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  1. Quick hits: Tanking, icing and bonuses

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Here are a few mini-stories from around the league, newspapers and blogosphere today. Versus beefs up coverage Great news for hockey fans gearing up for the stretch run as Versus added a bunch of games for the next week. Here’s the lowdown from Puck Daddy. Exclusive regularly scheduled games:April 5: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7:00…

  2. NHL Playoff Update: West statements, Eastern whimpers

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Many hockey fans will barely bat an eye at the general rule of last night’s games: the West teams with big games came through while the East teams suffered some disappointing defeats. The Philadelphia Flyers, in particular, must feel some serious April Fools Day shame after losing to the New York Islanders in a game…

  3. Sebastien Caron signing highlights Flyers' net crisis

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    As a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, there isn’t a bigger dual shot of comedy than the Philadelphia Flyers signing Sebastien Caron, but I have to admit that even I feel pretty bad for fans of the Broadstreet Bullies. Travis at Broadstreet Hockey shared that news and his commentary on the sad situation is spot-on. We’ll link you…

  4. Ryane Clowe, Alex Burrows OK after shots to throat

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Is this a week in which no throat is safe? Few things are as scary as when an NHL player takes a hard shot to the head, but I cannot help but note how strange it is than two different players took pucks to the throat this week. First, San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe…

  5. Save of the Night: Pekka Rinne

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    To my great relief, it seems like I didn’t jinx the Nashville Predators, after all. At least I hope. The team won a hard fought game against the suddenly streaking St. Louis Blues 3-2 thanks in part to the work of underrated goalie Pekka Rinne. The Finnish netminder might not be Vezina-worthy, but he’s not unlike…

  6. Goal(s) of the Night: Dustin Brown's hat trick

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Kings beat the Canucks so badly last night that people were making comparisons (jokingly, at least I think) to Patrick Roy’s disastrous final performance as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. Los Angeles pounded Vancouver 8-3 at Staples Center on the strength of a team effort, but captain Dustin Brown stood out with a…

  7. Video: Todd Bertuzzi's controversial goal

    Apr 2, 2010, 7:45 AM EDT

    I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, although I understand that there are a number of fans throughout the NHL that are convinced that their team has a target on it’s back. The Red Wings fall into this category, based on the fact on the number of controversial calls that have gone against Detroit the past…

  8. Follow up: Armstrong's elbow to Matthieu Perreault

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:42 AM EDT

    Last night, I posted about Colby Armstrong’s forearm shiver to the jaw of Washington’s Mathieu Perreault. I judged my opinion on seeing the hit live and with one replay, and questioned whether the hit would fall under the NHL’s new ‘blind side’ hits to the head rule. After seeing many replays of the hit since…

  9. Sharks should worry about defense, not Nabokov

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Last night, Joe Yerdon wrote about Evgeni Nabokov’s struggles of late, that has corresponded with the Sharks’ frustrating play since the Olympic break. His March numbers were certainly pedestrian and not up to the standard we’re used to seeing him play at, but I contend that Evgeni Nabokov is the least of the San Jose…

  10. Colby Armstrong's elbow to test NHL's new rule?

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    Since the NHL adopted a new ‘rule’ that allows the league to assign punishment for blindside hits to the head, which previously were legal, we’ve yet to see a play that tested the change. Until tonight. Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong rocked Washington’s Matthieu Perreault, with a hit that should break about three rules on his way…

  11. Andrew Ference frustrates Boston Bruins fans

    Apr 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, I also will provide my guess. First, here is my guess for Boston. Dennis Wideman – Wideman is…

  12. Tonight's games: A hope and a prayer

    Apr 1, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Once again, there’s a playoff impact (either big or small) for every one of tonight’s games. There are four that stand out as being more interesting, though, so we’ll focus on those. Vancouver Canucks (46-26-4, 96 pts) at Los Angeles Kings (43-27-6, 92 pts) 10:30 PM ET I have to admit, I’m starting to wonder…

  13. Pucktales: Winnipeg move would be Coyote ugly

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Art by: Deven “Gray” Hoover from Couch Tarts Concept by: Brandon Worley

  14. LA Kings say that Jonathan Quick is still No.1

    Apr 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    As my buddy Chris Kontos from the Royal Half wrote before the season started, most people expected Jonathan Bernier to be the Los Angeles Kings’ starter this season instead of Jonathan Quick. Instead, the American goalie Quick has soaked up W’s like hot cakes and seemed to be doing just fine until the birth of his first child.…

  15. Buffalo Sabres are quietly East's hottest team

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    While the Capitals, Penguins and Devils sleep walk their way into the playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres are quietly rounding into the hottest team in the East. To me, their situation echoes Vancouver’s in the West; they may not have much in the way of sexy talent, but they have an elite Olympian in net and…

  16. NHL Playoff Update: The mighty fall

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Last night was … interesting, to say the least. Plenty of teams previously on Vulture Circle Watch are now showing some surprising signs of life while once-hot teams are crashing down to Earth. Both the Sharks and the Coyotes dropped games to Western foes while the Blackhawks defeated the hapless Wild convincingly with a 4-0…

  17. Stempniak, Howard, H. Sedin named March's top stars

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    It seems oddly appropriate that Lee Stempniak would be named the first star for the month of March on April Fool’s Day. (By the way, I can’t speak for Brandon or Joe, but I see little point in trying to run some kind of prank today. Seems like a waste of energy, but perhaps I’m wrong.) Stempniak’s…

  18. Chicago Blackhawks have little choice beyond Niemi

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Unfortunately for the Chicago Blackhawks, debating which goalie they should hand the reins to isn’t the solid versus great discussion that Boston finds itself in. Instead, it might be closer to picking your poison. Still, it’s quite clear that Cristobal Huet’s confidence has been shattered by a rough season. Antti Niemi – while by no…

  19. Tomas Kaberle and Ron Wilson not getting along

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    It feels like there have been rumors about Tomas Kaberle leaving the Maple Leafs since the team went from disappointing to lottery fodder, but perhaps the exodus will happen voluntarily (instead of via trade as what is usually hinted at). Apparently, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Kaberle and coach Ron Wilson aren’t getting…

  20. Save of the Night: Marc-Andre Fleury

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Marc-Andre Fleury can be an absolutely maddening goalie sometimes – especially when he handles (or should I say, mishandles?) the puck. Still, the former top overall pick also has moments of considerable brilliance that make up for his occasional bonehead plays. This was one of those times as he made a nice kick save against…

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