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  1. Islanders still need the tools to re-build

    Mar 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Adding the top pick in the NHL draft does not instantly make you a better team — but it certainly helps. In the case of the New York Islanders, the team is technically better than they were last season yet still find themselves in once again at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings (which…

  2. Is Crosby's popularity at risk?

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I know that we’re all tired about hearing about Sidney Crosby, his equipment and his ‘snub’ of Letterman last week. Even for the non-haters, I’m sure it’s getting to be a bit much. Just one more, but it’s topical. Dave Molinari answers a reader’s question on whether Crosby’s Olympic goal will hurt his overall popularity…

  3. Sharks not happy with 8-5 victory

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    You would think that the Sharks would be ecstatic about scoring six goals in the third period en route to an exciting come from behind victory over the Nashville Predators. I guess not. “This isn’t going to happen again. If it does it’ll be a miracle,” [Sharks coach Todd McLellan] said of the six-goal, third…

  4. Did Dan Carcillo go too far?

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    During last night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins, there were a number of heated scrums — shocking I know. Of course, Daniel Carcillo was in the middle of one, but he may get himself into some hot water with the NHL after he went just a bit too far. When one…

  5. Goal of the night: Brian Pothier & Phil Kessel

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    We have a tie for goal of the night. First, Phil Kessel scores on a 2-on-1 to give the Toronto Maple Leafs an overtime win at home. Then, Brian Pothier buries a big goal in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes another improbable victory, this time over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  6. Save of the night: Tomas Vokoun

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    It wasn’t a good night for the Florida Panthers, who’s three game win streak came to an end with a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. But this was certainly one of the more amusing sequences of the night; it was a good save certainly, but the reaction of all the players on the ice…

  7. Who will be next to hit 600 goals?

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Teemu Selanne is just two goals away from reaching the 600 goal mark on his career, becoming just the 18th player in NHL history to do so. With Selanne entering the final years of his career, and representing the end of an era of the 1990’s superstars, I decided to look at who might be…

  8. Breathe easy Caps fans, division title in hand

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

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    Well, it was a fight all the way down to the wire but the Washington Capitals have pulled off what many thought would be far from an easy accomplishment: winning the Southeast Division title. The division win also gives the Capitals an automatic playoff spot, so that’s another hurdle overcome. Now we can all just…

  9. Scott Nichol returns; check out who the ref will be

    Mar 11, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Before the insanity surrounding the Matt Cooke hit began, the focus had been on Maxim Lapierre’s hit on Scott Nichol. Lapierre was suspending four games for the late hit, but a lot of the focus was on how there wasn’t a penalty called on the original play despite referee Chris Lee being about 3 feet…

  10. Zetterberg's poor play sparks Red Wings shakeup

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Continuing with the theme of coaches who are actually working at improving their team after some disappointing losses, Detroit coach Mike Babcock is shaking up the lines a bit in an effort to spark better play in one of the Red Wings’ best players. 13 points in the last 12 games? Not good enough, Henrik…

  11. Avs looking ahead despite recent losses

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Every team and every coach handles a bad stretch of games differently. Some decide to just stay away from the ice as much as possible, presumably because he either doesn’t care how the team plays or is just oblivious to what is going on. Others, like coach Joe Sacco and the Colorado Avalanche, buckle down…

  12. Crosby speaks about Letterman snub

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Since I know everyone just loves hearing about Sidney Crosby every day…we’ll share some more! Crosby has been taking a ton of flak for his decision not to go on the David Letterman show last week, and I”m among those that a) don’t really care and b) don’t think it’s that big of a deal…

  13. Patrick Kane closing in on 100-point mark

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

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    It’s not outside the realm of possibility but it’s still a long shot. With 16 games left to go in the season and already at the 75 point mark, Patrick Kane has a chance of becoming the first Blackhawks player to have 100 points in a season since Jeremy Roenick did so 17 years ago.…

  14. Backstrom disappointed in Wild's performance

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    I had hoped the Minnesota Wild would have won on Tuesday night. I was all ready to look up the record for least amount of shots a team has had in a game it’s won. But I guess when you can only muster 11 shots on goal in 65 minutes then you deserve to lose.…

  15. Goal of the night: Patrick Sharp

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

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    This was a win the Blackhawks desperately needed, especially after yet another poor 2nd period. Patrick Sharp decided to take matters into his own hands.

  16. Brad May is having fun in the AHL

    Mar 11, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    I have to admit I was a bit amused when I heard the Red Wings had sent Brad May down to the AHL. How would a player like May, who hasn’t played in the minors ever, react to going from the glam lifestyle of professional sports to the much less comforting life an AHL player…

  17. Peter Chiarelli speaks on the Cooke non-suspension

    Mar 11, 2010, 7:45 AM EDT

    This isn’t going away anytime soon so we might as well keep covering it. In the wake of the non-suspension news surrounding the Matt Cooke hit, as well as the news that the NHL GM’s have proposed rule changes that would make such hits illegal, players and coaches around the NHL are weighing in with…

  18. Anaheim's playoff hopes are roasted

    Mar 11, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

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    We’re coming to the point in the season where the bubble teams will start falling by the wayside one by one. Technically there are still a number of teams in the playoff hunt, but each passing game opens up the divide that much more between the pretenders and the legitimate contenders. The Anaheim Ducks may…

  19. Modano turned down chance to be traded

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

    Mike Modano had the chance to go the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline, but turned down the trade to stay with the Dallas Stars. He has a no trade clause in his contract, and the veteran forward decided it best to  stick with the team he’s been with his entire career. From Mike Heika…

  20. Tyler Myers has my vote for the Calder

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

    Forget about Jimmy Howard, my vote — if I had one — is for Tyler Myers for the Calder Trophy. The young defenseman simply dominated the Dallas Stars tonight in the Sabres 5-3 win and if you haven’t had the chance to see this young man play, then you need to find some way to…

  21. Too little, too late for NHL rule changes

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    This is obviously the biggest story of the week and when all is said and done the 2009-10 NHL season will go down as the “year of the head shot”. What is most frustrating about the entire situation is the fact that the victim of the latest dirty hit — and there’s no doubt in…

  22. 48-year old Chris Chelios returns to the NHL

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    We hinted yesterday that it might happen, and it seems that it will. The Atlanta Thrashers will call up 48-year old defenseman Chris Chelios from their AHL affiliate. With Cristoph Shubert out for at least three weeks or so, the Thrashers were short on defense and have a dire need for veteran leadership. They’ll kill…

  23. NHL GM's propose that head shots be illegal

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    The NHL general managers have decided on their proposed rule change that will outlaw hits to the head; specifically on hits from behind. Here’s the exact wording of the proposal, per TSN: “A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is…

  24. Outlook on Savard not looking good

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    We will hopefully find out today or tomorrow on whether Marc Savard’s season is in jeopardy after suffering a concussion on Sunday, but the news isn’t looking good. From the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa: “The only update I’ve had is that today, he’s definitely not feeling better,” coach Claude Julien said yesterday afternoon. “It’s been…

  25. Avalanche stumbling when it matters the most

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    The Colorado Avalanche were the surprise of the season, as the burst out to a great start behind the stellar play of Craig Anderson in net and a potent offense. We kept waiting for this supposedly overachieving team to crash back down to earth, yet all season long they’ve held onto a top spot in…

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