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James O’Brien

  1. Hands off the faux-hawk: Mike Green and Ilya Kovalchuk get in a fight

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    There have been plenty of improbable fights lately. In the preseason, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin had a brief and semi-comical clash with Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash. Friday’s Detroit Red Wings shellacking of the Anaheim Ducks brought out the Ducks’ worst habits, which forced multiple Lady Byng winner Pavel Datsyuk to start a…

  2. Reminder: today's Phoenix Coyotes-Boston Bruins game begins at 10:00 AM ET

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The NHL can throw some crazy start times at you, but because today’s Coyotes-Bruins game is in Prague, the game will air on Versus NHL Network at 10:00 AM ET. Just a gentle reminder for you early-rising hockey fans that this one will start early. The Boston Bruins will probably go into today’s game with…

  3. Los Angeles Kings stitch together a shootout win over Vancouver Canucks

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings 2, Vancouver Canucks 1 (SO) You could say that the Canucks “left a mark” on the Kings last summer when they knocked them out of the playoffs, but that was in a figurative sense. As you can see from Anze Kopitar’s gnarled mouth (image via my buddy from The Royal Half, in…

  4. St. Louis Blues unveil Brett Hull statue during home opener festivities

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT

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    While tonight was an emotional night for the elder Bobby Hull in Chicago, a swirling rush of emotions most have overtaken his son Brett too. The St. Louis Blues honored the Golden Brett during their home opener tonight, unveiling a statue in honor of their great scorer of the ’90s. Here are a few photos…

  5. Regular season recaps – October 9

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

    From the Penguins losing their first two games at home, the Blackhawks suffering a defeat as they raise their Stanley Cup banner and the Devils going 0-2 (OK, 0-1-1) in their first games with shiny new toy Ilya Kovalchuk, the 2010-11 season has seen it’s fair share of spoilers* so far. Anyway, let’s get to…

  6. Chicago Blackhawks raise their ’10 Stanley Cup banner, celebrate rich hockey history

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

    In a ceremony that included Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and other members of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship winning team, the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2010 Stanley Cup victory by raising their championship banner tonight. Fans might be bitter that the team fell to division rival Detroit 3-2 tonight in their home opener, but it…

  7. Vancouver Canucks make it official: Henrik Sedin is their new captain

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Anyone who’s been following the Vancouver Canucks captaincy situation probably won’t be very surprised by the “news” that Henrik Sedin is officially the team’s new captain. Here’s more from the Associated Press. Henrik Sedin became the Vancouver Canucks captain Saturday night in a ceremony before their season-opening game against the Los Angeles Kings. Sedin takes…

  8. Video: Rangers forward Derek Stepan scores a hat trick in his first NHL game

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    I thought it took time to adjust to the speed of the NHL game? Derek Stepan sure made it easy tonight, scoring a hat trick in his first game as the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-3 tonight. Stepan is only the fourth player in NHL history to score three goals in his…

  9. Two late goals doom Penguins against Canadiens, Pittsburgh opens new arena 0-2

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:06 PM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 You really can’t draw too many “big picture” conclusions after only two regular season games, but the Pittsburgh Penguins might have at least a little cause for concern. The team went ahead 2-1 in the middle of third period thanks to a nice goal by young forward Mark Letestu…

  10. John Tavares leaves Stars-Islanders game early because of 'mild concussion'

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    We’re not even finished with the first weekend of the regular season and the New York Islanders are already making a serious case for being the NHL’s unluckiest team, at least when it comes to injuries. (Better rub that lucky rabbit’s foot, Rick DiPietro.) The New York Islanders Twitter feed shares the news that 2009…

  11. Ondrej Pavelec discusses collapse, unaware when he might return

    Oct 9, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    After last night’s scary incident in which Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec collapsed early in a game against the Washington Capitals, Joe passed along an update that Pavelec suffered a concussion and is still in the hospital. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up with Pavelec this evening, who said he had no recollection…

  12. Drew Doughty admits he almost showed up late for the Olympic Gold Medal Game

    Oct 9, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Much like Jonathan Toews, Drew Doughty played beyond his stunningly young age (20) in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as Team Canada managed to win a gold medal. Doughty fit right in with veterans such as team captain Scott Niedermayer, so it almost seemed like his transition to the highest level of hockey was seamless. It…

  13. Today's starting goalies – October 9 [updated]

    Oct 9, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. Note: I’ll update…

  14. Productive power play propels San Jose Sharks past Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 For a while, it looked like this game might get out of hand. The San Jose Sharks took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period while Steve Mason looked more than a little beleaguered. The third-year goalie got his game together, though, and the Blue Jackets…

  15. Today's starting goalies – October 8

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. 12:00 PM ET…

  16. Report: Washington Capitals G Semyon Varlamov should return from IR next week

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    While the Washington Capitals top goalie job certainly isn’t set in stone, it seems like the smart money is on Semyon Varlamov as the “1a” in the rotation. At least to start the season. His stranglehold over the top job is in some danger because the Russian youngster is dealing with injury problems, but Puck…

  17. Report: Nashville Predators place Sergei Kostitsyn on IR because of broken toe

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Almost every team in the NHL is taking some kind of gamble on a “wild card” or “X-factor” player. Sometimes they’re solid veterans who could make the most of a plum job (see: Mike Comrie in Pittsburgh) or enigmatic talents whose decisions will leave just as many people guessing as their skills (example: Nikolai Zherdev…

  18. Back surgery will sideline Michael Leighton 6-8 weeks; can Sergei Bobrovsky steal top job?

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

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    Tough injury-related news out of Philadelphia today: the Flyers just announced that goalie Michael Leighton will need surgery on his back. That procedure will keep Leighton out six to eight weeks according to the team. Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told that goaltender Michael Leighton will have back surgery on Monday, Oct. 11…

  19. Cam Ward wins goalie duel with Niklas Backstrom as Hurricanes beat Wild 2-1

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    The Carolina Hurricanes are a team that places an incredible amount of emphasis on the production of two players: goalie Cam Ward and forward Eric Staal. While Staal was snubbed in both games in Finland, Ward is one of the main reasons why the Canes will leave Helsinki with a maximum four out of four…

  20. Los Angeles Kings to push nostalgia buttons on opening night by wearing purple 'retro' jerseys

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    For a franchise that owns zero Stanley Cups despite being in the league since 1967, the Los Angeles Kings need to occasionally distract their fans with shiny objects. Swanky jerseys are hockey’s version of shiny objects, so perhaps it makes sense that the Kings have featured a handful of stylish jersey options over the years.…

  21. Phoenix Coyotes sign first round D Brandon Gormley to entry-level deal

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes signed their first round pick Brandon Gormley today, a player who went 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Gormley followed Cam Fowler in the draft this year as an individual who seemed like a “blue chip” guy only to slip out of the top 10 picks. As usual, financial details…

  22. Boston Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to three-year, $15M extension

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Last year, I thought Marc Savard would have a big year for the Boston Bruins in part because he was in a contract year only to see the team sign him to a lucrative (and lengthy) contract extension. Patrice Bergeron was in a similar spot going into this season, but he too will avoid the…

  23. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia features hockey, Flyers in 'Mac's Big Break'

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last night was great enough considering the fact that hockey season started, but I was stunned (and delighted) to see that two of my favorite things collided. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (the best comedy on TV … that’s not on NBC, naturally) acknowledged the NHL’s opening night in its latest episode “Mac’s Big Break.”…

  24. Around the Rink – Previews for October 8

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    All around the hockey world, people are reacting (and often times overreacting) to the first regular season games of 2010-11. It might seem a little silly, but it’s also fantastic to see the return of breathless accounts and meaningful results. Let’s take a look at Day 2 of the 10-11 season, with start times in…

  25. Jordan Eberle's strong debut, Nikolai Khabibulin's shutout help Oilers top Flames 4-0

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers 4, Calgary Flames 0 Last season, you might have been able to summarize the Edmonton Oilers’ many miseries simply by pointing to their record against the Calgary Flames in the so-called Battle of Alberta: 0-6. In the first time in the 29 years the two spirited rivals squared off, the Oil couldn’t manage…

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