NHL 2012 Draft

PHT’s 2012 NHL Entry Draft Tracker

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Here’s a comprehensive rundown of all the picks and trades from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The first round broadcast live by NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

(Round 2-7 will take place on Saturday, broadcast live by NHL Network beginning at 10 a.m., ET.)

Round 1

1. Edmonton — Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia Sting (see video below)
2. Columbus — Ryan Murray, D, Everett Silvertips
3. Montreal — Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia Sting
4. NY Islanders — Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton Oil Kings
5. Toronto — Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw Warriors
6. Anaheim — Hampus Lindholm, D, Rogle Jr. (Sweden)
7. Minnesota — Matthew Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels
8. Pittsburgh (from Carolina) — Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland Winterhawks
9. Winnipeg — Jacob Trouba, D, US National  Team Development Program
10. Tampa Bay — Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough Petes
11. Washington (from COL) — Filip Forsberg, C/LW, Leksands IF (Sweden)
12. Buffalo — Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec Remparts
13. Dallas — Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener Rangers
14. Buffalo (from Calgary) — Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque Fighting Saints
15. Ottawa — Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa 67’s
16. Washington — Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth Whalers
17. San Jose — Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia Praha (Czech Republic)
18. Chicago — Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (Finland)
19. Tampa Bay (from DET) — Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, Ufa (Russia)
20. Philadelphia — Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa Generals
21. Calgary (from Buffalo, via NSH) — Mark Jankowski, C, Stanstead College (Quebec)
22. Pittsburgh — Olli Maatta, D, London Knights
23. Florida — Mike Matheson, D, Dubuque Fighting Saints
24. Boston — Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville Bulls
25. St. Louis — Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay Gamblers
26. Vancouver — Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville Bulls
27. Phoenix — Henrik Samuelsson, RW, Edmonton Oil Kings
28. NY Rangers — Brady Skjei, D, US National Team Development Program
29. New Jersey — Stefan Matteau, C, US National Team Development Program
30. Los Angeles — Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie Colts

Trades

— Pittsburgh sends C Jordan Staal to Carolina in exchange for the eighth pick, Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumolin. (link)

— Anaheim sends D Lubomir Visnovsky to New York Islanders in exchange for 2013 second-round pick. (link)

— Dallas sends C Mike Ribeiro to Washington for F Cody Eakin and 54th overall pick. (link)

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Penguins push Capitals to brink of elimination with OT win

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The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.

Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.

With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.

It was a thrilling, sometimes nasty contest, from Sidney Crosby shaking off an Alex Ovechkin slash, to Evgeni Malkin delivering a hit some thought was over the line and plenty of typical playoff skirmishes.

Ultimately, Matt Murray played another strong game and Patric Hornqvist scored the overtime-winner to put the Capitals in a tough spot.

The Penguins lost their previous eight playoff overtime games, so maybe it was just a matter of time before such a game went their way?

Then again, the history between the two teams is a little different:

If the Capitals want to advance beyond the second round for the first time in the Ovechkin era, they’ll need to accomplish quite the feat against arguably the hottest team in the NHL.

Sidney Crosby looks hurt (and furious) after Alex Ovechkin slash

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Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.

An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.

After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.

You can watch it happen in the GIF and the videos above.

Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.

Dirty or not? Evgeni Malkin’s hit on Daniel Winnik

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Tensions seem to rise with every passing game in the playoffs, particularly in a series with bad blood like the one between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Kris Letang was suspended for his hit in Game 3, and some wonder if Evgeni Malkin should suffer a similar fate for his check on Daniel Winnik on Wednesday.

Winnik left the contest and has not yet returned during the third period.

Take a look at the hit in the video above and decide for yourself.

Blues aim to raise money for victims of Fort McMurray fires

An evacuee puts gas in his car on his way out of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as a wildfire burns in the background Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed.  (Jason Franson /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Fires devastated the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and the St. Louis Blues are doing their part to help those who were affected.

Here’s what the team is doing to raise money during Game 4 against the Dallas Stars:

Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.

Blues forward Scottie Upshall shared his thoughts with the Associated Press regarding several family members being among those evacuated from the area.

“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”

Other people from around the hockey world weighed in on the scary scene, including Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who told the Ottawa Citizen that “it hurts a lot.”

People shared some scary sights from the evacuation.