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  1. Canadiens nurse 1-0 lead through 2nd period

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:37 PM EDT

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    The Washington Capitals are 20 minutes away from an unceremonious end to what was supposed to be their greatest season ever. As usual, Washington is out-shooting Montreal, this time 24-11 through two periods. Despite all those shots, it seems like the Canadiens are willing to go that extra mile with conservative defense and plenty of…

  2. Capitals vs. Canadiens Game 7: Keys to the game

    Apr 28, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

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    In case you didn’t know, last night was the first of back-to-back Game 7’s. While the Detroit Red Wings taking on the Phoenix Coyotes isn’t exactly as momentous a game as the Habs having a chance to knock off the Capitals, there are some similarities between the two games. Despite the Coyotes heading into the…

  3. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Capitals vs. Candiens Game 7 Notes

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Here are some news and notes from around the blogosphere leading up to tonight’s momentous Game 7. First, let’s start off with owner Ted Leonsis. He’s an opinionated fella, and the Capitals’ fan sense of “us against the world” persona starts with him. With a post full of one-word descriptors, here’s what he had to…

  4. Live Chat tonight for Habs-Caps Game 7

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Much like yesterday’s Red Wings-Coyotes game, PHT is going to run a live chat of tonight’s Canadiens-Capitals Game 7. The game itself starts at 7:00 pm ET, but we’ll get the discussion rolling at 6:45 pm ET. Will the Washington Capitals solve Jaroslav Halak at home after his amazing Game 6 performance? Can the Caps go…

  5. A decade of NHL Draft debates

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Dani Toth brought up an interesting “What if?” question today. She asked if the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted the right man when they chose Steven Stamkos instead of Drew Doughty. Depending on how you look at it, it’s a grizzly bear of a question: do you go with the electric goal scorer or the Norris-nominated defenseman?…

  6. The odds of a #8 beating a #1 in NHL playoffs

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

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    (Dikembe Mutombo knows upsets.) One of my biggest criticisms of the NBA is that the league is too predictable. Sure, there’s the occasional Golden State Warriors shocking the Dallas Mavericks/Dikembe Mutombo joyously celebrating an upset of the Seattle Supersonics, but really the big dogs almost always win. That’s one of the great things about the…

  7. Looking at the Coyotes' on-ice future

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Obviously, the biggest off-season questions for the Phoenix Coyotes center around “who will be their owner?” and “where will they play this year and beyond?” Still, if coach Dave Tippett and the scrappy bunch showed us anything, it’s that the ownership issues aren’t the only story when it comes to this team. It’s difficult (dare I…

  8. How the Ovechkin-Caps fared in Game 7's

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    It’s kind of stunning to think that every single Alex Ovechkin Era Washington Capitals playoff series went to a Game 7. Whether it was a marquee matchup with Pittsburgh or seemingly mundane clashes with the Rangers and Canadiens, the Caps have been pushed to the brink each and every time. Oddly enough, each series also…

  9. Kovalchuk not a good fit for Devils?

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    E.J. Hradek of ESPN has an interesting suggestion for the New Jersey Devils: forget about signing Ilya Kovalchuk and focus on other, more glaring issues. Simply, I’d tell GM Lou Lamoriello not to waste any more time with Ilya Kovalchuk. Move on. Let it go. Make other plans. If the Devils want to win another…

  10. Shane Doan had separated shoulder

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Well, now we know what was the issue with Shane Doan. According to Sergey Kocharov, PR director of the Phoenix Coyotes, Doan suffered a separated shoulder in Game 3. It’s an injury that normally takes about 4-6 weeks to return from, at full health, and Doan was fighting to return for Game 6 and 7.…

  11. The 2010 Jack Adams Award finalists

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Here are the Jack Adams Award finalists, given to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success. The award is voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association at the end of the regular season. Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes Joe Sacco, Colorado Avalanche Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators There’s almost no…

  12. Tom Hicks denies report team received advances from NHL

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    As expected, Tom Hicks has vehemently denied yesterday’s report by David Shoalts that lumped the Dallas Stars into a group of teams that needed advanced money from revenue sharing and/or television money. That’s not to say that the Dallas Stars deny needing advanced money. According to Hicks, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:…

  13. Goaltender Ben Scrivens signs contract with Maple Leafs

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    TSN is reporting today that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free agent goaltender Ben Scrivens to a one-year, entry level contract. Scrivens was a college free agent who played four years with Cornell, and after a statistically impressive senior year (21-9-4, 0.934 save percentage) there was no doubt he’d sign with an NHL team.…

  14. Pearson award to be named after Ted Lindsay

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Courtesy of Alan Maki of the Globe & Mail in Toronto, we find out that one of the NHL’s awards is going to get a change done to it for the better. The Lester B. Pearson award for the league most valuable player as voted on by the players will now be known as the…

  15. Goals of the night: Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Stuart

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    It seems crazy that Brad Stuart would join Pavel Datsyuk in the same post about scoring the goal of the night but it’s the playoffs and sometimes these things happen, it just doesn’t usually happen that both of these guys would score breakaway goals.  First up, Pavel Datsyuk shows why he’s the master of the…

  16. Save of the night: Ilya Bryzgalov

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    While he was more than busy enough stopping 44 shots on the night in a losing effort, it wasn’t without looking spectacular and even a bit fortunate at times as well, like on his stop of Dan Cleary in the second period. Ilya Bryzgalov was the last of this year’s Vezina trophy finalists left in…

  17. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Game 7 Highlights

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Here’s the highlights from yesterday’s game:  

  18. Wings hate storybooks, beat Coyotes and win series

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    If you thought things might get turned around after a demoralizing end to the second period for the Coyotes… Then you were still caught up in the storybook storyline potential that this Detroit-Phoenix series had. Instead, reality set in and the Wings took out the Coyotes in Game 7 of their opening round series 6-1.…

  19. Game 7 update: End of 2 – Wings lead Yotes 4-1

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    For as much as the first period was a feeling out process with the Red Wings pouring shots on goal against Coyotes netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, the second period showed that the Red Wings were not about to stop what they were doing unleashing a beastly attack to take a 4-1 lead after two periods. For…

  20. Game 7 update: Wings-Coyotes tied 0-0

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Call it a “feeling out” period if you will as the Red Wings and Coyotes with their playoff lives on the line play a tight, mostly mistake-free first period that ends with the score knotted at 0-0.  Each team got a crack on the power play but each team was, obviously, denied a goal. Meanwhile,…

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