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  1. Willis Tower to glow red for Blackhawks

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Per, Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) will be illuminated red each night the Blackhawks have a game in the playoffs. My first thought, was how were they going to light up the entire tower red? Put red lights in every 1,527,891,498 window? Turns out, that starting tonight, it’s the two antennas on…

  2. Zdeno Chara impressed with fellow giant Tyler Myers

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

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    If there’s one defenseman in the NHL who can identify with literally towering over the competition, it’s the 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara. So of course he’s going to be asked about the large defenseman on the other side of the ice from him in the first round series against the Sabres. And of course Chara, who…

  3. 2010 NHL playoffs: Capitals, Canucks highlights

    Apr 16, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Here are the highlights from last night’s great games. Eventually someone will win by more than a goal, but for now I’m just going to enjoy these one-goal games.  

  4. Is the pressure getting to Alex Ovechkin?

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Aside from the story of how Tomas Plekanec actually backed up his big words — something you don’t see everyday in professional sports — the story this morning is surrounding Alex Ovechkin and his zero shots on goal. The Capitals were foiled by much more than just Ovechkin being a non-factor for much of the…

  5. Roberto Luongo's confidence returning?

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    If the Vancouver Canucks have aspirations of going any deeper in the playoffs than the second round, they’ll need Roberto Luongo to be just a bit more consistent. He has the ability to be an elite goaltender, and is routinely considered one of the top netminders in the NHL. Yet there are times when he…

  6. 2010 NHL playoffs: Goal of the Night

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Tomas Plekanec backed up his big words with a big goal last night, but I want to point something else in this video out. Look at what led directly to the goal: the Capitals had trouble all night long in their transition game, making one lackadaisical pass after another. Here it was the same, which…

  7. 2010 NHL playoffs: Save(s) of the Night

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    This is what playoff hockey is all about. Two goaltenders trading great saves in overtime, doing whatever they must in order to preserve the win. Jonathan Quick: Roberto Luongo:

  8. Mikael Samuelsson gives Canucks 3-2 OT win

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:20 AM EDT

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    Mikael Samuelsson had a great 30-goal season even despite missing some time, but that might just be a mild appetizer if his first playoff game as a Vancouver Canuck is any indication. The Swedish center has been one of the main beneficiaries of the quantum leap the Sedin twins made this season. I mentioned this…

  9. Kings-Canucks game goes to OT

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:38 AM EDT

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    For playoff overtime lovers (aka any hockey fan with a pulse), today’s been a goldmine. Not to be outclassed by the Canadiens-Capitals thriller, the late game between Vancouver and Los Angeles is going into overtime too. Neither team could muster a goal after the wild, four-goal second period. The Versus crew points out an interesting…

  10. Backbreaking goal of the night: J.P. Dumont

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

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    From tonight’s Nashville-Chicago game, J.P. Dumont scores the Predators first goal of the night, and the first of two for himself, in rather embarrassing fashion for Blackhawks netminder Antti Niemi. This goal helped to swing the momentum instantly for the Predators in a game they ended up winning 4-1.

  11. LA-Vancouver tied 2-2 after wild 2nd period

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT

    After a rough-and-tumble (but scoreless) first period, the Kings and Canucks combined for an exciting four-goal second. The highlight reel goal was scored by the Sedin twins. Henrik Sedin led a rush up the ice, deftly passing the puck to his brother Daniel. Then “The Shooting Sedin” Daniel took advantage of a little extra space…

  12. Vancouver-LA tied 0-0 through the 1st period

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    As the hockey world shakes off the shock of the Montreal Canadiens’ upset of the Washington Capitals, there’s one game left for puckheads willing to go into work with some goalie creases under their eyes. The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings wrestled to a 0-0 tie in the first period of their Game 1…

  13. Tomas Plekanec backs up big words with OT winner

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

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    “Tomas who? Jagr?” [Jose] Theodore said, referring to five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr, Plekanec’s Olympic teammate with the Czech Republic. “Oh, Plekanec, okay. I thought you meant Jagr.” (from the Washington Post) Journalism professors discourage you from using “quote leads” but being that I’m writing this in my underwear, I think that I’ve broken most…

  14. Buffalo wins 2-1, Habs-Caps goes to OT

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    In the second night of the playoffs, we already have our first overtime game. Both the Capitals and Canadiens scored a single goal in the third period, with Nicklas Backstrom scoring first for Washington and Scott Gomez tying things up 2-2. Jaroslav Halak has been massive for Montreal, stopping 39 out of 41 shots in…

  15. Scott Gomez ties Caps-Habs 2-2

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

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    Wow, what a goal by Scott Gomez. The Alaskan forward streaked through a Capital or two going through the neutral zone, then the Montreal Canadiens made a great tic-tac-toe passing play to set up Gomez for the goal. The Capitals were mesmerized by the outstanding puck movement as Gomez slipped past Mike Green for a tap-in. I’m…

  16. Nicklas Backstrom gives Caps 2-1 lead

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Perhaps I should save all judgments for after games so I don’t jinx people … as much. It didn’t take long for the Washington Capitals to take a third period lead as Nicklas Backstrom slammed home a lose puck to give them a 2-1 lead. Both of the home teams lead 2-1 early in the third…

  17. Ryan Miller, goalies stealing the show so far

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

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    Last night, upsets were the story. Tonight – so far at least – it seems like the first two games will be about great goaltending. Tomas Plekanec was talking some serious smack about the Montreal Canadiens’ superior goalies and so far, Jaroslav Halak is living up to the forward’s boastful words. Halak has 26 saves…

  18. Craig Rivet makes it 2-1 Buffalo

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    In the playoffs, every point shot can make fans’ blood pressure go up. After all, as hot as a goalie can be, you cannot stop a puck you can’t see right? Craig Rivet boomed a slapper past Boston’s Tuukka Rask, scoring a goal that the Finnish netminder had very little hope of stopping. Random, useless…

  19. Mark Recchi ties Buffalo vs. Boston 1-1

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Every goal seems so unique and special for the Boston Bruins that you might as well just call them snowflakes (although Alaskans have approximately 5 million names for snow, apparently). The seemingly indestructible Mark Recchi scored a powerplay goal thanks to a big rebound allowed by USA Olympic Hero Ryan Miller. Some Bruins fans were…

  20. Capitals tie game 1-1

    Apr 15, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

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    Jaroslav Halak was looking awfully sharp, keeping Montreal in a game despite the team being outplayed. Joe Corvo scored what almost seemed like an inevitable goal from the point as Halak was screened by Jason Chimera. There’s a chance that it might have been deflected, but from the looks of things I believe it was…

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