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  1. Sharks coach Todd McLellan expects Joe Thornton to play Game 5

    May 23, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Joe Thornton

    While Joe Thornton declared that he was going to play Game 5 no matter what, now his coach is expecting him to suit up as well.

  2. Who starts for Tampa Bay tonight? Guy Boucher puts his poker face on

    May 23, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Dwayne Roloson, Mike Smith

    Wondering who the Lighting will start in goal for tonight’s Game 5 in Boston? Guy Boucher isn’t sharing that information.

  3. Atlanta-to-Winnipeg update: Last local bidder all but out of running for Thrashers

    May 23, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Thrashers Flagging Fans Hockey

    In today’s update on the Atlanta Thrashers-to-Winnipeg storyline, we find out that the last hope for the Thrashers to stay in Atlanta might just be out.

  4. Would benching Tomas Kaberle be the right move for Boston to make?

    May 23, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tomas Kaberle

    With how rough Tomas Kaberle has had it in the Eastern Conference finals, would benching him be the move that helps the Bruins the most?

  5. Video: Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury preview Game 5 between Boston and Tampa Bay

    May 23, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    NBC’s Liam McHugh gets the straight scoop on what needs to happen in Game 5 from Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury.

  6. Five Thoughts: Sharks defensive issues as well as Dany Heatley’s disappearance

    May 23, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Four

    Five thoughts today looks through the job the Sedins are doing to take advantage of a weaker defense while we wonder aloud about where in the world has Dany Heatley been.

  7. Joe Thornton says he’s “100 percent” and playing in Game 5

    May 23, 2011, 1:53 AM EDT

    Joe Thornton

    While the Sharks have no official update on Joe Thornton’s condition after getting banged up thanks to a hit from Raffi Torres, Thornton’s playing doctor for himself.

  8. Did Tim Thomas accidentally give Tampa Bay bulletin board material?

    May 22, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

    Tim Thomas

    After the Bruins tough loss in Game 4, Tim Thomas may have accidentally given the Lightning the bulletin board material this series has been lacking.

  9. Henrik Sedin reminds us all that he’s still quite good at hockey

    May 22, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

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    Henrik Sedin

    Henrik Sedin has been serving notice throughout the Western Conference finals that he’s as good as it gets when it comes to being a play maker. His performance in Game 4 ranks up as one of the playoffs best.

  10. Joe Thornton’s status in doubt after a wicked hit from Raffi Torres

    May 22, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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    Joe Thornton, Alex Burrows

    The Sharks may be without captain Joe Thornton for Game 5 on Tuesday after he was knocked out of today’s Game 4 loss by Raffi Torres after a wicked hit in the third period.

  11. Special teams makes the difference for Canucks; Vancouver takes 4-2 win and 3-1 series lead

    May 22, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Alex Burrows, Antti Niemi

    The Sharks and Canucks switched roles from Game 3 to Game 4, as special teams fueled Vancouver’s 4-2 win. San Jose finds themselves down 3-1 in the series with their captain Joe Thornton’s health in question.

  12. Video: Keith Ballard’s hip check ranks as the hit of the 2011 playoffs

    May 22, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Keith Ballard delivered what might have been the best hit of the 2011 playoffs (so far) when he nailed Jamie McGinn with a devastating hip check.

  13. Video: Roberto Luongo looks to change his NHL reputation with a Stanley Cup

    May 22, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Roberto Luongo

    Roberto Luongo’s NHL career has been a bit up and down, but he’s looking to change all that by leading Vancouver to a Stanley Cup this year.

  14. Canucks stun Sharks with three 5-on-3 goals in two minutes, take 3-0 lead into third period

    May 22, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

    The story of the first period revolved around Vancouver’s lack of discipline and San Jose’s inability to capitalize on their PP chances. The second period offered a stark contrast: the Sharks coughed up bad mistakes and the Canucks made them pay dearly, scoring three 5-on-3 goals in two stunning minutes.

  15. Canucks march to the box in first period, lock up Sharks at 0-0

    May 22, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Antti Niemi, Mason Raymond

    The Canucks survived three penalties in the first period, but will give the Sharks another two minute man advantage to start the second. This post recaps the ups and downs of a scoreless opening frame.

  16. NHL Extra: Watch Canucks-Sharks Game 4 with PHT

    May 22, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

    Want to join us to watch Game 4 between San Jose and Vancouver from HP Pavilion in San Jose? Sure you do and we’ll provide the snark for free.

  17. Sharks hope three trends continue against Canucks in Game 4

    May 22, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Patrick Marleau, Willie Mitchell, Roberto Luongo, Mikael Samuelsson

    Beyond simply winning, the Sharks hope that three different trends continue against the Canucks in Game 4.

  18. Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts are likely replacements for Christian Ehrhoff, Aaron Rome

    May 22, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Jordin Tootoo, Keith Ballard

    With Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome likely out of the Canucks lineup, Vancouver will likely turn to Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts. Will the Ballard trade finally be worth it after a disappointing season?

  19. Five Thoughts: Claude Julien’s non-timeout, Purcell’s awakening, and Steve Downie’s head

    May 22, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Teddy Purcell, Mike Lundin

    Five thoughts today has us looking closer at Teddy Purcell’s big playoffs, Claude Julien pocketing his timeout, Steve Downie’s misfortune, and whether there’s a goalie controversy in Tampa now.

  20. Vancouver needs to turn the special teams tide against San Jose

    May 22, 2011, 2:56 AM EDT

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    Patrick Marleau, Roberto Luongo

    The Canucks have been struggling with the Sharks’ power play all series long, but Game 3 brings up concerns about a gap in the two squads’ special teams units.

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