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  1. Boudreau, Knuble reflect on Ovechkin hit

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Amid the deluge of opinions on blogs, Twitter and newspapers, certain voices standout. Fellow teammates of the “victim” will usually make safe but critical comments. The most interesting perspectives often come from teammates and coaches of the “accused” though. First, let’s take a look at Bruce “Gabby” Boudreau’s perspective on Alex Ovechkin’s two game suspension.…

  2. Tonight's games: Who's next?

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Ugh, I guess we all better strap in for 24/7 dirty hit talk eh? It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting … someone who’s discussing another violent and/or illegal moment in hockey (don’t worry NHL, the college kids are doing it too!). Since we only have three games I’ll go in order…

  3. Modano has emergency appendectomy

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Whatever they’re giving the hockey players in Friso, Texas is apparently not very good for the appendix. Just a month after Steve Ott had to undergo and emergency appendectomy, Mike Modano has had to have the same surgery. Per the Dallas Stars, Modano had surgery today and will be out indefinitely. Hopefully, we haven’t seen…

  4. DirecTV and Versus reunited and it feels pretty good

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Nervous satellite having hockey fans can put away their pitchforks and torches, two huge media corporations can briefly end their large scale slap fight and the NHL can breathe a huge sigh of relief. DirecTV and Comcast have come to an agreement to allow Versus to appear in DirecTV’s rotation. Versus was pulled off DirecTV’s programing…

  5. Helm angry about (another) blind side hit

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Hey, did you guys hear about the latest controversy surrounding hits to the head and late hits and boarding and intent to injure and the NHL’s double standard for punishments and the inconsistencies from one hit to another hit? – Takes breath – Well, here’s another piece of kindling to throw into the fire that’s…

  6. Ovechkin suspended two games by NHL

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post is reporting that the NHL has suspended Alex Ovechkin two games for his hit on Brian Campbell in yesterday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. I am of a split mind on this decision. First, this is what the NHL should have done from the very beginning. Ovechkin has had…

  7. Waddell: No coaching change this season

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Not every decision Don Waddell has made has been a good one. He’s in a tough situation in Atlanta, but his inability to hold on to his top players has to be alarming. He certainly tried his best with Ilya Kovalchuk, and not every situation was his fault. His decision to not make a coaching…

  8. Stars looking for answer in net

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    In spite of Marc Crawford’s steadfast optimism that the Dallas Stars should continue fighting for a playoff spot, their season is most likely 14 games from being over. The Stars would need to get 23 out of a possible 28 points just to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs, and if you’ve seen the…

  9. Illegal is illegal, regardless of injury

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    With the hockey world still awaiting news of Ovechkin’s suspension, it seems that everyone is weighing in with their opinion on the legality of hits and whether a suspension is worthy and why is Ovechkin getting punished while Matt Cooke got off without one. Well, here’s my take on this whole mess. The NHL takes…

  10. NHL aims to implement new rule this season

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Things are starting to heat up now. With the NHL under fire from all directions regarding illegal hits, head shots and suspensions — or lack thereof — it appears the league is working to get a new rule in place this season that would deem all blindside hits illegal. From TSN’s Darren Dreger: The NHL…

  11. Malkin day-to-day; x-rays negative

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Everyone can rest easy now. Evgeni Malkin’s x-ray came back negative, and he is now listed as day-to-day. From the Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins received good news on Monday in regards to the recent injury to star forward Evgeni Malkin. The defending Art Ross and Conn Smythe champion suffered an undisclosed injury after being hit…

  12. Devils' power play reason for concern

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

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    Every team has weaknesses and every team has points they’ve focused on to improve. As the playoffs draw near, coaches will start harping on the smallest details as they work to improve their team. With the Devils just 2-3-0 in their last five games, coach Jacques Lemaire is not happy with the power play. “Teams…

  13. Ovechkin hearing in progress; suspension likely?

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Follow PHT on Twitter! A decision on whether Alex Ovechkin is suspended because of yesterday’s hit will come down within hours, as Alex Ovechkin is currently in a hearing with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s dean of punishments. Whether he deserves a suspension is the subject of intense debate right now, as it seems the mitigating…

  14. Did Dubinsky break an unwritten rule of fighting?

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    I have to admit I was amused to see the New York Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky thoroughly beat down Mike Richards of the Flyers yesterday. It was obviously an emotionally-fueled fight and it was painfully obvious that Dubinsky won the fight. I also didn’t see anything out of the ordinary with it. Well, perhaps there was…

  15. Panic setting in for the Senators?

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Things are getting serious up in Ottawa. The Senators are yet another team that is struggling coming out of the Olympic break, after winning 14-of-16 games heading into March. There was the hope that Ottawa would be able to lock down a division title and home ice in at least the first round, but now…

  16. Avery's big night proves Tortorella was right

    Mar 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    You know Larry Brooks is smiling this morning. After Brooks lambasted New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for scratching Sean Avery last week, the NHL’s most annoying player responded last night with two goals in a big win against Philadelphia. “I see Sean as a player who is at his best when the games are…

  17. Ducks GM angry about the Olympics effect on his team

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

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    Here’s a shocker: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is angry about the Olympics, and how the Ducks season has fallen apart after returning from the break. “We went in playing well and came out dead,” Murray said, referring to the team’s 14-6 surge before the Olympic break and an 0-4-1 nosedive in the Ducks’ first…

  18. The night the Pens' season almost died

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It was almost the worst scenario imaginable for Penguins fans, and it’s still far from good. In the same game, the Pittsburgh Penguins almost lost both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby to potentially serious injury, and we’re still not certain what the extent of Malkin’s injury might be. Crosby looked to have injured his knee…

  19. The Colin Campbell Crisis Collection

    Mar 15, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Colin Campbell certainly has been a busy man the last few weeks. As a matter of fact, the seemingly constant barrage of dirty/questionable/legal-but-reprehensible hits have kept us quite busy too. (It’s never a good sign when you’re perusing Web sites about neurosurgery.) Anyway, it occurred to us that there have been so many posts regarding controversial…

  20. Campbell could miss regular season, some playoffs

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:50 AM EDT

    Instead of missing three regular season games, it appears that Brian Campbell will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone from the much discussed hit on Sunday. Here’s the word from Second City Hockey. He’ll likely miss the regular season and could miss some significant time in the post-season…

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