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  1. Ovechkin hearing in progress; suspension likely?

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    Follow PHT on Twitter! A decision on whether Alex Ovechkin is suspended because of yesterday’s hit will come down within hours, as Alex Ovechkin is currently in a hearing with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s dean of punishments. Whether he deserves a suspension is the subject of intense debate right now, as it seems the mitigating…

  2. Did Dubinsky break an unwritten rule of fighting?

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    I have to admit I was amused to see the New York Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky thoroughly beat down Mike Richards of the Flyers yesterday. It was obviously an emotionally-fueled fight and it was painfully obvious that Dubinsky won the fight. I also didn’t see anything out of the ordinary with it. Well, perhaps there was…

  3. Panic setting in for the Senators?

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    Things are getting serious up in Ottawa. The Senators are yet another team that is struggling coming out of the Olympic break, after winning 14-of-16 games heading into March. There was the hope that Ottawa would be able to lock down a division title and home ice in at least the first round, but now…

  4. Avery's big night proves Tortorella was right

    Mar 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    You know Larry Brooks is smiling this morning. After Brooks lambasted New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for scratching Sean Avery last week, the NHL’s most annoying player responded last night with two goals in a big win against Philadelphia. “I see Sean as a player who is at his best when the games are…

  5. Ducks GM angry about the Olympics effect on his team

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:56 AM EST

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    Here’s a shocker: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is angry about the Olympics, and how the Ducks season has fallen apart after returning from the break. “We went in playing well and came out dead,” Murray said, referring to the team’s 14-6 surge before the Olympic break and an 0-4-1 nosedive in the Ducks’ first…

  6. The night the Pens' season almost died

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    It was almost the worst scenario imaginable for Penguins fans, and it’s still far from good. In the same game, the Pittsburgh Penguins almost lost both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby to potentially serious injury, and we’re still not certain what the extent of Malkin’s injury might be. Crosby looked to have injured his knee…

  7. Video: Alex Ovechkin's reaction

    Mar 14, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    Here’s Alex Ovechkin’s post-game reaction to this hit, which he calls a “little push”.  

  8. Alex Ovechkin's hit is far from controversial

    Mar 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    I don’t want to hear about any conspiracy. I don’t want to listen to any talks about referee bias, or how the NHL has an agenda towards any team or player. None of that factored into this situation. In fact, I think the big issue here is that the referee’s actually got the call right,…

  9. NBC Game of the Week Live Chat

    Mar 14, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    Don’t forget: Follow your favorite players with the NBC Star Cam! Here’s some reading material for today’s game: -NBC Game of the Week: Injuries and goaltenders update -What they’re saying about WAS-CHI -Alex Ovechkin: Fighting to keep up with Sidney Crosby -Chicago and Washington: Rising to the top -Expect a Chicago cap crisis this summer…

  10. Video: Alex Ovechkin's hit on Brian Campbell

    Mar 14, 2010, 2:37 PM EST

    Here’s exclusive video of the hit, for which Ovechkin was given a game misconduct.  

  11. NBC Game of the Week: Injuries and goaltenders update

    Mar 14, 2010, 10:49 AM EST

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    Both teams are entering today’s game fairly healthy. Milan Jurcina is out for the Capitals after undergoing hernia surgery and Adam Burish and Brent Sopel are most likely out as well. Here’s where it gets interesting: the goaltending matchups. Both teams are facing some goaltending issues — the Blackhawks much more so than the Capitals…

  12. Chicago and Washington: Rising to the top

    Mar 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals 12:30 p.m. EST – Sunday, March 14, 2010Live on NBC It’s just a normal, regular season game between two teams that meet just once a year – but today’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals is so much more than that. It’s a game between two potential Stanley…

  13. Alex Ovechkin: Fighting to keep up with Sidney Crosby

    Mar 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals 12:30 p.m. EST – Sunday, March 14, 2010Live on NBC It seems that it is rare to find a hockey fan that likes both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. It’s Team Sid vs. Team Ovi and the battle can get a bit bloody at times, as fans spew forth hate…

  14. The PHT Nightcap – Saturday, March 13

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:10 PM EST

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    We put a lot of content on this here blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Three highlights that justify flinching…

  15. Odd bounces: The Thrashers' pre-game routines

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

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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…

  16. Let's all blame the Olympics for the Ducks' slump

    Mar 13, 2010, 8:50 PM EST

    I’m not going to blame the Olympic break for the losing streak that the Anaheim Ducks are going through (0-4-1 since the Olympics), but it’s certainly tough not to look at the break as a big factor. The Ducks were 5-2-0 leading up to the break and were making a push for a playoff spot…

  17. Could Jaromir Jagr be headed to Edmonton?

    Mar 13, 2010, 8:23 PM EST

    Seeing a healthy and refreshed Jaromir Jagr playing for the Czech Republic during the Olympics instantly raised the question of whether he would be returning to the NHL this summer, after his KHL contract expires. He’s certainly not the Jagr of just five years ago, but he would be welcome and needed on a team…

  18. Pronger’s goal adds to Blackhawks’ frustration

    Mar 13, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

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    It’s no secret that I’ve been extremely critical of the the Chicago Blackhawks lately; they are a great team and are in prime position for a Stanley Cup run but I’m one of many that is convinced their goaltending is not good enough. After today’s loss to the Flyers, I’m not certain whether my concerns…

  19. Don't forget about the Phoenix Coyotes

    Mar 13, 2010, 6:24 PM EST

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    Everyone is focused on Chicago, Washington, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Buffalo (and some others of course) but unfortunately the only coverage the Phoenix Coyotes are getting this year generally have to do with the situation surrounding their ownership issues. Yet the Coyotes are a team that has maintained a high level of play all season,…

  20. More anthem debate: Is yelling "Stars" worse?

    Mar 13, 2010, 5:29 PM EST

    This past week there’s been some heated debate raging over fans’ traditions during the national anthem. It all started with one person’s dislike with Chicago’s tradition of the fans cheering during the anthem, citing it as unpatriotic and offensive to those that have served. Invariably, others have been pulled into the debate as well. Brad…

  21. Scott Nichol speaks with referee Chris Lee

    Mar 13, 2010, 2:28 PM EST

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    For some reason I find the Scott Nichol situation intensely fascinating. Here’s a guy who came within inches of a potentially serious injury as the result of a severely careless play by Maxim Lapierre, and not only does he harbor no ill feelings towards Lapierre but he says he’s fine with the ref who didn’t…

  22. Watch out Ovi and Sid; Steven is on his way

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

    It seems that everyone is focused on the race between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby for the scoring title, and even more enthralled by what will happen with the rivalry if they tie. Yet there is one name that could upset the balance, and put a major wrench in the neverending battle between Ovechkin and…

  23. Minnesota fans facing a bleak future

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:21 PM EST

    The hockey fans in Minnesota deserve better. The Wild are sputtering and stumbling towards the end of yet another disappointing season, and it doesn’t appear that there’s help on the way. After finishing third in the Western Conference in 2008, the Wild missed the playoffs by just two points this season and are woefully behind…

  24. Shocker: Rangers scratch Sean Avery for tonight's game

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:51 PM EST

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    I never really understood why the New York Rangers picked up Sean Avery last season. I understand the thought process and the reasons behind it; Avery could be had for half of his salary and the team and fans needed him at the time. But in the time where it was known that the Rangers…

  25. NBC Game of the Week: Blackhawks vs. Capitals

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals 12:30 p.m. EST – Sunday, March 14, 2010Live on NBC Join us for a live chat during today’s game! I’ve had this game marked down on the calendar all season long. A showdown between two teams that hope to be facing each other in just a few short months to…

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