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James O’Brien

  1. Vancouver's season hangs in balance after 3-0 second period

    May 11, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

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    What an absolutely brutal second period for the Vancouver Canucks. In my eyes, at least, you can’t blame any one player. Roberto Luongo allowed three goals, but his defense hung him out to dry each time. This is a total team effort, or lack thereof. Troy Brouwer started the scoring off early in the second…

  2. Goalies shine to keep Chi-Van 0-0, Salo plays but Edler hurt

    May 11, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Both Roberto Luongo and Antti NIemi were sharp in the first period, keeping the score 0-0 as the Canucks had 13 shots and the Blackhawks had 12. There were some quality scoring chances on each end but neither team could pierce the netminders in a tight-checking opening frame. Sami Salo showed real … courage so…

  3. 2010 IIHF World Championships: Norway shocks Czechs, Russia wins

    May 11, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    PHT’s own Joe Yerdon is doing a great job covering the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships for Universal Sports. (Check out the official blog here.) In today’s action, Norway beat the Czech Republic for the first time in 73 years in a world hockey championship competition, winning 3-2. Here’s more from the Tuesday’s games via Yerdon’s report.…

  4. What they're saying about Hawks-Canucks

    May 11, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    So far, one conference semifinals series is going to a Game 7 (that, of course, is the Penguins-Canadiens feud). When the Chicago Blackhawks went up 3-1 after a commanding run in Vancouver, it looked like this one would be done soon enough.  The Canucks showed a little life on Sunday, though, so this series might…

  5. Hockey's worst injuries, starring Sami Salo's 'ruptured testicles'

    May 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    There are plenty of grizzly, cringe-inducing injuries in hockey. Even a routine (but hard) hit in the boards would make many people re-consider their dreams of putting on their favorite team’s uniform. Still, there are moments that can reduce even these He-Man clones into mere mortals. Especially when something happens to their testicles. Sami Salo’s…

  6. Ice Edge not totally out of Coyotes negotiations, just 'napping'?

    May 11, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    It’s been a big couple days for news revolving around the Phoenix Coyotes and their future in either Arizona or maybe their original home, Winnipeg. Earlier today, Brandon shared news that the league is at least putting together a ‘Plan B’ with its 2010-11 schedule that includes a Winnipeg “contingency plan.”  On the plus side for…

  7. 2010 NHL playoffs: Previews for tonight's games

    May 10, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Both of the Eastern Conference semifinals series could end tonight, possibly at almost the same exact time. Let’s take a look at Habs-Pens Game 6 and Flyers-Bruins Game 5. Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens - 7:00 PM ET (Versus, CBC, FS Pittsburgh) Penguins lead series 3-2 There are worries that young Habs fans will riot whether…

  8. Injury Updates for Carcillo, Gill and others

    May 10, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Earlier today I shared reports that Dan Carcillo might miss today’s game, but it sounds like his status has improved. More on him and the various Montreal Canadiens who may or may not be available in this injury update. Carcillo a game-time decision. Ryan Parent and Michael Leighton will be back. Here’s snippets from an NHL.com…

  9. Boston Bruins honor Bobby Orr with statue

    May 10, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    When people talk about the greatest hockey players of all-time, Bobby Orr’s name inevitably comes up (and, I would think, it always will). Simply put, the Hall-of-Fame defenseman changed hockey as much as any single player did, taking the torch from Eddie Shore and proving that a blueliner could create as much offense as they…

  10. World Anti-Doping Agency wants NHL to expand drug testing

    May 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    The NHL rarely deals with the steroid backlash that hounds Major League Baseball and troubles the NFL. Some, like former World Anti-Doping Agency head Dick Pound, wonder if it’s simply because of the league’s drug testing policies. Former WADA chair Dick Pound has been harshly critical of the NHL’s approach to doping, alleging in the past…

  11. NHL, Nashville Predators aid in Tennessee flood recovery

    May 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Soon after the Nashville Predators suffered yet another first round loss, an unprecedented flood put hockey in perspective. It’s good to see, then, that the team and the NHL are giving back as the city/state/region tries to bounce back from the devastating effects of the weather crisis. It’s unclear just how much was/will be donated, but…

  12. Team USA's WC hopes take big blow after 2-1 OT loss to Denmark

    May 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Team USA’s World Championship team was upset once again 2-1 in overtime. This time the surging underdog Denmark team did it to them, with Stefan Lassen scoring the game winner in OT. It was the Americans’ second straight overtime loss in the tournament after falling by the same score against Germany, and they now need to…

  13. Jaromir Jagr troubled by lack of Czech participation

    May 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Kids these days; they just don’t have any respect. What with their loud music, lack of patriotism … and disinterest in growing mullets (unless it’s just for laughs). Those are the words I envision going through Jaromir Jagr’s head as he critiques the Czech players who declined invitations to play for their 2010 IIHF World…

  14. 2010 NHL playoffs: Sami Salo's scare

    May 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Not many men can go through a lifetime before they have a tense moment with their, um, “boys.” While I don’t intend to make America/Canada/the cubicle’d world squirm this afternoon, but here’s the footage of Sami Salo’s scary moment. He took a shot to the groin during the end of the first period, but apparently he’s OK.…

  15. Flyers injury news: Carcillo doubtful, Leighton nearing return

    May 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    There’s some good news and bad news injury-wise for the Philadelphia Flyers as they attempt to cut into Boston’s 3-1 series lead tonight. On one hand, it appears that Dan Carcillo might not be healthy enough to pester and pummel opponents in Game 5. The forward appeared to injury his knee in Game 4 against…

  16. Should Blackhawks be concerned with home struggles?

    May 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Is it a sign of “youthful immaturity” that the Chicago Blackhawks failed to put up much of a resistance against the Vancouver Canucks last night? Nope, my guess is that the two teams aren’t separated by much from a talent or will power standpoint and the Canucks rode a great start (2-0 in the first…

  17. 2010 NHL playoffs: Roberto Luongo's save

    May 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    After carrying the Canucks to a Game 1 win, Roberto Luongo struggled mightily in the next three games. It must be heartening, then, to see Luongo play so well. He stopped 29 out of 30 shots to hold the explosive Blackhawks to just one goal. Here’s one of his best saves of the night.

  18. 2010 NHL playoffs: Kevin Bieksa's beauty

    May 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Sometimes there are goals that are just pretty. This one qualifies. Kyle Wellwood sent a perfect pass to Kevin Bieksa who never had to break stride as he made a simple little deke past Antti Niemi to score a beauty. Bieksa added another goal in the game, helping the Vancouver Canucks stay alive with a…

  19. Glimpsing at the Red Wings' future

    May 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    For the most part, the reactions to the Detroit Red Wings losing to the San Jose Sharks have been subdued. Pretty hard to argue with two runs to the Stanley Cup Finals, one Cup victory and approximately a generation of playoff runs, right? Yes, the Red Wings are getting older. The NHL is a young…

  20. Injury Reports on Carcillo, Gill and others

    May 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at some of today’s injury tidbits. Dan Carcillo expected back on Monday Philly.com reports that the super-pest is supposed to play in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. He missed the third period and overtime of Game 4 because of what looked like a knee injury. Carcillo’s been a difference maker (although…

  21. Has the hockey world soured on Roberto Luongo?

    May 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    It’s natural to envision better things for a good player on a bad team. Sometimes it even works out. Just look at Kevin Garnett winning a title with the Boston Celtics if you need a solid example. For years, Roberto Luongo toiled away on horrible teams and put up great numbers. This made many believe…

  22. 2010 NHL playoffs: Adams clobbers Gorges

    May 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges (and Hal Gill) may have done the best job of shutting down Sidney Crosby since Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg stifled the star forward during two Stanley Cup Finals series. Word is that the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to put a body on the surprisingly effective former San Jose Shark…

  23. Could Detroit's loss be a win for 2010 IIHF World Championships?

    May 9, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    While our main focus at PHT is pro hockey (it is in the title, right?), we still have our eye on other puck-related events. One of the world’s best hockey tournaments is the Hockey World Championships held every summer. The added wrinkle is that the contest takes place during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which means…

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