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James O’Brien

  1. Cup victory will bust long slump for one finalist

    May 15, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    This year’s Cup winner will raise the Cup with a sense of triumph just like any other, but the franchise itself might utter a sigh of relief when they’re not screaming their lungs out. The reason is simple: regardless of who wins, someone will end up busting a serious Stanley Cup slump. For the last…

  2. Pucktales: Sami Salo's off-season 'plans'

    May 13, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Art by: Deven “Gray” Hoover from Couch Tarts Joke by: James O’Brien

  3. Both Conference finals series to start on Sunday

    May 13, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Sunday, May 16 looks to be a great day for hockey fans. Both the Western and Eastern Conference finals will begin on then, with the Blackhawks-Sharks tilt appearing on NBC at 3 PM ET. Here’s the news from the NHL. The National Hockey League today announced that the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final,…

  4. Sharks organization sports deep Blackhawks roots

    May 13, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

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    When the Chicago Blackhawks organization to travels to San Jose to open the Western Conference finals, forgive them if they feel like they’re looking into a mirror (although maybe on the other end, the faces are a little bit tanner). You can see Chicago’s fingerprints all over the Sharks organization. Need evidence? Let’s take a…

  5. Disgraced former coach Graham James spotted in Mexico

    May 13, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    CBC News and The Globe and Mail reporters found pardoned sex offender and former junior hockey coach Graham James living in Mexico. The stomach-turning story is captured here by Greg McArthur. With dozens of hungry patrons jostling for position at the El Super taco stand, and nuns weaving between double-parked cars, the retired hockey coach carrying…

  6. Sidney Crosby passes on 2010 IIHF WC Team Canada invite

    May 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    To little surprise, Sidney Crosby turned down an invitation to play for Team Canada in the 2010 IIHF World Championships. Here’s the Associated Press story. Crosby, who played in all but one of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 95 games this season, including playoffs, turned down the invitation on Thursday after being asked to replace the injured…

  7. Willie Mitchell criticizes Colin Campbell's 'relationships'

    May 13, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Willie Mitchell finally spoke to the media today after being out of action since January 16 because of concussion issues caused by an Evgeni Malkin hit. The rugged defenseman spoke out against NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, particularly the effects his “relationships” have on some of his decision making. The Vancouver Province has the story. “I know Colin…

  8. Jared Staal joins brother Eric in Carolina thanks to trade

    May 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Instead of sibling rivalry, perhaps the Carolina Hurricanes will be known for sibling revelry. The team traded for Jared Staal, the youngest brother of the team’s best player Eric Staal. Here’s a little bit more from NHL.com. The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Jared Staal, the youngest brother of Hurricanes captain Eric Staal in a trade…

  9. Poll: Re-assessing Jaroslav Halak's value

    May 13, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    About six days ago, I couldn’t help but wonder what Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak might be worth. Even then, he was the No. 1 reason the team made it so far. Another thing I couldn’t help but do was ask the general hockey public to share their thoughts on his value. Here’s the poll results.…

  10. Should the Penguins trade Evgeni Malkin?

    May 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a couple years since someone brought up the idea of the Penguins trading Evgeni Malkin. On some level, it’s kind of refreshing. Like hearing an old friend make the same terrible joke he used to make when you were still in high school. This time, John Grigg of The Hockey News brings the concept…

  11. Video: Crosby 'stunned' by loss

    May 13, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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  12. Sidney Crosby, Penguins fall short against Canadiens 5-2

    May 12, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    The Montreal Canadiens have become experts at “stealing” victories thanks to conservative defense, great goaltending and timely offense. Tonight, however, the Pittsburgh Penguins practically dropped victory in their laps. Montreal Canadiens 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 Canadiens win series 4-3 Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury set the tone for the game … the only problem was…

  13. NBC to carry Blackhawks-Sharks on Sunday, May 16 at 3PM ET

    May 12, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    NBC will cover Game 1 of the San Jose Sharks-Chicago Blackhawks Western Conference finals matchup in San Jose on Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. ET. This should be a fantastic series as both teams are loaded with offensive and defensive talent. Personally, I can’t wait to see how this one pans out since both clubs bring…

  14. Canadiens-Penguins Game 7 Live Chat

    May 12, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    Game 7’s are like Christmas in a dysfunctional family. On one hand, the night is full of gifts and perhaps even some honey baked ham. That being said, there are stressful moments (especially if the game goes into overtime or your crazy Uncle Peter relieves himself in the fruit punch again). These are the kind…

  15. Montreal up 4-2 after 2nd, Philly up 1-0 after 1st

    May 12, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

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    Things were looking really grim for the Pittsburgh Penguins for a while there. They went down 4-0 to Montreal at one point after Travis Moen chased Marc-Andre Fleury thanks to an ugly shorthanded goal. At that point, it was looking like the Penguins would just be playing for pride. Now they have at least a…

  16. Penguins shoot selves in the foot, trail Habs 2-0

    May 12, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Despite Brandon’s suggestions, it’s clear that the Pittsburgh Penguins carried their frustrations over from Game 6. The Canadiens go into the second period with a 2-0 lead mostly because of the Penguins’ own mistakes. Sidney Crosby took a bad boarding penalty about 10 seconds into the game and Matt Cooke followed him shortly. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed…

  17. 2010 NHL playoffs: Previews for tonight's games

    May 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    We have two big games tonight and – barring an overtime in the Penguins-Canadiens Game 7 that would surely give me a heart attack – hockey fans should be able to watch all of one and a chunk of the other. Let’s take a look at the two big games, starting with the penultimate Pens…

  18. Chicago dismantles Vancouver 5-1 to win series

    May 12, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

    For a tiny chunk of the third period, it looked like the Canucks were going to at least make things interesting. Shane O’Brien scored a goal to make it 3-1 and the team generated some nice chances. Perhaps that simply woke up the Blackhawks, though, as two constant nuisances – Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien…

  19. Glendale might give NHL $25 million to keep Coyotes in Arizona

    May 11, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier tonight I shared a report that Ice Edge Holdings might not actually be all the way out of negotiations to own the Phoenix Coyotes. The saga continues tonight and this time around, there’s some more (potentially) good news for fans hoping the team stays put. Here’s the story from the Associated Press. The Glendale city…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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.…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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