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  1. 2010 Stanley Cup finals schedule

    May 24, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    Now that the Stanley Cup finals opponents are all set, the NHL is more than happy to announce what the finals schedule will be. I think I speak for everyone here at NBC when I say that I hope it doesn’t end in a sweep. Game 1   Saturday, May 29    8:00 p.m.     Philadelphia…

  2. NHL playoffs – Habs v. Flyers Game 5: Destinies derailed and fulfilled, Flyers win 4-2

    May 24, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

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    The Flyers are headed for a date in the Stanley Cup finals after beating Montreal 4-2 and taking the Eastern Conference finals four games to one. The Flyers were in full control of this game from the moment Mike Richards scored in the first period to tie it. Richards finished the game with three points…

  3. NHL playoffs – Habs v. Flyers Game 5: Flyers take control 3-1

    May 24, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

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    You had a feeling that once Mike Richards scored shorthanded in the first period to tie the game that this game was going to start heading in the wrong direction for the Montreal Canadiens. Consider that gut feeling fulfilled as the Philadelphia Flyers are now 20 minutes away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals for…

  4. Jiri Hudler return official, signs for two years with Detroit

    May 24, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

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    While the season enters the final stages, for some teams the preparations for next season are well underway and the Red Wings are already making themselves better. According to Chris McCosky at The Detroit News, Jiri Hudler is officially returning to North America for at least two years. General manager Ken Holland confirmed Monday afternoon…

  5. NHL Playoffs – Habs v. Flyers Game 5: Habs play give and take, end first period tied 1-1

    May 24, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Montreal has been accustomed to having their backs against the wall during these playoffs. They fought back against the Capitals in Round 1 and did the same against the Penguins in Round 2. Having to do the same against the Flyers this round seems like it’s asking too much of the #8 seed in the…

  6. 2010 NHL playoffs: Habs-Flyers Game 5 preview

    May 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    As the Chicago Blackhawks watch on/heal their wounds/get some dental work done, the Flyers host the Habs in what could be the final game of the Eastern Conference finals. Let’s take a look at some of the storylines of the game along with where you can find coverage. Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers – 7:00 PM…

  7. Tom Pyatt out, Mathieu Darche in for Montreal in Game 5

    May 24, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Tom Pyatt was an absolute factor in the one game that the Montreal Canadiens actually found a way to score in so far against Philadelphia. The rugged forward had a goal and an assist in that lone 5-1 win, but he won’t be able to suit up for the Habs in the first of what…

  8. Sharks restricted free agents: Big money for 'The Big Pavelski'?

    May 24, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Note: This post continues a series that studies the San Jose Sharks’ cap situation. Check out a “big picture” view here and an outlook on the team’s unrestricted free agents here. Restricted free agency is a funny thing in all sports, including the NHL. To simplify the process: a player is given a chance to make some money…

  9. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Scouting Combine begins today

    May 24, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    The Scouting Combine for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft begins today, a mere day after Taylor Hall and the Windsor Spitfires won their second consecutive Memorial Cup. The Combine runs fro, May 24-29 and will give teams an idea about a player’s physical – and in the case of individual interviews, mental – attributes that…

  10. Sharks unrestricted free agents: Outlook on Marleau, Nabokov, Blake

    May 24, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    In the last post, I took a “big picture” look at the San Jose Sharks salary cap situation. The team has enough interesting free agent situations that I feel like their most noteworthy unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents deserve devoted posts. Now, keep in mind, this isn’t based on “insider” tips but rather a…

  11. San Jose Sharks 2010-11 salary cap outlook

    May 24, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    More detail about the Sharks’ unrestricted free agents Analysis regarding the Sharks restricted free agents After being swept by the Chicago Blackhawks, I couldn’t help but wonder: did it mark the “end of an era” for the San Jose Sharks? To say that they have a confusing salary cap situation is putting it lightly. Two…

  12. Videos: Windsor Spitfires win 2010 Memorial Cup

    May 24, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Last night, the Windsor Spitfires dominated the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1 to win the Memorial Cup. It would be excessive to put up videos of every goal, but since American coverage of the game is pretty scarce. So if you haven’t seen any of it, here’s a few highlights from the game. Here’s the first…

  13. Poll: Should the World Championships go on hiatus during Winter Olympic years?

    May 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    During the weekend, Toronto Maple Leafs GM  – also, the man who put together the silver medal winning US team – Brian Burke called for the IIHF World Championships to take the year off during Winter Olympic years. (Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that Burke is also the manager of a U.S. squad that floundered into the…

  14. Reports: Hurricanes sale talk 'much ado over very little'

    May 24, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    A few moments ago I reported that Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was looking to sell 50 percent – maybe more – of the team, preferably to someone in the local North Carolina area. The team issued a statement mentioning that Karmanos has been looking to find a replacement since his partner’s death in 2008 and that…

  15. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos looks to sell at least half of team

    May 24, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    The Carolina Hurricanes look like they might join the group of NHL teams looking for new ownership – at least in some form. The Triangle Business Journal reports that Canes owner Peter Karmanos hired Allen & Co. (the group that advised in the sale of sports teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins) to sell 50…

  16. What you might have missed: Hawks sweep, Czechs gold, Spitfires win Memorial Cup

    May 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    One could make a strong argument that yesterday was the biggest day of hockey – beyond just the NHL – in all of 2010. Seriously, there were some huge games played on a world scale Sunday. In case you missed the three biggest outcomes, here’s a summary of the action, including PHT takes on each…

  17. Controversy surrounding Flyers' sandy skate issues boils over

    May 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The reflexive response is to attach “-Gate” to any controversy (although I wonder what would happen if the Dallas Stars were involved … we already have “Stargate” after all) but perhaps this Flyers-Habs dilemma deserves a couple extra syllables. Maybe we should refer to it as “Sand-on-the-Skategate” instead? Or perhaps the “Great Sandy Skate Debate”?…

  18. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Post-game videos

    May 24, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

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    Here’s the final set of tonight’s videos from NBC’s playoff coverage. First, here’s the last barrage of interviews from Jonathan Toews, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and Sharks coach Todd McLellan.   Next, the NBC Crew discusses the impact of defensive-minded forwards including Mike Richards and Dave Bolland.   Here’s the presentation of the Campbell Trophy,…

  19. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Highlight videos, including Star Cam and Sounds of the Game

    May 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Expect all kinds of Chicago-San Jose video goodies in this post. First, here’s the highlights of the game.   Next, San Jose Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski are featured on NBC’s Starm Cam videos.   Not to be out-done, the Chicago Blackhawks have all kinds of star power, so naturally their Star Cam…

  20. Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires win Memorial Cup by beating Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1

    May 23, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    The Windsor Spitfires became one of only eight teams to win back-to-back Memorial Cup tonight, destroying the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1. Considering the fact that probable No. 1 pick Taylor Hall became the first player to ever win back-to-back tournament MVPs, you have to wonder if – somewhere – the Edmonton Oilers are smiling. Allan…

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