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  1. Semyon Varlamov trashes Corey Perry and Steve Downie

    May 21, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    While we understand that keeping track of the IIHF World Championships is often an afterthought of hockey fans (and some players alike) it’s not short on drama and explosive words. After Russia took out Canada 5-2 in the quarterfinals, Russian and Washington Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov was asked about Canada’s tough tactics used against the…

  2. Leonsis: NHL in better shape than NBA

    May 21, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    We’re sure you’re all familiar with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis by now but what you may not know is that he’s now the owner of the NBAs Washington Wizards. Leonsis was asked about comparing the two leagues from a financial standpoint and his thoughts were pretty striking. “I’m surprised because now I see all…

  3. Ian Laperriere set to return in Game 4?

    May 21, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

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    If what was seen at Flyers practice today is to be believed, then it’s looking like the Flyers are close to getting back two very important players to their lineup, one in particular may even be back in Game 4. Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post shares with us that Ian Laperriere skated with the fourth…

  4. Malkin won't be traded during off-season

    May 21, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Yeah, I too read the headline I just wrote and have to shake my head that something like this is even a story but here we are nonetheless and we’ve all got the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi to thank for it for what he wrote here the other day. Shero should start making calls to…

  5. Kings assistant coach arrested

    May 21, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    File this one away under “stuff we don’t like to hear about.” Los Angeles Kings assistant coach and former player Mark Hardy was arrested in Washington, D.C. for misdemeanor sexual abuse. Eyewitness News has confirmed Hardy was taken into custody overnight at the Mayflower Hotel. Police said the complaint came from a woman in her…

  6. Ryan O'Byrne: Missing in action

    May 21, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    We’re not sure if you knew this, but a lot of folks in Montreal were clamoring for defenseman Ryan O’Byrne to get the call in the Eastern Conference finals against Philadelphia. O’Byrne is a big, bruising defender and more than capable of laying a hit or five. Going against an overly physical team like Philadelphia…

  7. Roenick still bitter at the Hawks for trading him

    May 21, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    People always say that, “time heals all wounds,” and Jeremy Roenick would like to tell those people to go shut their collective faces. If the Stanley Cup finals comes down to a couple of JR’s former teams, Chicago and Philadelphia, who would Roenick side with? Well… “I said if you had a gun to my…

  8. Blackhawks treating home like the road

    May 21, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

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    It’s safe to say that hockey players are a superstitious breed. They’re particular about who takes care of their sticks, they’ll keep pieces of equipment for years past the stage when you could call them old and moldy and all sorts of other added nonsense. For the Chicago Blackhawks, after having so much success on…

  9. Save of the night: Michael Leighton

    May 21, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Tying one on to the goal of the night, Brian Gionta would get another mini-breakaway on Michael Leighton in the third period, but this time Leighton wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. Michael Leighton was a busy guy last night facing 38 shots on goal and stopping 33 of them. For Montreal, this is the…

  10. Goal of the night: Brian Gionta

    May 21, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    While the Montreal Canadiens were able to turn the tables on the Philadelphia Flyers and do it with a lot of rebound goals and some nifty drop-pass snipes, the prettiest goal of the night belonged to Brian Gionta.   Matt Carle, much like the singer Skee-Lo, wishes he was a little bit taller so he…

  11. The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, May 20

    May 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    We won’t be able to do a nightcap for every game night, but with things ending reasonably early I figured why not? Here’s a collection of today’s PHT material between yours truly and Brandon Worley. Kurtis Foster’s infant daughter passes away – Best wishes go out to Foster and his family. Sharks facing reality: Blackhawks are…

  12. Canadiens ground Flyers 5-1 in Game 3

    May 20, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Through the first three games of at least one series, we’re finally seeing a match where home ice advantage seems to really matter. Unless, of course, it’s a coincidence. Whether it’s home cooking or just increased urgency, the Montreal Canadiens flipped the script in just about every way against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3.…

  13. League announces NHL Green initiative

    May 20, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Despite the fact that all but one game (the Winter Classic, of course) is played indoors in a typical season, hockey’s roots remain as an outdoor sport. It’s where Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky first laced up their skates, not to mention hordes of others. If Al Gore’s worst nightmare comes true and global warming…

  14. Habs lead grows to 3-0 after two periods

    May 20, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens weren’t able to cash in on the 5-on-3 going into the second period, but they still bolstered their lead to 3-0 in the middle frame. Dominic Moore, brother of Bertuzzi victim Steve, scored a nice goal thanks to a pass from Tom Pyatt to give them even more insurance. You can’t really…

  15. Edmonton Oilers new arena decision could come soon

    May 20, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    On the ice, the Edmonton Oilers are looking to bounce back from what was by far the worst season of any NHL team in 09-10 by building up their team with prospects. Much like the once-floundering Pittsburgh Penguins’ struggles with the relatively ancient Mellon Arena, perhaps that influx of potential stars will help Oilers owner…

  16. Habs finally beat Leighton, twice; MTL up 2-0

    May 20, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    After shutting out Montreal in two straight games, Michael Leighon already allowed two goals in the first period. Still, while Canadiens fans provide a token “Leigh-ton” cheer, it might be Chris Pronger who deserves the mockery. The hulking defenseman is already -2 in the game, although the first goal resulted mainly by a crazy bounce…

  17. The downside to playing hurt

    May 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    When a star hockey player is struggling, it’s not crazy to wonder “Is he hurt? Is he injured?” Some might respond with a token “that’s just an excuse” but in the realm of hockey, playing injured isn’t just common. It’s practically expected. So whenever you can get a little perspective on what it must be…

  18. IIHF apologizes to Crosby, NHL

    May 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we covered an article by IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg that blasted Sidney Crosby and a number of other NHL players for declining to participate in this year’s World Championships in Germany. It was a scathing article that attacked the players for “forgetting what brought them riches and fame” and that they have abandoned…

  19. Blackhawks remember when nobody came

    May 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun has a great article up this afternoon on the Chicago Blackhawks and the incredible atmosphere present at their home games. He talked with Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith, the original members of the current team and who were around in 2005 when things just a bit….different. It’s easy to forget…

  20. Marian Hossa trying to solve scoring woes

    May 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks finished off a promising season last year with a disappointing loss in the Conference finals to the Detroit Red Wings. After the loss, for a team that was as talented and as deep as the Hawks were, it was just a matter of making a few tweaks in order to hopefully finally…

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