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James O’Brien

  1. Making sense of the Sedin twins' stardom

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    I’ve always had an odd “relationship” with Henrik and Daniel Sedin (there was a point, by the way, when some might have placed Daniel’s name first and – you never know – that day might come again). I mean, seriously, I named a blog after the twins and I’m not even a Vancouver Canucks fan.…

  2. Alex Ovechkin/kid video: An amusing accident, that's all

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    For the most part, I’m amused by the creativity of conspiracy theories and the surprising sensitivity fan bases exhibit, especially considering the often barbaric violence featured in this sport. That being said, there are moments when the persecution complex rears its tedious, ugly head. Last night, Brandon posted the video of Alex Ovechkin accidentally giving the poor…

  3. Maple Leafs land European goalie Jussi Rynnas

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    For the second straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs landed the European Goalie Du Jour. Last year it was Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson, this year it’s Finnish goalie Jussi Rynnas according to Maple Leafs bloggers Pension Plan Puppets. The blog had one of its community members translate an article about the goalie. Jussi Rynnas, who attracted NHL…

  4. Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter both need surgery

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    I already mentioned the fact that Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne are suffering from foot injuries, but it turns out that the situations are severe enough that both will need surgery on Friday according to TSN. Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter both suffered foot injuries in the contest, and both will have surgery on Friday. According…

  5. Good news all around for NHL TV ratings

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    The NHL and hockey in general are seeing some improved ratings this year according to a handful of articles. It’s not surprising that Canadian numbers are up, but competitive contests and general momentum are making a big difference in the United States too. In the United States, playoff television ratings are reaching pre-lockout levels. The first five nights…

  6. "Fixing" the New Jersey Devils

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a strong understatement: things aren’t looking good for the New Jersey Devils right now. Just look at some of the all-time numbers for teams facing 3-1 series deficits, from Tom Gulitti. The Devils have [come] back from a 3-1 deficit to win only one in their history in eight tries. That was in the 2000…

  7. Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter out for Game 5

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Flyers are up 3-1 and things aren’t looking great for the New Jersey Devils (more on that later), but there is a bit of bad news for the Broadstreet Bullies. Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will miss Game 5 with foot injuries according to The Associated Press. Flyers forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne have…

  8. Instead of Luongo, should Kesler be Canucks' captain?

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    In late March, the writers at my old blog Cycle like the Sedins discussed whether or not the Vancouver Canucks should make Ryan Kesler their “true” captain rather than having goalie Roberto Luongo stand as their unofficial one. As you may know, goalies cannot wear a captain’s ‘C’ but the team considers him their captain, going as…

  9. Carey Price named Canadiens' Game 4 starter

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Joe shared this first, but at that time it was unclear if this was official or not. Martin admitted that Price is going to start in the morning skate today. Word out of Montreal is that Carey Price will start ahead of Jaroslav Halak for a big Game 4 for the Canadiens against the returning…

  10. Lady Byng finalists: Datsyuk, St. Louis, B. Richards

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    It was recently announced on NHL Live that Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards are the finalists for the Lady Byng trophy. Datsyuk has the opportunity to be the first player to ever win it five times in a row and would also be among the most frequent winners of the award (Frank…

  11. Pronger, Kesler shine in 'other' playoff stats

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The playoffs started last Wednesday, so I figure now is a good time to take a look at some of the league leaders. Obviously, you need to keep in mind that some teams played four games while some only played three so far. That’s before we even get to such important factors like “this team…

  12. Crosby, Anderson, Rinne lead playoff week 1 stats

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The playoffs started last Wednesday, so I figure now is a good time to take a look at some of the league leaders. Obviously, you need to keep in mind that some teams played four games while some only played three so far. That’s before we even get to such important factors like “this team…

  13. Joe Pavelski's series-tying overtime GWG

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    One San Jose Sharks player unlikely to face much “choking” talk is Joe Pavelski. In Game 2 the American center scored a late third period that sent the match into overtime; the Sharks would eventually take their first win. Taking it one step further, Pavelski scored the overtime game winner last night, tying the series…

  14. Washington Capitals' most frustrating player

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, I decided to throw my guess in the hat, too.   First, here is my guess for…

  15. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Kings 'Back in Black' tonight

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    This has been a beautiful first week of the playoffs. Tonight we have three games and all of them will break 1-1 ties. Every single one of these games could be pivotal (although Game 5′s tend to be bigger). Let’s take a look at the three games we have to look forward to. (1) Washington…

  16. William Houston says he was 'too harsh'

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, I touched on William Houston’s squabble with Pension Plan Puppets (via Houston’s surprising comments toward James Mirtle). After receiving critiques from a wide variety sources, it seems that Houston is ready to apologize. Here’s what he posted a short while ago. On Friday, I deleted a paragraph from a previous posting that made…

  17. Dany Heatley expected to play in Game 4

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    It’s quite possible that the shot-happy, low-luck San Jose Sharks missed Dany Heatley last night. Despite putting up a stunning 51 shots, the team was not able to slip one past Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson. TSN reports that the controversial sniper will probably be back for Game 4. San Jose coach Todd McLellan says he expects…

  18. HC Dynamo Moscow expected to fold after 64 years

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The official announcement hasn’t been made just yet, but Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that Russia’s famous Dynamo Moscow team will no longer exist. It is now a fact: the oldest hockey club in Russia, Dynamo Moscow, does not exist anymore. The official announcement is coming in a few days. Again, it’s not a guarantee (or…

  19. Shane Doan questionable for Game 4 tomorrow

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan took a nasty spill into the boards during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, so it’s no surprise that Kevin Allen of USA Today just Tweeted that he’s day-to-day. Shane Doan skated briefly Monday and he’s day-to-day. Tippett said Coyotes may know at morning skate whether Doan will play Game…

  20. Thomas Vanek out, Drew Stafford in for Game 3

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Thomas Vanek is not expected to play in tonight’s Game 3 match against the Boston Bruins but it’s not all bad news for the Buffalo Sabres. Solid winger Drew Stafford is supposed to return after suffering from concussion symptoms, the Boston Herald reports. The Sabres may be missing their best goalscorer in Thomas Vanek, out with…

  21. William Houston's skirmish with bloggers continues

    Apr 19, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    I usually have mixed feelings when bloggers and/or newspaper people get into slap fights. On some level, it’s uncomfortable because usually both sides bring something to the table; while a blogger might have a better sense of number crunching and snarky analysis, a columnist often brings years of experience to his or her writing. That…

  22. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis impersonated at game

    Apr 19, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    There are worse people you can imitate than Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis (pictured to the right). After all, he’s super-rich and an owner known for being media savvy (he has a blog!). So perhaps it shouldn’t be that surprising that someone decided to do just that; Marty Siegel pretended to be the owner during a…

  23. NHL attendance down overall, but up in second half

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The Biz of Hockey featured a story that has some good news and some bad news regarding NHL attendance figures. The bad news is that – overall – league wide gates dropped 2.2 percent compared to the 2008-09 season. The good news, though, is that things went up in the second half of the season as…

  24. A gallery of Sharks' sadness

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Brandon covered the essential bases of that Shakespearean tragedy of a Sharks-Avalanche last night. He did well to mention the horrific Dan Boyle mistake*, Craig Anderson’s masterful 51-save performance and include highlights of the game. Still, I cannot help but weigh in a bit and then provide some reactions via Sharks fans and bloggers. Before the…

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