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James O’Brien

  1. Lightning take a shocking 3-0 series lead; Who’s to blame in Washington?

    May 3, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

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    The Lightning continued their streak of strong play in third periods by stunning the Capitals to take a 3-0 series lead. This post answers your natural question: what’s wrong with Washington?

  2. Canucks need more from the Sedin twins in tight playoff games

    May 3, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin

    There are plenty of reasonable excuses for why the Sedin twins have been struggling for several games, but the Canucks need them to persevere and produce in the playoffs.

  3. Poll: Should the Philadelphia Flyers retire Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ video?

    May 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Postage Stamp Kate Smith

    One Flyers blogger brought up the idea that the team should change its rendition of “God Bless America” by removing video footage of Kate Smith’s performance. Do you think they should it keep it the way it is or just go with Lauren Hart? Let us know in the poll.

  4. Men’s Health names Steven Stamkos in list of 25 fittest men

    May 3, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Men’s Health named Steven Stamkos one of the 25 fittest men in the world. His fitness level shows just how far hockey training has come in the last few decades.

  5. No lineup changes expected in Boston-Philadelphia; American-born players to watch

    May 2, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Tim Thomas

    The lineups for the Bruins-Flyers should be the same as Game 1, so this post provides a guide to the few American-born players who will perform in Game 2. It also includes Andrew Ference’s thoughts on the Osama bin Laden news.

  6. Report: Atlanta Thrashers could be sold for $110 million

    May 2, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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    A Forbes report indicates that the Atlanta Thrashers could be sold for $110 million. Might that cheaper price entice a local ownership group?

  7. Lauren Hart discusses what should be an emotional rendition of ‘God Bless America’

    May 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four

    Flyers anthem singer Lauren Hart understands the increased significance of tonight’s rendition of “God Bless America” before Game 2 between Boston and Philadelphia.

  8. Ulf Samuelsson becomes the new head coach of Swedish Elite League team MODO

    May 2, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

    Ulf Samuelsson will be the next head coach for Swedish Elite League team MODO, leaving his spot as the assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

  9. 2011 IIHF WC update: US advances to second round, Kulda suspended for hit on Martinek

    May 2, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

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    The United States advanced to the second round of the 2011 IIHF World Championships with a 4-2 win against Norway. In other news, Arturas Kulda was suspended for three games for his hit on Radek Martinek.

  10. Dustin Brown, Mike Green and the Sedin twins nominated for 2011 Foundation Award

    May 2, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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    The NHL named the finalists for the 2011 Foundation Award: Dustin Brown, Mike Green and the Sedin twins.

  11. Flyers will go with Brian Boucher (at least to start) in Game 2

    May 2, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Brian Boucher

    The Flyers are showing a rare bit of patience in net by actually going back to Brian Boucher in Game 2 against the Bruins.

  12. NHL’s crack down on ‘Green Men’ continues odd week for fans celebrating the Canucks

    May 2, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Brendan Morrison, Miikka Kiprusoff, Mason Raymond

    The NHL is developing an odd trend of cracking down on Canucks fans over the last few days, as they asked the “Green Men” to tone down their antics.

  13. Vincent Lecavalier scores twice, Lightning stun Capitals in OT to take 2-0 series lead

    May 1, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    Vincent Lacavalier, Teddy Purcell

    The Lightning rode great performances by Dwayne Roloson, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier and some lucky bounces to a 3-2 OT win against the Capitals. The Bolts go back to Tampa Bay with a shocking 2-0 lead in the series.

  14. Even Wayne Gretzky’s memorabilia breaks records: Rookie card auctioned off for $94,163

    May 1, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

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    Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card was auctioned off for $94,163, a record for a modern hockey card.

  15. Mike Knuble is back in action for the Washington Capitals

    May 1, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Tomas Vokoun, Mike Knuble

    Mike Knube made his welcome (and somewhat surprising) return to the Capitals’ lineup after missing three playoff games tonight.

  16. Video: Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire preview Game 2 of Lightning-Capitals

    May 1, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Guy Boucher, Wayne Fleming

    Want a primer for Game 2 of Tampa Bay-Washington? Check out this video post.

  17. Why the Sharks should practice patience with Antti Niemi

    May 1, 2011, 5:27 AM EDT

    Antti Niemi

    Antti Niemi came into the Red Wings-Sharks series as one of San Jose’s biggest question marks. If last year’s Cup run with Chicago is any indication, the Sharks would be wise to stick with Niemi through his ups and downs.

  18. Video: Highlights and Net Cam footage from Boston’s 7-3 win against Philadelphia in Game 1

    Apr 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Matt Carle, David Krejci

    If you want to see every goal from Boston’s dominant 7-3 win against Philadelphia in Game 1, then this video post has you covered. This post also includes some Net Cam footage.

  19. David Krejci, Bruins get first measure of revenge against Flyers with crushing 7-3 win

    Apr 30, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game One

    David Krejci gouged the Flyers with two goals and two assists as the Bruins dominated Philadelphia 7-3 in Game 1. Philly faces more goalie questions while Boston’s only true concern was their power play.

  20. Bruins force Brian Boucher out of Flyers net, end second period up 5-2

    Apr 30, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game One

    The Flyers’ goalies issues continued in Game 1, as Brian Boucher was pulled late in the second period. The Bruins enter the second intermission with a commanding 5-2 lead.

  21. Nathan Horton, David Krejci drive Boston to 2-1 first period lead in Philadelphia

    Apr 30, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    The Nathan Horton-Milan Lucic-David Krejci carried the momentum from earning the Bruins’ Game 7 OT goal into the first period, creating both of Boston’s goals to give them a 2-1 lead over the Flyers.

  22. U.S. team beats Austria 5-1 in 2011 IIHF World Championships opener

    Apr 30, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The U.S. team earned a 5-1 win against Austria in its 2011 IIHF World Championships opener.

  23. Can Zdeno Chara stop Danny Briere’s playoff hot streak?

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Zdeno Chara, Danny Briere

    Zdeno Chara is almost a foot taller than Danny Briere, yet the small forward towered over the behemoth defenseman in last year’s semifinals series. Can Chara limit Briere’s playoff magic this time around?

  24. Tim Thomas, Tomas Kaberle and Kris Versteeg rank among players ‘new’ to Boston-Flyers series

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    While the Bruins and Flyers met about a year ago in the 2010 semifinals, there are enough new faces to make the 2011 series compellingly different. Tim Thomas, Nathan Horton and Kris Versteeg rank among the ‘newcomers.’

  25. Bruins need more from Tomas Kaberle, Milan Lucic and power play in second round

    Apr 30, 2011, 4:57 AM EDT

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    Tomas Kaberle

    While the Flyers have their own problems, the Bruins probably need more from Tomas Kaberle, Milan Lucic and their wretched power play if they want to win another playoff round.

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