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James O’Brien

  1. Two quick goals make it 2-2

    Apr 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    First, Michael Ryder scored his second goal of the afternoon on the powerplay. It didn’t take long for the Capitals to tie it up, though. Eric Belanger (one of the team’s many solid but unheralded role players) swiftly put a goal past Tim Thomas. This could be yet another high scoring game.

  2. Michael Ryder ties it 1-1

    Apr 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Well, that didn’t take very long. Just like that, Milan Lucic made a nice pass from behind the net to set up a Michael Ryder goal. This makes it 1-1 early in the first period. Stay tuned for more scoring updates and hop into the Game of the Week chat, why don’t you?

  3. Semin gives Caps 1-0 lead, Thomas throws punches

    Apr 11, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Another Game of the Week, another early soft goal by a beleaguered goalie. This time it was Alex Semin scoring his 40th goal of the season on Tim Thomas. The real highlight was Thomas going into rage-out mode by fighting with Jason Chimera. There are few things that I (or most hockey fans) treasure quite…

  4. What they're saying about WAS-BOS

    Apr 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    (This photo is just too good not to post again. Click on it.  You won’t regret it. Did Evander Kane become an honorary Boston Bruin with this punch?) Let’s take a look at what the Washington and Boston papers/blogs are saying about the two teams. Boston bloggers/papers are saying: NBC Sports’ own Kevin Paul Dupont…

  5. Injury Report: Some healthy players might sit

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Today might be a bit misleading from an “injuries” standpoint since there might be players who are held out of the game because both teams already clinched their position in the playoffs. The Capitals already guaranteed themselves the number one seed in the East while Montreal’s loss yesterday assured Boston’s place as the number six seed (although it…

  6. Goals of the Night: Daniel Sedin's hat trick

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Brandon mentioned Daniel Sedin’s incredible goal last night, but it would be a sin to not actually physically have it on the site. At first, I thought that I’d just put Daniel’s incredible third goal up and call it a night. So here is that between-the-legs moment of genius.   It came to my attention…

  7. Boston Bruins clinch playoffs, break SHG record

    Apr 10, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Give the Boston Bruins credit. They clinched a playoff berth with their spirited 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, salvaging a season that almost seemed to test the limits of Murphy’s Law. I guess it makes sense, then, that the team won on the strength of breaking an odd record. Stanley Cup of Chowder notes that…

  8. Brian Burke's folly: The Toronto Maple Leafs

    Apr 10, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    James Mirtle wrote a nice piece on the Toronto Maple Leafs, spotlighting the five biggest mistakes that Brian Burke has made in his 500+ days as the team’s general manager. Let me be honest, though – there’s plenty of other mistakes to choose from. The biggest error was trading those crucial draft picks (a first and…

  9. Playoff Update: What can be decided tonight

    Apr 10, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at today’s playoff clinching/seeding opportunities. NHL.com provided the rundown. Western Conference 1. If the San Jose Sharks lose in regulation tonight, the Blackhawks would clinch the West’s #1 seed. Eastern Conference The New Jersey Devils would clinch the Atlantic division with a win over the New York Islanders and a Penguins’ regulation…

  10. Columbus Blue Jackets' source of frustration

    Apr 10, 2010, 2:20 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 the…

  11. NHL Network's top 5 games of 09-10

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    NHL Network has been putting together some end-of-the-year lists this week and while we might not agree with every choice, they still provide plenty of hockey video fun. This one features their top 5 games of the year.

  12. Saves of the Night: Lundqvist and Boucher

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Friday night featured a huge Philadelphia Flyers – New York Rangers game in which both goalies showed up to work. The first Save of the Night was made by beleaguered Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. Sure, he had to make this save because of a big mistake, but sometimes you just have to sit back and admire…

  13. Torn ACL ends Alex Kovalev's year

    Apr 10, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the Ottawa Senators (although some who consider him particularly frustrating might sarcastically say it’s good news): Alex Kovalev will not return for the playoffs after tearing his ACL. The news comes from the Habs Inside/Out Twitter feed. Kovalev has – for better and often for worse – delivered as advertised this season. He…

  14. Poll: Who should win the Calder Trophy?

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    We’re taking a look at the big individual trophy debates this week, with glances at the Hart, Norris and Calder races in particular. But don’t just take our many words for it. We want to know what you think as well. Who do you think should win the Calder Trophy? First, here is each “The…

  15. Report: Matt Duchene 'will be fine'

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Colorado Avalanche fans can breathe a sigh of relief because their rookie of the year candidate Matt Duchene “will be fine” after an injury scare, at least according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post. Note: Dater’s post shows up in my Google Reader feed but the link is dead. Because of that, I’ll keep my eyes…

  16. Saying goodbye to Keith Tkachuk

    Apr 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Mike Modano wasn’t the only player who left fans ferklempt this week as Keith Tkachuk – another American born great – decided to hang up his skates for good at the end of this season. Thankfully, the St. Louis Blues made it clear just how much the power forward meant to the team and their…

  17. Tyler Myers' Calder Trophy argument

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    As we near the end of the season, we’re going to take a look at who we think should be three finalists for the Hart, Norris and Calder Trophies, making arguments for each. Next is the Calder trophy, the NHL’s award for the Rookie of the Year. First up: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. Why…

  18. Quick hits: Jeff Carter might be back tonight

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s a quick roundup of news regarding injuries and goalies around the NHL. Quick too young for so many starts? Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times writes that perhaps Jonathan Quick’s lack of experience/youth might explain why he’s beginning to fall apart amid a heavy workload. On some level, it seems strange to ask…

  19. My insane (but awesome) shootout solution

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Look, the shootout was an absolutely adorable little confection coming out of the lockout. It was a cutesy way for the league to avoid the dreaded “kissing sister” effect* while also giving fans a final jolt of excitement at the end of the games – certainly a worthwhile endeavor considering the oozing wounds left behind by…

  20. Capitals don't need to name a No.1 goalie

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau won’t name a No. 1 starter between Jose Theodore and Semyon Varlamov before the playoffs and he might not name one in general, writes Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. And I, for one, think that is a perfectly reasonable plan. It would be one thing if one goalie was staggeringly…

  21. Alexei Ponikarovsky suspended 2 games

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    The good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins is that Alexei Ponikarovsky will be available for the beginning of the playoffs. The bad news is that the Ukrainian winger has been suspended for two games because of his hit on New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey. NHL.com has the news. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been…

  22. Shootout-happy season benefits Coyotes most

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Even though there’s still some hockey to be played, the 2009-10 season already broke the league’s record for most shootouts in a single campaign. NHL.com has some interesting (and, for the competitive balance of the game, disturbing) numbers about the charity point generators. The 2009-10 season has seen a record 289 games that needed to go past…

  23. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin top list of young scorers

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Last night Sidney Crosby joined about as elite company as it gets, becoming the third youngest player in NHL history to hit 500 points behind two nobodies named Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. The only players younger than Crosby (22 years, 244 days) to hit the 500-point mark faster were Wayne Gretzky (21 years, 52 days) and…

  24. Nicklas Lidstrom should not retire this year

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Nicklas Lidstrom isn’t going to think about retirement – one way or the other – until the playoffs are over, according to a story written by Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Lidstrom, 39, is in the last year of his contract. Although general manager Ken Holland and Mike Babcock have made it clear they want…

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