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  1. Ponikarovsky hit on Bailey: Suspension-worthy?

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Alexei Ponikarovsky received plenty of hype during a star-starved trade deadline this year, but he’s been just mediocre-to-OK for the Penguins so far with 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 points in 17 games. The Ukrainian forward might have to wait a while to improve on those point totals, though, because the league might need…

  2. The case for Sidney Crosby for the Hart Trophy

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    As we near the end of the season, we’re going to take a look at who we think should be three finalists for the Hart, Norris and Calder Trophies, making arguments for each. We start with the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. Next up: Sidney Crosby. Why he deserves it: The…

  3. Hornqvist expected to be ready for playoffs

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Good news for the Nashville Predators, as it’s expected that leading-scorer Patric Hornqvist will be perfectly fine and is expecting back in time for the playoffs to begin. Of course, coach Barry Trotz is being incredibly forthcoming with the status of his player. From Bryan Mullen of The Tennessean: “The early preliminary information, without getting…

  4. NHL playoffs update: Rangers knocking on the door

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Here’s the updated standings for the incredibly close race in the Eastern conference. Remember, it’s not just a battle for the playoffs; none of these teams want to play the Capitals in the first round. Of course, you never would have guessed based on how they’ve played down the stretch: Team GP W L OTL…

  5. Video: Modano's emotional night in Big D

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Here’s the video the standing ovation Mike Modano received by the American Airlines Center crowd, with just over 5 minutes remaining in the third period. There had just been a short tribute from Modano to the fans put on the video board, which prompted an incredibly emotional ovation from the crowd. And of course, Modano…

  6. Watch this: Mike Smith takes on Chris Neil

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

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    Who doesn’t love it when a goalie decides to fight? They have a bit of an advantage, as they wield a freaking weapon on their right (or left) hand.

  7. Save of the Night: Marc-Andre Fleury

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    Not much that can be said about these saves. In fact, it’s plays like this that leave you pretty much speechless.

  8. Goal of the Night: Drew Doughty

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:32 AM EDT

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    Drew Doughty is going to be winning a Norris Trophy very soon. Could it be this season?

  9. Emotional ending to a great night in Dallas

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

    You couldn’t have scripted a better ending. I’m not going to take up a lot of space tonight talking about what a great game just took place in Dallas, but I do want to point out just how special a night it has been. A lot of the focus was on Mike Modano tonight, but…

  10. Frozen Four: BC haunts, crushes Miami 7-1

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Boston College is headed to a 2006 National Championship rematch with Wisconsin after taking out Miami University 7-1 in the second semifinal of the Frozen Four in Detroit. The loss by Miami marks the fourth time in the last five years the Redhawks have been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Boston College. Miami head…

  11. Race for the Rocket: Controversy abounds!

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby: 49? goals, 2 games remaining.Alex Ovechkin: 48 goals, 2 games remaining.Steven Stamkos: 48 goals, 2 games remaining. Oh, it’s getting interesting now. The neverending rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin could reach another level tonight after Crosby scored what seemed to be goals to take a commanding lead in the race for…

  12. Bruins one step closer to playoff spot

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

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    The pressure is now squarely on the Philadelphia Flyers, thanks to Boston’s big 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight. With the win, the Sabres leapfrog the Flyers into 7th in the East, with both having just two games remaining. By my count, one more win and the Bruins clinch a playoff spot. For the…

  13. The case for Ryan Miller for the Hart Trophy

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

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    As we near the end of the season, we’re going to take a look at who we think should be three finalists for the Hart, Norris and Calder Trophies, making arguments for each. We start with the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. Next up: Ryan Miller. Why he deserves it: There…

  14. Marc Savard feeling better, still struggling

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Joe McDonald of has some quotes from Bruins forward Marc Savard today, as he struggles to recover from a brutal concussion thanks to a hit by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. “There’s still minor headaches and stuff I’m still cautious about,” Savard said. “Until those go away, I’m not going to be able to come back.…

  15. Frozen Four: Wisconsin crushes RIT 8-1

    Apr 8, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    The Wisconsin Badgers are headed to the National Championship game on the strength of defense, patience, offensive skill and some brutal frustration from the RIT Tigers as Wisconsin took out RIT 8-1 in the first semifinal game of the 2010 Frozen Four. Wisconsin took the steam out of RIT almost immediately as John Mitchell scored…

  16. Who is the most frustrating Florida Panther?

    Apr 8, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, I decided to throw my guess in the hat, too. First, here is my guess for Florida.…

  17. Memories of Mike Modano

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    I’m not going to do an exact retrospective on Mike Modano’s great career, since we’re not even certain he’s retiring. If and when he announces his retirement this summer, then we’ll take a look at his great numbers and career accomplishments. For now, I’m just going to talk about Mike Modano and my memories of…

  18. Tonight's playoff scenarios

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    It seems like playoff scenarios are changing on a day-to-day basis this week since there’s such little separation between certain teams. Every point seems precious. (Or, useless, if you’re the home-ice clinching Washington Capitals or a member of the growing legion of teams waiting to go on vacation.) We’ll try to keep you up-to-date with…

  19. NHLN: Top 5 comebacks of the season

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    NHL Network continues its countdowns of the best of the season, with the top five comebacks from this year. It really doesn’t feel like the season should be over yet. Playoffs, here we come.

  20. Should Pronger, Richards play good cop-bad cop?

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    It always amuses me when writers come up with a cockamamie excuse to explain a team’s struggles. The Philadelphia Flyers, in particular, have dealt with strange (but sometimes one must wonder, truthful) rumors about infidelity and in-fighting in their locker room. Perhaps more down-to-earth excuses like “shabby goaltending” and “talent just a few strides behind…

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