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This week in THN: May 14, 2012

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In the May 14 issue of The Hockey News:

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• Project Mayhem: Are you loving the hate? The early part of the first round was full of rough play, so our guys debate the merits of it through email.

• In his Editor’s Notebook, Jason Kay writes that there’s nothing wrong with leaning on stats to come up with award winners, especially for the Selke.

• In the THN Inbox, the best letters to the editor are printed, the results of an online poll are displayed and Adam Proteau answers your questions on the trapezoid and Erik Karlsson in Ask Adam.

• Inside Hockey looks at the outstanding play from rookies in these playoffs; Ottawa prospect Darren Kramer’s peanut butter invention; we break down the drop in penalty minutes; how the World Championship provide Olympic hopeful players a chance; and we look back at the important career of Butch Bouchard.

• In The Straight Edge, Ryan Kennedy writes that the Oilers should pass on Nail Yakupov and take a much-needed defenseman at this year’s draft.

• Ken Campbell explores Quebec City as a big-league hockey market and writes that it’s time the city returned to the NHL.

• We hand out our awards in our annual issue: best player, best rookie, best defenseman, best goalie, omeback player, best defensive defenseman and more.

• In Proteau Type, Adam Proteau writes why Tommy Wingels deserves the Masterton Trophy.

• NHL team reports focus on Alex Ovechkin’s less-than-stellar, but still excellent season and hands six awards in each team.

• Prospect Report looks at Chris Kreider and Shattuck-St. Mary’s center Zach Stepan, cousin of New York’s Derek.

• Beyond the Spotlight looks at Chad Brownlee, a Vancouver draft pick who swapped his skates for a six-string and opened for Dierks Bentley.

• Backchecking catches up with Terry O’Reilly, who was born to be a Bruin.

• In Last Minute of Play, Larry Humber’s crossword provides readers with a challenge, Jersey hound looks at the new look of the Orlando Solar Bears, and the Blast from the Past shows off the Stanley Cup before it had its trunk.

• In Overtime, Ken Campbell writes the NHL sells hate and loves it, so why hide it?

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