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  1. The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, April 6

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Goal or not?: Nicklas Backstrom…

  2. Playoff update: West is booked, East thins out

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    It may have taken the shootout to make it happen, but the Western Conference playoff field is set.  The Colorado Avalanche locked down the final spot in the West by knocking down the eventual #3 seed Vancouver in the shootout 4-3 courtesy of a sweet goal from rookie Matt Duchene. The Avs were in a…

  3. Race for the Richard Trophy

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

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    What’s sure to be one of the highlighted races as the season winds down is the race between Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.  If you’ve been under a rock the last couple years, the Richard Trophy goes to the NHLs top goal scorer.  After tonight’s games, the…

  4. Keith Ballard's own goal

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

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    Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard must really have it out for his goaltender Thomas Vokoun.  Earlier this year he cracked Vokoun in the head with his stick after allowing a bad goal. Tonight he’s added another gaffe to the “My Bad” pile. At this rate Ballard probably owes Vokoun a dinner or twelve and having this…

  5. Save of the night: Ryan Miller

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Save of the night tonight is already in the bag even with a few games still being played.  This comes to you from Buffalo with Captain America Ryan Miller making an incredible stick save on the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik. The Sabres beat the Rangers 5-2 to help make the Rangers road to the playoffs a…

  6. Thrashers eliminated from playoff contention

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

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    It just had to end this way for the Thrashers, didn’t it? Going into a win-or-die game at home against the team they traded their former franchise player to in front of a, to be polite, sparse crowd at Philips Arena and the Thrashers manned up by… Getting shut out 3-0 and being knocked out…

  7. Martin Brodeur wins #600

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Not that you needed to know just how good Martin Brodeur is, but with New

  8. Vote for Bertuzzday V

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    James has been kind enough to hand over his baby boy project to me. No, not his affinity for Sidney Crosby, some powerful folks might get angry about that turf being encroached upon. Instead it’s time to Vote for Bertuzzday.  First things first, the previous four winners: 1. Matt Cooke 2. Alex Ovechkin 3. Rocky…

  9. How the Kings prepare for the playoffs

    Apr 6, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    The words “playoffs” and “Los Angeles Kings” haven’t gone together in a few years (since 2001-2002 to be exact) so you’ll have to forgive head coach Terry Murray if being asked about how to prepare for the playoffs is a bit new to him as it’s his first time back there since he took the…

  10. Jim 'The Hulk' Playfair wins Bertuzzday IV

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    With Monday behind us, you know that means only one thing … it’s Bertuzzday! OK, it actually means plenty of other things too, but Bertuzzday celebrations are the most important. Right? Anyway, before we get to the exciting nominees, let’s take a look at who ended up winning Bertuzzday IV. Unlike part III, this race…

  11. Quick hits: Langenbrunner is a sad panda

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    There have been a lot of different stories floating around the NHL today, but some of them might be more like a kernel and less like a fluffy, delicious piece of popcorn. While you contemplate smelling up your break room or kitchen by microwaving some popcorn, I’ll throw out a few quick hits from the…

  12. Penguins, Capitals still have plenty to play for

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals play against each other, it feels like a mini-event. Tonight’s game might not have the same pizazz, spunk or crunchiness for the simple reason that it makes no difference to the Capitals … at least from a standings standpoint. Something tells me that the team can always clear out…

  13. Ilya Kovalchuk trade impact on Devils, Thrashers

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Ilya Kovalchuk was supposed to be the Moses of the Atlanta Thrashers. Even from his first season, few could doubt the left winger’s all-world goal scoring abilities. Before Alex Ovechkin came along, it seemed like “Kovy” was going to be the heir apparent to Pavel Bure as an unstoppable Russian goal scoring machine. Either way,…

  14. Top 10 goals of 09-10 season: NHL Network's picks

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Everyone loves top 10 lists right? No, you think they’re cheap and rarely reflect what is actually the top 10 of anything? Well, way to go party pooper. Anyway, the NHL Network put together its best goals of the year (so far) so I thought I’d pass it along. Feel free to talk about goals…

  15. Are the Canucks in trouble without Ehrhoff?

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    If I had to pick a “most resilient” team for the 2009-10 season, it would probably be the Phoenix Coyotes, but the Vancouver Canucks aren’t far behind. They’ve dealt with a historic road trip, the unexpected struggles of their “captain”/goalie Roberto Luongo and the loss of key defenseman Willie Mitchell. But at least one writer – Ian Macintyre…

  16. Martin Brodeur aims for 600th win vs. Atlanta

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Martin Brodeur will be going for his 600th career win tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers. Obviously, since he broke Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record last season, Brodeur would be the first NHL goalie ever to reach that mark. NHL.com ran a nice timeline of when some of his wins came. Career          …

  17. Save of the Night: Jose Theodore

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Jose Theodore put up a really strong effort last night, saving 28 out of 30 shots to give the Capitals a 3-2 OT win over the desperate but ailing Boston Bruins. Theodore was unreal during this sequence, particularly the kick save he makes toward the end of the video.

  18. New Phoenix Coyotes lease not yet official

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Coyotes and the city of Glendale, Arizona have not yet officially altered the lease that is hampering the sale of the franchise. Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic writes that – contrary to what was reported by ESPN -the city has “not officially ‘approved’ proposals because the discussions have occurred only during private meetings” and that…

  19. Will Pens, Devils or Sabres gain East No. 2 seed?

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Earlier today I broke down the Eastern Conference’s bottom three playoff spots and the four teams who have a good shot of filling them. My blog buddy Marty Vance took a look at the other end of the East spectrum, assessing which of the New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins had the best chance to…

  20. Breaking down the Eastern bubble race

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Last night I chronicled the comparatively straightforward race for the Western Conference’s eighth seed. In the East, things are a lot more complicated; there are essentially four teams competing for the bottom three spots. The top team (Montreal) and bottom team (Atlanta) are only separated by five points. It’s close – really close – in…

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