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James O’Brien

  1. Winnipeg mayor doubts the Coyotes will move; Thrashers might relocate there instead

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Doug Creighton, Peter McCullough

    The Coyotes’ ownership situation is still in the air, but at least one person thinks the team will stay in Arizona: Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz. Katz believes the hockey-hungry city should target a different NHL team … could that team be the Thrashers?

  2. Links, stories and previews for tonight’s three playoff games

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Six

    This post is your one-stop source for all three of tonight’s big playoff games, including the two Game 7 contests.

  3. Flyers reflect on decision to go with Brian Boucher in net

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Brian Boucher

    You probably already know that the Flyers decided to start Brian Boucher for Game 7 tonight. The question is: how do they feel about it?

  4. Bruins try to put last year’s collapse behind them and finish series in Game 6

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins - Game Five

    If the Bruins and Canadiens follow their 2010 scripts, then Boston will fold in these elimination games while Montreal will fight back to win the series. Can the B’s overcome that collapse against the Flyers or watch in horror as history threatens to repeat itself?

  5. While the Canucks carry baggage with them, Blackhawks face first Game 7 since 1995

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Patrick Sharp

    Despite all the pressure on the Canucks to avoid an epic collapse, the Blackhawks face a new kind of pressure too. This is their first Game 7 since 1995.

  6. Flyers are familiar with adversity, winning in Game 7; History isn’t on Sabres’ side

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Tyler Ennis, Claude Giroux

    The Flyers are familiar with adversity and have a positive record in Game 7 contests while the Sabres must overcome a history marked with few successes in these games. Read all about it in this post.

  7. Buffalo Sabres will play an exhibition game in Mannheim, Germany on October 4

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

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    jochenhechtap

    The Buffalo Sabres will play an exhibition game in Mannheim, Germany on October 4.

  8. David Desharnais won’t play for Montreal in Game 6

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

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    David Desharnais;  Tim Thomas

    The Canadiens must fight off elimination without David Desharnais, who has been ruled out of Game 6 against the Bruins.

  9. Ray Emery, Daymond Langkow and Ian Laperriere named Masterton Trophy finalists; Who wins?

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    2010 NHL Awards Portraits

    The NHL named three players for its annual award for perseverance: Ray Emery, Daymond Langkow and Ian Laperriere. Vote in the poll to tell us who deserves to win the Masterton Trophy.

  10. Video: Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick preview tonight’s Game 7 matches

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

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    Craig Rivet, Daniel Carcillo

    Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick preview tonight’s double header of Game 7 matches, with the Sabres taking on the Flyers and the Blackhawks facing the Canucks.

  11. Tampa Bay holds huge special teams advantage over Pittsburgh through 6 games

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:44 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

    Many thought that the Lightning would have a special teams advantage over the Penguins, but few thought the contrast would be this stark.

  12. Another choking label erased? Joe Thornton, Sharks take series with dramatic OT win

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:55 AM EDT

    Joe Thornton

    The 2011 playoffs continue to dispel “choking” arguments, as Joe Thornton scored the overtime goal that ended the Kings-Sharks series. Read all about another dramatic game in this post.

  13. Report: Dallas Stars sale progresses as potential owner Tom Gaglardi agrees to terms

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:33 AM EDT

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    While there’s still plenty more to do, the prospects of a Dallas Stars sale improved after potential new owner Tom Gaglardi reportedly agreed to a price and terms to buy the team.

  14. Canucks GM Mike Gillis complains about penalty calls; Does he have a point?

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Roberto Luongo

    Canucks GM Mike Gillis called out the officiating in his team’s series against the Blackhawks, pointing out Chicago’s 27-16 advantage in power play opportunities.

  15. Steve Downie scores three points in 4-2 Lightning win, Tampa Bay forces Game 7

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    Sean Bergenheim, Steve Downie

    Steve Downie and Dwayne Roloson lead the way as the Lightning beat the Penguins 4-2 to force a Game 7 confrontation.

  16. Report: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell will miss 6-8 weeks with wrist surgery

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Six

    Bryan Bickell scored four points in his five appearances in the Blackhawks-Canucks series, but he won’t be able to play in Game 7 (and then some) after undergoing wrist surgery.

  17. The wisdom of the Philadelphia Flyers’ stubborn goalie philosophy

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Michael Leighton, Matt Carle

    It’s easy to criticize the Flyers’ front office for “ignoring” the goalie position, but decade after decade of success shows that they know what they’re doing.

  18. Roberto Luongo’s legacy is on the line as he gets the start against Chicago in Game 7

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Roberto Luongo

    Roberto Luongo’s career is full of brilliant peaks and dark valleys, but to many fans, his Game 7 performance will ultimately decide his legacy.

  19. Flyers put together 5-4 comeback win as Ville Leino’s OT goal forces Game 7

    Apr 24, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Ville Leino, Ryan Miller

    It wasn’t pretty – in fact, Mike Richards’ hit on Tim Connolly was downright ugly – but the Flyers found a way to earn a 5-4 Game 6 in overtime. This sets up a decisive Game 7, which fits this series perfectly.

  20. Scott Hartnell ties it up, Flyers-Sabres goes into overtime

    Apr 24, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Two

    Scott Hartnell scored the only goal of the third period to tie the game 4-4, sending Game 6 to overtime. Read this post for a recap of the action up to this point.

  21. Flyers get back in the game, but Sabres take 4-3 lead to avenge Mike Richards hit

    Apr 24, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v New York Islanders

    The Flyers stormed back to tie the game up 3-3 in the second period, but the Sabres gained revenge on a dirty Mike Richards hit when Nathan Gerbe made in 4-3. The Flyers must score in the third period to keep their season alive.

  22. Sabres exploit disastrous first period by Michael Leighton, take 3-1 lead

    Apr 24, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Michael Leighton, Andrej Meszaros

    The pre-game worries were justified, as Michael Leighton totally flopped in allowing three Sabres goals on only eight shots. Buffalo earned a 3-1 first period lead as they took advantage of Flyers’ gaffes.

  23. Easter (elimination) Sunday? Three teams fight to remain in playoffs today

    Apr 24, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Kesler, Marian Hossa

    Will the Canucks, Sabres and Predators move on to the second round or will the Blackhawks, Flyers and Ducks force Game 7 showdowns? Check out previews of today’s Game 6 matches.

  24. The NHLPA hopes to close another loophole on controversial hits

    Apr 24, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

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    torresstareap

    The NHLPA isn’t happy about Colin Campbell’s explanation beyond the Raffi Torres non-suspension and hopes to close up the baffling behind the net loophole.

  25. Report: Brent Seabrook will play in Game 6 tonight

    Apr 24, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

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    brentseabrookoutforgame5

    The Blackhawks hope to send their series to an unexpected Game 7 by beating the Canucks again tonight. Brent Seabrook hopes to help them out by returning to action.

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