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Mike Chen

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Mistakes, Bad Habits Getting In Vancouver Canucks Way Against Boston Bruins

The Vancouver Canucks haven't dominated any game of this tied Stanley Cup Finals series. Instead, the Boston Bruins continue to dictate play. What can the Canucks do to recover their swagger before it's too late?

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Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Will Blowout Loss Shake Vancouver Canucks' Confidence?

No one could have predicted Boston's 8-1 blowout over the Canucks. Will Vancouver shake it off as just a bump in the road or has Boston finally gotten under their skin?

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Vancouver Canucks Continue To Bend, Not Break Against Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins had plenty to be happy with in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. However, the Vancouver Canucks are showing that they only need a few chances to come back for a win.

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Vancouver Canucks Beat Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins At Their Own Game

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final played right into the Bruins' style -- which means Vancouver's last-minute win is all the more dangerous to Boston's Cup hopes.

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Stanley Cup Final 2011: For Defense-First Boston Bruins, History Not On Their Side

This year's Cup Final features the high-flying Vancouver Canucks and defense-first Boston Bruins. Can the Bruins system shut down the Canucks? If you're looking to history in skill vs. defense battles, skill almost always wins.

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Canucks Vs. Sharks, Game 4: Alain Vigneault Makes Adjustments, Vancouver Wins Game Of Inches

In Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, Vancouver's Alain Vigneault won the coaching battle by nullifying San Jose's special teams. How will San Jose's Todd McLellan respond in Game 5?

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Western Conference Final: Injuries, Penalties Define Game 3

Injuries and penalty trouble affected both San Jose and Vancouver in Game 3. What sort of impact will this make on Sunday's critical Game 4?

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Canucks Vs. Sharks: After Game 2 Blowout, Major Adjustments Needed For San Jose

They say a playoff series isn't a series until someone loses at home. After confidently defending Rogers Centre Ice, the Vancouver Canucks are in complete control of the Western Conference Final. Will things change when they get to San Jose?

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San Jose Sharks Stick To Pattern, Blow Another Lead In Game 1

The San Jose Sharks may be in the Western Conference Final, but their inability to hold leads late has made it a bumpy road here. Game 1 followed this pattern; what can they do to change this?

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Detroit Red Wings Vs. San Jose Sharks, Behind The Numbers: How Close Is The Series?

Every game in the Detroit/ San Jose series has been decided by one goal. How close has it been? Entering Game 6, the numbers are closer than you might think.

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Lightning Vs. Predators Stanley Cup Final: Good Or Bad For NHL Business

There's still an outside chance for the Nashville Predators to meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Would such a match-up be an NHL business disaster or an opportunity to make in-roads in non-traditional markets?

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Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators On Brink; What Happens If They Lose?

One series is a sweep, and the other three are poised to be done by the weekend. For four teams, their season looks to be closing much sooner than anticipated. Will these lopsided series losses create wholesale changes in the offseason?

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Philadelphia Flyers And Goalie Evgeni Nabokov: Looking Back At What Could Have Been

In June 2010, the Philadelphia Flyers tried to sign Evgeni Nabokov. Nearly a year later, the Flyers have playoff goaltending issues and Nabokov is sitting at home in contract limbo. If things had gone differently, what might have happened for both sides of the deal?

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Whining Or Strategy? Why Coaches Complain About Officiating In NHL Playoffs

We're not even halfway done with the Stanley Cup playoffs and we've already seen coaches publicly complain about officiating. Are they whining or is there something more strategic in play here?

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Despite Game 7 Win, Vancouver Canucks Still Face Pressure Cooker

Vancouver prevented a historic collapse by winning Game 7 in overtime. But while the team's fans celebrated for one night, it's still just a first-round victory -- and the pressure's on for more.

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Vancouver Canucks Blown-Lead Rhapsody (As Sung By Queen)

If Freddie Mercury were a Vancouver Canuck's fan, he might have re-penned Bohemian Rhapsody like this in anticipation of tonight's epic Game 7.

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Movin' On Up: Nashville Predators Advance To Second Round After 13 Years, Five Playoff Failures

The Nashville Predators have been in the NHL for 13 years, making the playoffs for nearly half their existence. However, it took Sunday's Game 6 win over Anaheim to finally get to the second round. Before they go forward, take a look back at Nashville's playoff history.

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Phoenix Coyotes Ownership Saga Returns To Spotlight As Team Falls In Deep Playoff Hole

With the shine of the Stanley Cup Playoffs almost gone in Phoenix, the focus will once again be on the Coyotes ownership situation. After two years, it's time for some resolution. Is a happy ending still possible for fans in the desert?

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Bruins' Claude Julien Facing More Than Just Deep Series Deficit In Game 3

After going down 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, there's no doubt that Game 3 is a must-win for the Boston Bruins to stay in the series. However, for coach Claude Julien, there's a lot more at stake.

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NHL Playoffs 2011, Predators Vs. Ducks: First Round's Most Compelling Series

The national TV schedule is skipping the first-round match-up between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators, which is a shame because these two teams offer up what should be a brutal and entertaining series.

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Will Phoenix Coyotes Fans 'Throw The Snake' Again In 2011 Playoffs?

Last year, Phoenix Coyotes fans created an online stir with the "Throw The Snake" meme. With a rematch against the Detroit Red Wings around the corner, will fans revive the call to toss rubber snake on to the ice?

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Fresh Start: NHL Playoffs 2011 Allow Officials To Wipe Slate, Call Games According To Rule

As usual, the NHL's standard of officiating has slipped during the stretch drive. Will they continue to let obstruction and interference mar the Stanley Cup playoffs or will the league start fresh on Wednesday night?

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Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 26: Canucks Still Lead In Season's Final Week

On the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs, who's hot and who's not? It's the penultimate edition of the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings.

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Flipping The Switch: Does Regular Season Momentum Lead To NHL Playoff Success?

Is Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs truly a new season with a fresh start, or do habits from the regular season creep into playoff performance? A look at how streaking and slumping teams have fared.

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NHL Standings: Would Ditching Loser Point Improve Hockey's On-Ice Product?

Two points for a win. One point for a shootout win. No points for losing. Could this system prevent not-to-lose hockey?

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Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 25: Blackhawks, Canadiens Fall Hard

If Power Rankings provide us with a snapshot of how a team is doing, then this week's aggregated collection show that some teams are rising to the challenge of earning a playoff spot while other teams are letting things slide away.

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Aggregated NHL Power Rankings, Week 24: Movement Galore

With just a few weeks left, teams are moving all over the middle of the standings. And just like in real life, the Aggregated NHL Power Rankings are in flux too.

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NHL Head Hits: Video Of Every Controversial Shot From This Season

Before judging Todd Bertuzzi's hit on Ryan Johnson, take a moment to review this NHL season's controversial hits and suspensions. How do Bertuzzi's actions compare to all of these plays?

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How The Los Angeles Kings Can Survive Anze Kopitar's Injury

When Anze Kopitar's ankle broke, plenty of people wrote off the Los Angeles Kings. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins have shown that teams can emerge after learning to play without star players.

BoC: Brotherly Love Or Sibling Rivalry?

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I admit it. While at the Shark Tank last night, I checked the score of the Dallas/Anaheim game and was actually rooting for The Team That Sleek Built. I think Ryan Getzlaf is a big doo-doo head but...

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