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  1. Atlanta Thrashers should fire Don Waddell

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    General manager Don Waddell expects to remain with the Atlanta Thrashers and so does once-beleaguered forward Maxim Afinogenov, according to a story and Tweet by Austin Journal-Constitution reporter Chris Vivlamore. (Late note as I was compiling this post: Bird Watcher’s Anonymous notes that Waddell might be elevated to the team president level. Doesn’t change my general message that he…

  2. Matt Duchene likely in, Peter Mueller out for Avs' game 1

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Colorado Avalanche are likely to see rookie forward Matt Duchene return, but Peter Mueller’s concussion problems might force him to miss some playoff time according to a story in the Denver Post. Duchene finished as Colorado’s third-leading scorer with 55 points (24 goals) and is expected return to the lineup when the Avs open the…

  3. Lightning fire Rick Tocchet, Brian Lawton

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning fired head coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton today, according to a TSN report. This completes a transformation from the Barrie-Koules era: in a single season (heck, in 2010) the team changed its owner, head coach and general manager. Really, the impressive Rocket Richard Trophy run of Steven Stamkos –…

  4. Save of the Night: Henrik Lundqvist

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    It’s a shame that the Rangers couldn’t muster the same overall effort that Henrik Lundqvist did in the final game of the season. He gave everything he had to keep his team in the game and give them a chance.>

  5. Goals of the Night: Crosby and Stamkos

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Steven Stamkos really, really, really wanted this goal. He knew he needed it to tie Sidney Crosby for the Rocket Richard Trophy, and while it wasn’t as exciting as Ovechkin’s it still had some emotion behind it. Here are Crosby’s goals from today as well. </p>

  6. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Draft lottery information

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    With one half of the NHL moving on the postseason, and focusing on their hopeful playoff success the rest of the losers NHL will turn their collective minds to the NHL Entry Draft. The first step in this in the draft lottery, to determine the final draft position of the bottom 14 teams. It gives…

  7. Blues have decision to make with Chris Mason

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis Blues have a tough decision to make this summer when it comes to the goaltending position, but in Chris Mason’s eyes he’s earned the right to keep his spot as the starting goaltender. From Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I don’t think I had a point where I bottomed out,…

  8. Will Teemu Selanne retire this summer?

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

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    It’s bee a season of goodbye’s and possible farewells. Keith Tkachuk is hanging up the skates, and we’re facing the distinct possibility of Mike Modano retiring this summer as well. What about Teemu Selanne? The future hall of fame forward has spent the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks, after starting with the…

  9. Sheldon Souray: "I want a trade."

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Edmonton Oilers finished their season in somewhat expected fashion Sunday, falling to Anaheim in the final game of the 7-2. The team looked wholly disinterested and seemed to be more concerned with just finishing the season and heading out to the golf course, then attempting to close out the season with any form of…

  10. NBC's coverage of the Conference quarterfinals

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

    NBC will carry two (with possible four) games of the NHL conference quarterfinals, as we finally get a national look at Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres and Ilya Bryzgalov and the Phoenix Coyotes. We could also get a look at the Chicago and Nashville series, if they go past four games. Which they most…

  11. 2010 NHL playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals schedule

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

    Here’s the full schedule for the first round of the NHL playoffs, courtesy of NHL.com. Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series A – #1 Washington Capitals vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens Thursday, April 15 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Montreal, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 at Montreal, 7:00…

  12. NBC Video: Who should win Hart?

    Apr 11, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Note: you still can vote in our Hart Trophy poll and also check out the case for each MVP candidate. Enjoy Mike and Pierre’s take on the close race.  

  13. Henrik Sedin wins Art Ross Trophy

    Apr 11, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

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    It was an incredibly exciting finish down the stretch for a couple of teams that didn’t really have much to play for, as Henrik Sedin, Alex Ovechkin and even Sidney Crosby (who made a late charge) battled down to the last game of the season for the NHL scoring lead. In the end, it was…

  14. NBC Video: Top playoff storylines

    Apr 11, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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  15. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference 1st round matchups

    Apr 11, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Thanks to the Devils’ win over the Buffalo Sabres, we can finally be sure about the Eastern Conference playoff seeding. Let’s take a look at the first round. #1 Washington Capitals vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens My goodness, this could be an absolute bloodbath barring a miraculous performance by Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak. The Canadiens are…

  16. Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos tie for Richard trophy

    Apr 11, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos have officially tied for the Rocket Richard Trophy with two excellent 51 goal seasons. This marks the second time in NHL history that the goal scoring award will go to more than one player as the 2003-04 season featured a three-way tie between Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk.…

  17. Steven Stamkos ties Sidney Crosby with goal 51

    Apr 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    When Alex Ovechkin scored an empty net goal with .2 seconds left in the Capitals’ last regular season against the Penguins, I jokingly asked if he “hooked the tights”* on the Richard trophy. * – This is a professional wrestling reference. Yes, I am lame. Anyway, there’s more than a little humor to the fact…

  18. Flyers end Rangers' season via shootout

    Apr 11, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Let me say this: there could not be a funnier (or more fitting) way for the New York Rangers’ season to end than with Olli Jokinen failing. Jokinen is a symbol of all that is wrong with the team. Sure, I actually liked the idea of Glen Sather trading for Jokinen for a simple reason:…

  19. Crosby pulls ahead in Richard race

    Apr 11, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Just a quick update: Sidney Crosby scored a beautiful breakaway goal – his second of the game – to take the goal scoring lead over Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos. That makes it number 51 for the league’s golden boy, placing him in front of his two net filling colleagues. Crosby will finish ahead of his…

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