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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

    May 22, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    ballardhipcheckgetty

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Has Joe Thornton really ever been a ‘choker’ since he came to San Jose?

    May 22, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Joe Thornton

    One of the biggest stories of the playoffs has been Joe Thornton’s supposed transformation into a true playoff performer. Yet if you look at his numbers with San Jose, the change hasn’t been as drastic as many believe.

  13. Bruins ‘choking’ talk obscures superior play from the Lightning

    May 21, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Many people will fixate on the Bruins giving up a 3-0 lead in their Game 4 loss, but maybe the Lightning were just so good the deficit didn’t matter.

  14. Video: Mike Milbury provides a preview for Sharks-Canucks Game 4

    May 21, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

    Mike Milbury points out what allowed the Sharks to win Game 3 and provides a preview of their Game 4 match against the Canucks in this video.

  15. Family, friends and many from hockey world gather for Derek Boogaard’s funeral

    May 21, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

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    Boogaard Funeral Hockey

    Family, friends and many members of the hockey community attended Derek Boogaard’s funeral on Saturday.

  16. Video: Net and Star Cam footage from Bruins-Lightning Game 4

    May 21, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Check out Net Cam and Star Cam footage from Game 4 between the Bruins and Lightning.

  17. Tampa Bay rallies back from down 3-0 to beat Boston 5-3 and even series at 2-2

    May 21, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    Once again a 3-0 lead wasn’t good enough for the Bruins as Tampa Bay rallied back to take out Boston 5-3 to even up the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.

  18. The NHL won’t fine or suspend Jamie McGinn for boarding hit on Aaron Rome

    May 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Aaron Rome

    The NHL won’t fine or suspend Jamie McGinn for boarding Aaron Rome, but it would be surprising to see him play for the Sharks again in the playoffs after his second ill-advised major penalty and game misconduct of the postseason.

  19. Thrashers fans rally during Select-A-Seat event, burn Winnipeg Jets banner

    May 21, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Thrashers Fans Rally To Keep Team In Atlanta

    Thrashers fans held a rally/tailgate to show that they want the team to stay in Atlanta. If nothing else, they enjoyed at least one last hurrah and got a few jabs in on Winnipeg and The Atlanta Spirit in the process.

  20. Tampa Bay storms back to tie it 3-3 after two periods behind Teddy Purcell’s two goals

    May 21, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Teddy Purcell

    After a brutal first period, the Lightning stormed back to tie things up in the second period thanks to Teddy Purcell’s two goals and solid goaltending from Mike Smith.

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