto reviews Chicago Blackhawks goal

    May 23, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Todd McLellan was intensely angry over this call, when Toronto overturned a non-goal call on the ice. Video review showed that the puck went through Evgeni Nabokov’s pads and completely over the goal line before being swept away by Douglas Murray of the Sharks. You decide: good call or not? I don’t see how it…

  5. Texas Stars have better attendance than Hamilton Bulldogs

    May 23, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Last season, the Dallas Stars operated without an AHL affiliate while waiting a year for their new, local affiliate to get up and running. The Texas Stars, based out of Austin, kicked off their inaugural season in September, 2009 and instantly became a hit with the locals. What’s that? Yes, you read that right; AHL…

  6. Canadiens claim skate issues of their own

    May 23, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    The Montreal Canadiens are denying any sort of sabotage, although I doubt anyone actually thought that the team itself had something to do with the ‘sand’ that was on the rubber mats outside the Flyers locker room. Furthermore, coach Jacques Martin claims his team had their own issues. From Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out: “Both…

  7. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: O Pavelski, where art thou?

    May 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks, Game 4 3:00 p.m. EDT, May 23, 2010 Live on NBC Blackhawks lead series 3-0 To be fair, this entire San Jose Sharks team has been immensely frustrated by the Blackhawks. They’ve scored just five goals in three games despite putting 118 shots on net between all three losses.…

  8. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: This year, Antti Niemi is the difference

    May 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks, Game 4 3:00 p.m. EDT, May 23, 2010 Live on NBC Blackhawks lead series 3-0 Heading into the playoffs, there were a number of players that you could expect to step up and be the difference maker for the Chicago Blackhawks. Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp; even Marian…

  9. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Chicago breaks out the harpoon

    May 23, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    “I’m pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some bathers. But, as you see, it’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time.” “Back home we got a taxidermy man. He gonna have a heart…

  10. NHL Playoffs, Flyers v. Canadiens: Flyers get through mysterious skate issues

    May 22, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    Thankfully the Philadelphia Flyers won this game. If they had not, then the uproar  would be incredible and there’s no telling what the ramifications might be. The Flyers were forced to continuously deal skate-sharpening issues during the game today against the Canadiens, as it was reported that some sort of sand-like substance was wreaking havoc…

  11. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks v. Sharks, Game 3: Niemi, not choke job, spells doom for Sharks

    May 22, 2010, 12:45 AM EDT

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    Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3, Final (OT) Chicago Blackhawks 3, San Jose Sharks 2 Blackhawks lead series 3-0 The San Jose Sharks had their collective hearts broken tonight. Friday night was easily the best they’ve performed against the Chicago Blackhawks in this series, blasting 46 shots on goal and controlling play for most of the…

  12. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks v. Sharks, Game 3: We're headed to OT

    May 21, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3, End of Regulation Chicago Blackhawks 2, San Jose Sharks 2 Blackhawks lead series 2-0 Towards the end of the third period it looked as thought the San Jose Sharks would fail, once again, to take advantage of every chance they earned and walk away with yet another painful loss to…

  13. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks v. Sharks, Game 3: Sharks strike first, Hawks tie it up

    May 21, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3, 2nd Intermission Chicago Blackhawks 1, San Jose Sharks 1 Blackhawks lead series 2-0 The San Jose Sharks have been able to score on Antti Niemi so far this series, but they have yet to truly exert their offensive force on the Blackhawks. While we always expected great defensive play from…

  14. NHL Playoffs, Flyers v. Canadiens: Flyers say Habs should worry about 'karma'

    May 21, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Who knew this series between the Canadiens and the Flyers would become as fun as it has? With the way the Canadiens were systematically handled in both games in Philadelphia, there might have been some thought that the Flyers would have perhaps a bit easier path to the Cup finals than we initially thought. If…

  15. TSN: Glendale & NHL reach agreement for financial losses

    May 21, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    More great news for hockey fans in Arizona, as TSN is reporting today that the NHL and the City of Glendale have come to an agreement on the one sticking point that would likely have meant the team departing for Canada. According to TSN, the City of Glendale has reached an agreement with the NHL…

  16. Sporting News names Tippett and Maloney Coach and Executive of the Year.

    May 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    In what is likely a precursor for the winner of the Jack Adams and the newly minted GM of the Year awards, Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and GM Don Maloney have been named by the Sporting News as the 2009-10 Coach of the Year and the 2009-0 Executive of the Year, respectively. For the…

  17. IIHF apologizes to Crosby, NHL

    May 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we covered an article by IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg that blasted Sidney Crosby and a number of other NHL players for declining to participate in this year’s World Championships in Germany. It was a scathing article that attacked the players for “forgetting what brought them riches and fame” and that they have abandoned…

  18. Blackhawks remember when nobody came

    May 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun has a great article up this afternoon on the Chicago Blackhawks and the incredible atmosphere present at their home games. He talked with Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith, the original members of the current team and who were around in 2005 when things just a bit….different. It’s easy to forget…

  19. Marian Hossa trying to solve scoring woes

    May 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks finished off a promising season last year with a disappointing loss in the Conference finals to the Detroit Red Wings. After the loss, for a team that was as talented and as deep as the Hawks were, it was just a matter of making a few tweaks in order to hopefully finally…

  20. NHL hires first European official

    May 20, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    The NHL has hired the first European-trained official, as Swedish referee Marcus Vinnerborg will make his way over to North America next season. Vinnerborg will start off in the AHL while making pit stops in the NHL, with the hope of eventually becoming a full-time NHL official. Vinnerborg is an accomplished international competition official, having…

  21. Oilers decide now is the time to change approach

    May 20, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers have realized that the days of overpaying for free agents and essentially “buying” a successful hockey team are over. Problem is, that realization has come about five years too late. After this approach worked, sort of, in 2005 the Edmonton Oilers decided to keep going down the same path. Yet as the…

  22. Lance Armstrong not happy with Versus

    May 20, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Lance Armstrong isn’t happy and when he speaks out, nearly 3 million people listen. The man who put the Outdoor Life Network — soon to be Versus — on the map was incensed when the network cut away from the final minutes of Stage 3 of the Tour of California. Here is what Armstrong had…

  23. Carter closer, but don't expect him back just yet

    May 20, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia Flyers are getting closer to getting their leading scorer (from the regular season, at least) back, as Jeff Carter took part in his first full practice with the team. From the AP report: Holmgren was encouraged after watching Carter skate Thursday during practice before Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference final series…

  24. Habs' #1 priority: Score a goal

    May 20, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Here’s the quote of the day, courtesy of Montreal forward Tomas Plekanec: “The most important thing is get the lead and see how they react to it,” said Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec. “We haven’t had the lead yet.” Getting a lead is certainly important, but actually scoring a goal would be nice. Except Plekanec is…

  25. Sharks facing reality: Blackhawks are a better team

    May 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Yesterday I wrote an article stating that the San Jose Sharks were missing a key ingredient that is needed as you find yourself deeper in the playoffs: heart. Some agreed, while some questioned why the Blackhawks weren’t getting the credit for just being a better team. The fact is, at this point, the Hawks are…

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