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  1. Habs melt down as Capitals keep rolling

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Remember a couple of days ago when we were lamenting how Alex Ovechkin was feeling the pressure, how the Caps looked unprepared for the playoffs and how it seemed the Canadiens could actually have a chance at pulling off a monster upset? Well, let’s just end that talk here and now. The Montreal Canadiens have…

  2. Sedins to play on penalty kill unit vs. Kings

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

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    At the Vancouver Canucks realize that what’s costing them wins in the playoffs isn’t some conspiracy, but some horrible execution in a number of key areas. Vancouver will be going with Roberto Luongo in net, so they haven’t exactly addressed that problem. But the absurdly bad penalty killing, in which the the Kings have scored…

  3. Former Wild assistant GM speaks

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Michael Russo has some interesting quotes from former Minnesota Wild assistant GM Tommy Thompson, as he finishes up one last scouting trip overseas. The Wild are under pressure to improve after a mediocre season and years of ‘building’ an underwhelming prospect system. In the interview, Thompson says that he would not have been returning next…

  4. Bryan Elliott hopeful for one more shot

    Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    You have to feel for Brian Elliott. He almost saved the Senators’ season by himself, giving the team stability in net when they needed it the most. Taking over full time for Pascal Leclaire, Eilliott was the defacto goaltender for the Senators as they headed into the postseason series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now, after…

  5. Canucks players speak about NHL 'conspiracy'

    Apr 21, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Like I said yesterday, this conspiracy talk in the NHL isn’t going away anytime soon, and if the Canucks lose this first round series it will just keep heating up. I will say this, and it’s something that one of my good friends brought up yesterday, that if the NHL is conspiring against the Canucks…

  6. Maple Leafs land European goalie Jussi Rynnas

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    For the second straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs landed the European Goalie Du Jour. Last year it was Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson, this year it’s Finnish goalie Jussi Rynnas according to Maple Leafs bloggers Pension Plan Puppets. The blog had one of its community members translate an article about the goalie. Jussi Rynnas, who attracted NHL…

  7. Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter both need surgery

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    I already mentioned the fact that Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne are suffering from foot injuries, but it turns out that the situations are severe enough that both will need surgery on Friday according to TSN. Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter both suffered foot injuries in the contest, and both will have surgery on Friday. According…

  8. Good news all around for NHL TV ratings

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    The NHL and hockey in general are seeing some improved ratings this year according to a handful of articles. It’s not surprising that Canadian numbers are up, but competitive contests and general momentum are making a big difference in the United States too. In the United States, playoff television ratings are reaching pre-lockout levels. The first five nights…

  9. "Fixing" the New Jersey Devils

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a strong understatement: things aren’t looking good for the New Jersey Devils right now. Just look at some of the all-time numbers for teams facing 3-1 series deficits, from Tom Gulitti. The Devils have [come] back from a 3-1 deficit to win only one in their history in eight tries. That was in the 2000…

  10. Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter out for Game 5

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Flyers are up 3-1 and things aren’t looking great for the New Jersey Devils (more on that later), but there is a bit of bad news for the Broadstreet Bullies. Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will miss Game 5 with foot injuries according to The Associated Press. Flyers forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne have…

  11. Instead of Luongo, should Kesler be Canucks' captain?

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    In late March, the writers at my old blog Cycle like the Sedins discussed whether or not the Vancouver Canucks should make Ryan Kesler their “true” captain rather than having goalie Roberto Luongo stand as their unofficial one. As you may know, goalies cannot wear a captain’s ‘C’ but the team considers him their captain, going as…

  12. Carey Price named Canadiens' Game 4 starter

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Joe shared this first, but at that time it was unclear if this was official or not. Martin admitted that Price is going to start in the morning skate today. Word out of Montreal is that Carey Price will start ahead of Jaroslav Halak for a big Game 4 for the Canadiens against the returning…

  13. Lady Byng finalists: Datsyuk, St. Louis, B. Richards

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    It was recently announced on NHL Live that Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards are the finalists for the Lady Byng trophy. Datsyuk has the opportunity to be the first player to ever win it five times in a row and would also be among the most frequent winners of the award (Frank…

  14. Pronger, Kesler shine in 'other' playoff stats

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The playoffs started last Wednesday, so I figure now is a good time to take a look at some of the league leaders. Obviously, you need to keep in mind that some teams played four games while some only played three so far. That’s before we even get to such important factors like “this team…

  15. Crosby, Anderson, Rinne lead playoff week 1 stats

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The playoffs started last Wednesday, so I figure now is a good time to take a look at some of the league leaders. Obviously, you need to keep in mind that some teams played four games while some only played three so far. That’s before we even get to such important factors like “this team…

  16. Joe Pavelski's series-tying overtime GWG

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    One San Jose Sharks player unlikely to face much “choking” talk is Joe Pavelski. In Game 2 the American center scored a late third period that sent the match into overtime; the Sharks would eventually take their first win. Taking it one step further, Pavelski scored the overtime game winner last night, tying the series…

  17. 2010 NHL playoffs: 'Save' of the Night

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Pekka Rinne must have been feeling sorry for Dan Boyle.

  18. 2010 NHL playoffs: Penalty shot in Nashville

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Martin Erat’s penalty shot in the third period iced a big win for the Predators.

  19. 2010 NHL playoffs: Preds win, Sharks take it in OT

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:27 AM EDT

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    After folks in the front office having to face up to some worries about tickets sold, the Nashville Predators proved that you don’t need to worry about anything when you come out and hit the higher seeded opponent square in the figurative mouth. The Predators dropped the Blackhawks 4-1 in a game where they really…

  20. Flyers' Gagne breaks toe

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT

    It wasn’t quite all sunshine for the Philadelphia Flyers after their 4-1 Game 4 win over New Jersey. Tim Panaccio from reports that Flyers forward Simon Gagne suffered a broken toe blocking two shots in the game. The Flyers took X-rays, but did not release the details. Gagne will undergo additional testing on Wednesday.…

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