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  1. Should Sharks fans boo Brian Campbell?

    May 18, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    For a scant two months two seasons ago, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell patrolled the San Jose Sharks blueline. His occasional spin-o-ramas and useful offensive skills were a breath of fresh air for what was then a mostly rugged D core at the Shark Tank. (Of course, the team one-upped Campbell by the next season…

  2. Patrick Kane claims everything is fine

    May 17, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Seeing the mullet struggle a bit to get off the ice at the end of the second period against the Sharks sent a collective gasp among Hawks fans. Losing Patrick Kane for any amount of time would not exactly spell instant disaster for Chicago, but it certainly would cause some issues for a team hoping…

  3. Ian Laperriere nears return because he is very manly

    May 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Things are looking up for the Philadelphia Flyers even on days when they’re not pulverizing their opponents 6-0. Earlier today, I shared the fact that Jeff Carter might return during the Eastern Conference finals. They could have more good news as Ian Laperriere  also hopes be on his way back. Here’s the report from TSN.…

  4. Are the Sharks taking Game 1 loss too well?

    May 17, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The San Jose Sharks might have lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 yesterday, but they showed plenty of energy and put 45 shots on Antti Niemi. It would be silly if the team was in a state of chaos and panic after losing a game they played so well. That being said, every game in…

  5. Salary cap effects of Nicklas Backstrom's new deal

    May 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Earlier today it was announced that the Washington Capitals signed their star center Nicklas Backstrom to a 10-year, $67 million contract. Previously I had detailed the fact that the team will be going into the summer with a ton of flexibility but the signing of Backstrom could be a make-or-break moment for their long-term chances.…

  6. Jeff Carter skates briefly, could return during ECF

    May 17, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jeff Carter could end up playing in the Eastern Conference finals, some say as early as Game 2. He skated for the first time since a Chris Pronger slapper broke Carter’s foot during Game 4 of Philadelphia’s series with the New Jersey Devils. NHL.com has the lowdown. Jeff Carter, who hasn’t skated since breaking his right…

  7. Florida Panthers name Dale Tallon their new GM

    May 17, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    The Florida Panthers will name former Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon their new GM on Tuesday, according to Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel. It is unclear if the Panthers will keep Richie Sexton around in some form. Tallon had a big hand in constructing the two-time Western Conference finalist Chicago Blackhawks roster. While it doesn’t take…

  8. Did refs let too much go in Habs-Flyers Game 1?

    May 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    During the Chicago Blackhawks-San Jose Sharks live chat, I brought up the possibility that the Philadelphia Flyers’ traditional physical (some might say dirty?) style could make life miserable for the Montreal Canadiens. That certainly seemed to be the case in Game 1 as the Flyers bludgeoned and bruised the Habs on their way to a…

  9. Glen Metropolit was a member of the Flyers, Habs on same day

    May 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    In this age of salary cap casualties, unrestricted free agency and trade deadline frenzies, it’s not surprising to see a player go from friend to foe or vice versa. Still, Glen Metropolit was in a pretty unique spot on November 27, 2009: he suited up with both the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers during the…

  10. Capitals sign Nicklas Backstrom to 10-year, $67 million deal

    May 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday, I wondered if the Washington Capitals would extend Nicklas Backstrom to a shorter, Crosby-like deal or lock him up with one of those “lifetime” contracts. It looks like the answer is the lifetime deal; the team announced today that they signed the talented Swede to a 10-year, $67 million contract. For you non-math majors out…

  11. 2010 NHL playoffs: Dustin Byfuglien wins it

    May 17, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Earlier this year, Dustin Byfuglien was one of the names people would bring up when discussing Chicago Blackhawks salary cap casualties. Sure, many said, he brings some unique skills to the table but he can also be very frustrating. It’s difficult to imagine Big Buff going anywhere now, though. He’s been an absolute beast in…

  12. 2010 NHL playoffs: Antti Niemi saves Chicago

    May 17, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Both Michael Leighton and Antti Niemi produced great performances last night. Leighton sported a 28-save shutout while Niemi somehow allowed only one goal on 45 shots. As great as Leighton was, Niemi stood out as the best goalie of the night. He made save after save as the San Jose Sharks created all kinds of…

  13. NBC Video: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith interviews

    May 16, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    First, Jonathan Toews and his awesome sideburns:   Duncan Keith discusses his big minutes and great playoff production.  

  14. Flyers destroy Habs 6-0, take 1-0 series lead

    May 16, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    The pre-series talk focused on how much of a factor Jaroslav Halak would be. Yet in Game 1, Michael Leighton earned his first career playoff shutout while Halak didn’t even make it through the second period. To put it simply, the Flyers mercilessly pounded the Canadiens 6-0. Philadelphia Flyers 6, Montreal Canadiens 0 Flyers lead…

  15. Capitals to announce Nicklas Backstrom contract Monday

    May 16, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    If the Associated Press report is correct, the Washington Capitals plan on announcing the signing of stud Swede center Nicklas Backstrom to a new contract on Monday. Before he won the Conn Smythe trophy last season, Evgeni Malkin’s “under-the-radar” brilliance frustrated a lot of hockey people (and there still are some who remain frustrated that…

  16. Philly chases Halak, builds lead to 4-0

    May 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Once again, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves dismantled in a Game 1. The Philadelphia Flyers bombarded the Habs with a three goal outburst in the second period, chasing Jaroslav Halak in the process. The score is 4-0 in favor of Philadelphia going into the third. Versus threw up some interesting stats for this game. Apparently…

  17. NBC Video: Hawks-Sharks Game 1 star cam, sounds

    May 16, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    First, Chicago’s Star Cam highlights:   Next, San Jose’s Star Cam highlights:   Finally, here’s the best Sounds of the Game.  

  18. Flyers take 1-0 lead in first period

    May 16, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

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    In the beginning of the first period, this was looking like another typical Montreal Canadiens playoff game. Jaroslav Halak was under siege worse than Steven Segal at certain points, yet the Philadelphia Flyers only managed one powerplay goal from Braydon Coburn. The big difference is that the Canadiens are showing a little more punch, even…

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