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  1. Dan Bylsma: Staal could return in the playoffs

    May 1, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

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    It looks like our initial report that Jordan Staal was out for the playoffs after surgery on a severed tendon in his foot was a bit premature. We based the post on several reports from the Canadian media, including TSN and RDS. It appears someone jumped the gun and we apologize for any misleading information.…

  2. Markov heads back to Montreal for treatment

    May 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Per the Canadian Press, Habs defenseman Andrei Markov has returned to Montreal to receive treatment for his “lower body injury” he suffered after Matt Cooke’s big — but clean — hit in the first period of last night’s game. Markov was in obviously excruciating pain after he awkwardly hit the boards, as gloves and stick…

  3. Jordan Staal out for season with severed tendon

    May 1, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

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    [Update] Staal might not be out for the playoffs. Check here for more info. Multiple sources are reporting this morning that Selke Trophy finalist Jordan Staal is done for the season after having surgery late last night to repair a severed tendon on the top of his foot. Staal was accidentally kicked by Canadiens defenseman…

  4. Flyers present different challenge for Boston Bruins

    May 1, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers12:30 p.m. EDT, May 1, 2010Live on NBC The Philadelphia Flyers needed a shootout in the final game of the season just to make the playoffs, yet needed just five games to eliminate the 2nd seeded New Jersey Devils. With some opportunistic and timely offense, along with some surprising goaltending from…

  5. Savard's return provides instant spark for Boston Bruins

    May 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers12:30 p.m. EDT, May 1, 2010Live on NBC The Bruins are playing some of their best hockey of the season, a year in which they stumbled along under the pressure of high expectations, and now are getting an injection of talent and skill as Marc Savard is set to return today…

  6. Crosby shines, Halak pulled in Penguins' 6-3 win

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    It was all about quality over quantity tonight in Pittsburgh, as Sidney Crosby and the Penguins made quick work of the Montreal Canadiens en route to a big 6-3 win. After Jaroslav Halak put together a magical three game run to take out the first-place Capitals, he looked entirely human and a bit out of…

  7. Should Arnott have the captaincy taken away?

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    One of the better team blogs on the internet poses an interesting question tonight, as the guys at On The Forecheck ask whether the Nashville Predators should take the captaincy away from Jason Arnott. In the wake of yet another disappointing postseason for the Predators, despite their continued regular season success, it’s understandable to start…

  8. Jordan Staal hurt; Pens take 4-2 into 2nd intermission

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Two periods, two important players hurt and out of the game. The Canadiens lost Andrei Markov in the first period and now the Penguins have lost forward Jordan Staal to what looks to be a right foot injury after he was inadvertently kicked by PK Subban. The Selke Trophy finalist left the game after hobbling…

  9. Penguins use power play to take early 3-1 lead

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

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    The Washington Capitals scored just one power play goal in 33 chances in the first round against the Canadiens, a puzzling part of the big reason why the top ranked team is no longer in the playoffs. There was doubt as to whether Jaroslav Halak and the Habs’ defense could stay that hot in the…

  10. Andrei Markov leaves game after Matt Cooke hit

    Apr 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Hockey fans around the world drew a collective gasp as they watched Matt Cooke level another player with a big hit that left him writhing on the ice in pain. This time, however, it was clearly a clean hit as Cooke caught Markov with a hard shoulder to shoulder hit along the boards, that sent…

  11. Setoguchi defends his 'dive' against Wings

    Apr 30, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

    I didn’t get to see the Devin Setoguchi “dive” until this morning, but I can see where Mike Babcock had a bit of an issue with it. That being said, it’s something you see in hockey all the time, and not just from Setoguchi; players feel a stick by their faces and react as if…

  12. Quick turnaround should help Halak

    Apr 30, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    As we gear up in the final minutes before tonight’s game between the Penguins and Canadiens, Jaroslav Halak’s incredible performance against the Capitals is still fresh in all of our minds.With two series in the first round going to a Game 7, there’s been a fast turnaround to the next round as the Habs will…

  13. Who's more valuable, Sidney Crosby or Jaroslav Halak?

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I know the majority of you read this headline and either scratched your head in confusion or slammed your keyboard in anger. “How could this even be a debate,” you ask. “They don’t even play the same position and aren’t even on the same team.” Stay with me on this one. Headed into tonight’s Game…

  14. Bruins' Mark Stuart closer to returning

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    While a lot of the focus on the Bruins’ injury situation has surrounded the return of Marc Savard to the ice in tomorrow’s game against the Flyers, there’s another Bruins player that the team would like to have back at some point in the playoffs. Defenseman Mark Stuart, who’s been out since April 1st with…

  15. Jim Corsi: The man behind Corsi numbers

    Apr 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The hockey world is ages behind “Moneyball” philosophy and Sabermetrics, just to name a few buzzwords associated with the innovative stats championed by baseball writers and stats gurus for years. That isn’t to say that hockey bloggers/writers/fans/front office people are completely turning a blind eye to analysis that goes deeper than goals, assists and plus/minuses, though.…

  16. Capitals GM says Bruce Boudreau isn't going anywhere

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau’s results keeps improving in the regular season, but many questioned his job security after the Caps lost in the first round to the Canadiens. Washington Post reporter Tarik El-Bashir tracked down the team’s general manager George McPhee (affectionately called GMGM by many Washington fans), who claims that Boudreau will be around…

  17. Alex Ovechkin responds to criticism

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    In our instant analysis-crazed society, it seems like people just cannot help but make a hasty, sweeping judgment about almost anything. At one point, Alex Ovechkin was the superhuman, unquestioned best player in hockey according to many experts. Yet after a medal-free Olympics run and a first round defeat few saw coming, there are probably…

  18. Boston Bruins easing Marc Savard into lineup

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    It seems more and more likely that Marc Savard is going to return to the Boston Bruins during the second round, which bothers the inner-worried-mother in me. Still, he’s a hockey player and needs to help his team. The Bruins are being cautious about integrating Savard into their lineup as he starts to get his legs…

  19. Checking up on the East's free agents to watch

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    A couple weeks ago, I broke down the pending free agents (unrestricted and restricted alike) for each conference. (East here, West here) Let’s take a gander at how some of the most noteworthy free-agents-to-be fared so far. Obviously, for players on half the teams, they won’t get another chance to show off their skills. Now let’s…

  20. Checking up on the West's free agents to watch

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    A couple weeks ago, I broke down the pending free agents (unrestricted and restricted alike) for each conference. (East here, West here) So let’s take a gander at how some of the most noteworthy free-agents-to-be fared up to this point. Obviously, for players on half the teams, they won’t get another chance to show off their…

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