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Highlights from Saturday’s NBC, NBC Sports Network games

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Puckheads hoping to monitor a busy final day of the regular season hockey have been in luck: there are four games on TV between NBC and NBC Sports Network on Saturday. All those contests naturally produce their fair share of highlights, so check this post for a collection of videos (which will be updated as games end).

Chicago 3, Detroit 2 (SO) – NBC

Highlights:

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Post-game interviews:

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Patrick Kane’s ridiculous shootout goal:

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Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 2 – NBC Sports Network

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Evgeni Malkin’s 50th goal:

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Video: Crosby scores three points in loose Pens-Bruins game

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NBC Sports Network carried two contests full of top-tier talent without huge playoff implications. What did that mean? A lot of goals – most of them coming from sloppiness.

For people with a lot of Jacques Lemaire in their souls, that hockey might have been disgraceful. The rest of us probably at least partially enjoyed the chaos. Check out highlights of the game below to get the synopsis of all the wild scoring in a 5-3 Pittsburgh Penguins win against the Boston Bruins.

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The Anaheim Ducks-Vancouver Canucks is shaping up to be similar – if not a bit more competitive – so expect an update with video of that game in this post later tonight.

Ducks keep rolling while adding to Wild’s misery

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If you take context out of the equation, to the Anaheim Ducks should’ve been the bummer team in their matchup against the Minnesota Wild.

Context – and by extension, momentum – is quite relevant in sports, though, so it was clear as day that the two teams are going in opposite directions. It seemed like the Wild had a shot to nurse a 1-0 victory out of Feb. 14’s match but Corey Perry had other plans, powering the Ducks to a 2-1 win.

Here are the highlights:

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Check out Perry’s interview:

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Rangers edge Lightning as New York Giants look on

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The recently-crowned Super Bowl champions were on hand at Madison Square Garden Thursday night to watch another local team that some could call Big Blue, the New York Rangers:

Much like the New York Giants, the Rangers had a sense of the moment by scoring a dramatic game-winning goal, as Atrem Anisimov played Eli Manning while Brad Richards finished like Mario Manningham for the 4-3 overtime game-winner.

That was far from the only highlight-reel moment, however, as Steven Stamkos scored a beauty to start things off and Derek Stepan produced a wonderful spin-o-rama. With that in mind, enjoy the full highlights:

Schneider, Sedins slip Canucks past Blackhawks

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For the second game in a row, the Vancouver Canucks decided to start Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo in a high-profile match. Much like that Jan. 7 contest against the Boston Bruins, that overblown decision paid off as the high-profile backup nabbed a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks.

If the victory wasn’t a good enough argument for Alain Vigneault’s decision, this save says it all:

Ultimately it came down to a fantastic performance by Schneider (37 out of 39 made) and this great overtime goal by the Sedin twins:

(Interesting note: that tally makes Daniel Sedin the team’s all-time leader in OT goals.)

As far as the Blackhawks went, pot-stirrer Dave Bolland had a rough night with a -1 rating, zero points, and went 6-14 in the faceoff circle. Jonathan Toews (one assist, -1, five shots) and Patrick Sharp (zero points, even rating, three shots) seemed solid enough in their returns from injury as they played about 19:10 each.

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Sure, it’s just two points for the Canucks and one charity point for the Blackhawks, but nights as excited as these have a nice way of breaking the monotony of an 82-game season. Did you take anything else away from that contest, though?