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James O’Brien

  1. Flyers, Blackhawks enter third period tied 2-2

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    After putting up three shutouts against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals, Michael Leighton is struggling in the Stanley Cup finals. He allowed a fairly weak goal tonight against Brent Sopel (of all people) as the two teams go into the third period tied 2-2. Duncan Keith is credited with the other Blackhawks…

  2. Danny Briere gives Flyers 1-0 lead heading into 2nd period

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    They’re not blowing the Chicago Blackhawks out of the frozen water right now, but the Philadelphia Flyers have to be fairly pleased with their performance in the first period. The team will take a 1-0 lead into the second period and should have a powerplay to kick off the middle frame thanks to a scrum…

  3. Colorado Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke may need to sell team

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    The Colorado Avalanche might need to look for a new owner soon, as the NFL seems primed to approve the sale of the St. Louis Rams to current Avs owner Stan Kroenke. The football league prohibits an owner of an NFL team from owning competitive sports clubs in the same markets that host NFL franchises;…

  4. Roenick blasts Pronger for stealing pucks

    Jun 2, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Earlier this week, people were criticizing Jeremy Roenick for not “picking a side” in the Stanley Cup finals since the retired center played some of his best hockey for both the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks. Well, he might have been antsy when it comes to choosing a favorite, but that doesn’t mean he’s shy…

  5. League shoots down return of Hartford Whalers

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    To say that the defunct Hartford Whalers franchise still has something of a cult following is, I think, fairly reasonable. So when people see remnants of the team (since moved to Carolina as the Hurricanes) and its distinct logo, the nostalgia comes rushing back. On occasion, a lot of wishful thinking joins that nostalgia. Unfortunately,…

  6. Blackhawks, Flyers just three years removed from NHL basement

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    It’s not the only way to build a team in the post-lockout era, but it seems obvious that getting a lucky break with the NHL Draft is becoming the Express Lane to respectability. Of course, you need the lottery balls to bounce your way – and really, it doesn’t hurt if you get a high pick…

  7. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Should Chicago consider breaking up Kane and Toews?

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Winning tends to conceal blemishes like a crafty woman’s makeup. You forget the defensive breakdowns because your goalie made some key stops. Perhaps the struggles of crucial players can be glazed over thanks to an unexpected contribution or two. Up 2-0 after holding strong with two one-goal victories at home, the Chicago Blackhawks may be…

  8. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Was Game 2 louder than Game 1?

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brandon went over how ridiculously loud Chicago’s Game 1 contest was, so I couldn’t help but wonder if Game 2 was even louder. lists those decibel readings here and points out this lesson: going to a Chicago Blackhawks game might not be great for your health, even if you’re not eating deep dish pizzas all night. First, here…

  9. Flyers aren't panicking despite 0-2 deficit

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Despite being in a 0-2 hole in the Stanley Cup finals, the Philadelphia Flyers claim that they aren’t panicking just yet. Here’s what Danny Briere said about the team’s situation and their impressive – yet ineffective – third period. “At this point, we’re still confident; there are two teams standing,” Briere said. “We have to be confident,…

  10. Should we call Chris Pronger 'The Puck Burglar'?

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ah, Chris Pronger. He’s just one of those players who can’t go long without upsetting someone. The latest controversy caused by the big defenseman came after he apparently snatched what would be the “game puck” after both Game 1 and Game 2. This leaded to a heated (if silly) exchange with Chicago Blackhawks tough guy…

  11. Report: Nicklas Lidstrom to return for one more year

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    While the official announcement hasn’t been made, the Detroit News reports that Nicklas Lidstrom decided to return for at least one more season with the Detroit Red Wings. Wings officials will announce later today Lidstrom has agreed to a one-year deal. The exact amount was unknown, but it is believed to be near $6 million. If that…

  12. Videos: Flyers-Hawks Star Cam highlights

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

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  13. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Live Chat for Game 2 of Flyers-Hawks

    May 31, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    At first I thought that Saturday’s Live Chat had the most readers ever, but it turns out it had the most comments. While that’s not as sexy as sheer reader numbers, what that means is that everyone had a lot to say about that wacky Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. (And maybe ……

  14. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Top stars for Blackhawks, Flyers must improve

    May 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Chicago Blackhawks might have won Game 1 on Saturday, but neither team should be too pleased with their overall efforts. Sure, the Hawks should be happy that their supporting cast contributed so much and the Flyers can at least take some positivity from giving their opponents a good run, but both teams played horrible defense.…

  15. Remembering Chicago's 'relentless' pursuit of Marian Hossa

    May 31, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Just a few moments ago, I discussed a Montreal Gazette story that included an interesting bit regarding hockey agent Rich Winter’s formula for building elite NHL teams. As it turns out, I couldn’t help but find another portion of that story quite interesting. It’s not surprising for teams to go all-out to court star players. Sometimes, in college sports,…

  16. Agent offers 'Moneyball'-style formula for elite NHL teams

    May 31, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    What defines an “elite” team? Let’s get the generic questions out of the way. Do you need wave after wave of high-end offensive talent? Perhaps the biggest component is a defensive system that can smother your opposition’s attack into submission. Or maybe it’s all about having a goalie who can stand tall when your team…

  17. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Dan Carcillo may return for Game 2

    May 31, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Here are some minor injury updates and news for tonight’s Game 2 between the Flyers and Blackhawks. Darren Dreger reports that Flyers super-pest Dan Carcillo is expected to be back in the orange tonight for Philadelphia. Take a look at Dreger’s Tweet. (That sounds a bit dirty, doesn’t it?) Carcillo playing. Says he’s excited. Says he…

  18. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Dave Bolland's 'checking line' makes a huge impact for Chicago

    May 31, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The one thing that separates the Chicago Blackhawks from the rest of the league – aside from that horrible, horrible, horrible “Chelsea Dagger” goal song – is their slap-you-in-the-face depth. Say what you will about Brian Campbell, you’re doing pretty well when he’s (maybe) your third best blueliner. After you get past the Toews and…

  19. Andrew Ladd misses morning skate, unlikely for Game 2

    May 31, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    While missing a pre-game skate is no guarantee that a player will miss a game, it’s still not a promising sign. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd did not participate in the morning session today. Of course, for at least Game 1, the Blackhawks could live with his replacement Tomas Kopecky. He had…

  20. Electronic Arts' upcoming Wii game to feature hockey stick controller, Wayne Gretzky

    May 31, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    It’s no secret that Electronic Arts took over the hockey video game genre, at least on the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3, with its NHL series. There’s a reason that Take-Two Interactive decided to pull its NHL2K series off of the consoles that emphasize graphics. Yet now the one advantage Take Two enjoyed – publishing the only…

  21. Pronger: Byfuglien matchup, underdog talk 'blown out of proportion'

    May 31, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Chris Pronger is not a shy player when it comes to mixing it up in the corners … or, apparently, when he is in front of a microphone or a reporter’s notebook. The big brute often provides candid (well, for hockey players, at least) comments to the media and this weekend was no exception. Pronger is…

  22. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Supporting cast helps Chicago win weird Game 1, 6-5

    May 29, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    Hockey writers might need to dust off a thesaurus or two to describe this one. What’s the correct variation of “strange” to describe this one? Should people refer to it as bewildering? Bizarre? Maybe a car wreck? All of those labels apply, but I think I’ll go with Brandon’s “sloppy” or maybe up the ante…

  23. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Live Chat for Game 1 of Flyers-Hawks

    May 29, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    Well, it’s been ages (Monday! Gah!) since there’s been playoff hockey but our patience will be rewarded with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight. Come chat with us during NBC’s live coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. It should be mighty interesting to see how these not-so-familiar foes match up.…

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