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  1. Goal of the night: Nikolai Kulemin

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The Boston Bruins had three separate leads against the Toronto Maple Leafs, yet couldn’t hold on to any of them. The eventually lost in overtime due to this goal:

  2. "Oops" of the night: Hal Gill

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    This isn’t a normal feature of ours, but I found it amusing while searching for the best goal of the night (and there were some good ones). Hal Gill has the right idea, but executes a perfect cross-crease pass right onto the stick of the opponent.

  3. Luongo: "Worst performance of my career"

    Mar 10, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Give Roberto Luongo credit for honesty. Anyone who witnessed his horrid first period — and even the first ten minutes of the second period — were convinced that he may not be in net when the team came out from the first intermission. The Canucks, in a big game against Colorado, were quickly down 3-0…

  4. Don't expect Penguins to suspend Cooke

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:36 AM EDT

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    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Dave Molinari has a pretty interesting Q&A up today, in which a reader suggests that perhaps the Penguins should suspend Matt Cooke if the NHL doesn’t. Here’s his response: In general, though, it probably isn’t realistic to expect an organization to punish a player for something that happens on the ice if…

  5. The Red Wings are just a 'normal' team

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:45 AM EDT

    I wasn’t very popular among Wings fans this past week when I brought up the notion that the Detroit Red Wings might suffer a bit of a let down season after years and years and years and years of regular season domination, but the cracks are definitely showing this season. It’s true that the majority…

  6. Minnesota manages just 11 shots in loss

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

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    It was like a train wreck. I didn’t want to watch it, but I couldn’t look away. I wasn’t planning on watching nearly all of the Minnesota and Florida game, mainly because the matchup had zero playoff implications. But as soon I got wind of the offensive firepower that was underway up in the twin…

  7. Chicago's goaltending saga continues…

    Mar 9, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Here is the understatement of the week, courtesy of Chicago coach Joel Quenneville: “It’s important that somebody establishes themselves and takes charge in the net.” The Blackhawks will be starting Antti Niemi in net tomorrow night against Los Angeles, and the team is desperate for one of the goaltenders to actually prove they deserve to…

  8. Kane, Shubert out: Could Chelios be on his way to NHL?

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Some tough news today for the Atlanta Thrashers, who will have to try and make the playoffs without Evander Kane for at least the next three weeks. Kane had a CT scan today that confirmed he has a fractured left foot. On top of that, defenseman Cristoph Shubert is out three to five weeks with…

  9. Leave poor Sidney Crosby alone

    Mar 9, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    I have to be honest here: I didn’t know about the Sidney Crosby “snub” of David Letterman until earlier today and my immediate reaction was “who cares?”. If this had happened in the middle of July or some other time when the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn’t actively playing an NHL season, then I can understand the…

  10. Tonight's games: Playoff battles heating up

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    A couple of big games tonight with playoff spots on the line. Calgary Flames (32-24-9, 73 PTS) @ Detroit Red Wings (31-22-12, 74 PTS); 7:00 p.m. EST — Jarome Iginla hasn’t scored against the Red Wings in 19 regular season games. They’ll need him to make a difference tonight, as the Wings have rediscovered their…

  11. Kyle Wellwood is playing better with extra 'weight'

    Mar 9, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    This one is just too good to pass up. There are so many gems in this story I’ll just let the quotes speak for themselves. Kyle Wellwood is learning to love his body. Even the slightly flabby bits. … “At the start of the year, I was a real lean 181,” Wellwood said. “Now, I’m…

  12. Elliott back in net for Senators as carousel continues

    Mar 9, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    The Ottawa Senators have some issues. For a team that sat in third place in the East coming out of the Olympic Break, they’re certainly facing a series of problems that proves just how improbable it was they were winning so much. Ottawa cannot score (three goals in three games) and the goaltending is becoming…

  13. Iginla shouldn't be worried about scoreless streak against Wings

    Mar 9, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    There’s a big game tonight between the Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames, as the Wings hope to win three in a row for the first time since December. Even more importantly, it’s a battle for the 8th spot in the West with the Red Wings holding a one point lead over the Flames and…

  14. Lupul: Shoulder hits to head just a part of hockey

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Everyone is weighing in on the issue of hits to the head, with most in the camp — including me — that believes that any and all hits to the head should be illegal. This includes direct shoulder hits to the head, such as the Mike Richards hit and the latest transgression by Matt Cooke.…

  15. Zdeno Chara out tonight against Maple Leafs

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    The Bruins fight for a playoff spot just got a bit harder. Facing the possibility of losing Marc Savard for the season, the Bruins are without Zdeno Chara for at least tonight. Chara is having a bit of a down year offensively, just like the rest of the Bruins, but for a team that is…

  16. There's nothing wrong with Chicago anthem tradition

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    I don’t why this is being brought up now — unless he never thought about it until Sunday’s game on NBC — but one Detroit blogger is unhappy with the tradition that takes place at every game at the United Center: the fans cheering their heads off during the Star-Spangled Banner. In case you didn’t…

  17. Save of the Night: Marty Turco

    Mar 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

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    Marty Turco’s 49 saves was a career high for a regular season game, and nearly all of them were of the outstanding variety. Here is but a taste.

  18. Hit of the Night: Mike Ribeiro?

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:45 AM EDT

    This one is listed as an Alex Ovechkin hit, but it originally was going to be a Mike Ribeiro hit. Don’t follow me? Just watch what happens:

  19. Rink to Rink: Caps stumble while Kings reign

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Only two games last night; one thriller and one laugher, and not the ones you would have expected. Dallas Stars 4, Washington Capitals 3 (SO) — We all thought this one would be over by the end of the first period and it actually seemed like it would be by the time the first intermission…

  20. Quick Hits: Nichol practices, Don Waddel speaks

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

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    Atlanta Thashers GM Don Waddel on distinguishing between legal and illegal hits: Waddell: First, body checking is such a big part of the NHL and it’ll continue to be. We need it to be a big part of the game but there are a few incidents, every so often, that we don’t like. We have…

  21. Should Capitals be worried after loss to Stars?

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    The mighty aren’t invincible at home after all. Marty Turco’s career-high 49 saves propelled the Dallas Stars to an improbable 4-3 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals, at the place everyone believed they were unstoppable. And yet it happened, against a team that had their backs against the wall and were reeling after three straight…

  22. You won't believe what Colin Campbell said….

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    I must have watched the Matt Cooke on Marc Savard hit about 30 times today. It’s the hot topic of the day, especially with the NHL general managers meeting today to discuss illegal hits to the head. To me, this hit was much worse than the Mike Richards on David Booth blind-side hit from earlier…

  23. Ovechkin busts scoring slump against Stars

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    I know everyone was insanely concerned, but Alex Ovechkin’s scoring drought has come to an end. A power play goal against the Dallas Stars tonight has #8 back on the scoreboard and Capitals fans everywhere can breathe easy knowing he is still able to put the puck in the net. The good news about this…

  24. Capitals winning despite facing opponent's best

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    There are only two games tonight in the NHL, and one pits the best team in the league against a team that is struggling since the Olympic break. The Dallas Stars are mired in mediocrity since the Olympic break, and many (including myself) believed tonight’s game between Dallas and the Washington Capitals would be laugher…

  25. DiMaio: Make the equipment weaker

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Well, here’s an interesting suggestion. Debate over late hits, hits to the head and the ensuing punishments is all over the internet this morning, especially considering the fact that the NHL general managers are meeting this morning to discuss this very fact. Elliotte Friedman from CBC Sports has a rundown of a number of proposed…

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