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James O’Brien

  1. Did refs let too much go in Habs-Flyers Game 1?

    May 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    During the Chicago Blackhawks-San Jose Sharks live chat, I brought up the possibility that the Philadelphia Flyers’ traditional physical (some might say dirty?) style could make life miserable for the Montreal Canadiens. That certainly seemed to be the case in Game 1 as the Flyers bludgeoned and bruised the Habs on their way to a…

  2. Glen Metropolit was a member of the Flyers, Habs on same day

    May 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    In this age of salary cap casualties, unrestricted free agency and trade deadline frenzies, it’s not surprising to see a player go from friend to foe or vice versa. Still, Glen Metropolit was in a pretty unique spot on November 27, 2009: he suited up with both the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers during the…

  3. Capitals sign Nicklas Backstrom to 10-year, $67 million deal

    May 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday, I wondered if the Washington Capitals would extend Nicklas Backstrom to a shorter, Crosby-like deal or lock him up with one of those “lifetime” contracts. It looks like the answer is the lifetime deal; the team announced today that they signed the talented Swede to a 10-year, $67 million contract. For you non-math majors out…

  4. 2010 NHL playoffs: Dustin Byfuglien wins it

    May 17, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Earlier this year, Dustin Byfuglien was one of the names people would bring up when discussing Chicago Blackhawks salary cap casualties. Sure, many said, he brings some unique skills to the table but he can also be very frustrating. It’s difficult to imagine Big Buff going anywhere now, though. He’s been an absolute beast in…

  5. 2010 NHL playoffs: Antti Niemi saves Chicago

    May 17, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Both Michael Leighton and Antti Niemi produced great performances last night. Leighton sported a 28-save shutout while Niemi somehow allowed only one goal on 45 shots. As great as Leighton was, Niemi stood out as the best goalie of the night. He made save after save as the San Jose Sharks created all kinds of…

  6. NBC Video: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith interviews

    May 16, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    First, Jonathan Toews and his awesome sideburns:   Duncan Keith discusses his big minutes and great playoff production.  

  7. Flyers destroy Habs 6-0, take 1-0 series lead

    May 16, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    The pre-series talk focused on how much of a factor Jaroslav Halak would be. Yet in Game 1, Michael Leighton earned his first career playoff shutout while Halak didn’t even make it through the second period. To put it simply, the Flyers mercilessly pounded the Canadiens 6-0. Philadelphia Flyers 6, Montreal Canadiens 0 Flyers lead…

  8. Capitals to announce Nicklas Backstrom contract Monday

    May 16, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    If the Associated Press report is correct, the Washington Capitals plan on announcing the signing of stud Swede center Nicklas Backstrom to a new contract on Monday. Before he won the Conn Smythe trophy last season, Evgeni Malkin’s “under-the-radar” brilliance frustrated a lot of hockey people (and there still are some who remain frustrated that…

  9. Philly chases Halak, builds lead to 4-0

    May 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Once again, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves dismantled in a Game 1. The Philadelphia Flyers bombarded the Habs with a three goal outburst in the second period, chasing Jaroslav Halak in the process. The score is 4-0 in favor of Philadelphia going into the third. Versus threw up some interesting stats for this game. Apparently…

  10. NBC Video: Hawks-Sharks Game 1 star cam, sounds

    May 16, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    First, Chicago’s Star Cam highlights:   Next, San Jose’s Star Cam highlights:   Finally, here’s the best Sounds of the Game.  

  11. Flyers take 1-0 lead in first period

    May 16, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

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    In the beginning of the first period, this was looking like another typical Montreal Canadiens playoff game. Jaroslav Halak was under siege worse than Steven Segal at certain points, yet the Philadelphia Flyers only managed one powerplay goal from Braydon Coburn. The big difference is that the Canadiens are showing a little more punch, even…

  12. Lindsay Lohan starts bar fight with Rangers Sean Avery, Aaron Voros

    May 16, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    The New York Post reports that movie star-turned-belligerent-fiend Lindsay Lohan allegedly started a booze-chucking argument with Sean Avery and Aaron Voros of the New York Rangers.  For once, it seems like Avery wasn’t the one causing the trouble. Here’s the blurb. The troubled starlet threw a drink over Voros’ model girlfriend, Jessica Stam, and then…

  13. Examining PHT Staff second round predictions

    May 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    We don’t take ourselves too seriously here at Pro Hockey Talk. Ultimately, we want to bing you a nice mixture of puck-based news and entertainment. One of the more torturous practices involves making fearful predictions for a sport that is about as predictable as a David Lynch film. To the chagrin of us three, we must…

  14. Hockey players and their missing teeth

    May 15, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    What do you picture in your head when you think of a typical hockey player? Most people would probably imagine a Canadian guy with a mullet, helmet, skates and a stick. Maybe a crooked nose from all the fights and high-sticks. And when that hockey player smiles, he must be missing teeth, right? It’s one…

  15. Did a lack of character doom the Bruins?

    May 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa regularly produces great work and his post about Boston’s profound meltdown is a fantastic read. At times it’s a little brutal, but so is reality. Here are some of the most interesting tidbits from his column. Aside from his overtime winner in Game 1, it was a forgettable series for…

  16. Hal Gill: Flyers are 'easy to hate'

    May 15, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Hal Gill is a big man who can apparently talk a big game. There might be some fans and suits who are disappointed that the Eastern Conference finals lacks a dream match on the Pittsburgh-Washington scale, but if Gill’s candid words are any indication, the series should be a lot of fun. Here’s what he…

  17. Conference finals highlight rise of European goaltending

    May 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    One of the lingering lessons of the Olympics (for me, anyway) was how far European/non-North American goaltending has come in the last four years. Just look at the great tournament Jonas Hiller had for the Swiss national team. That trend is definitely continuing in the NHL playoffs as three of the four conference finalists feature…

  18. Team USA blasts Kazakhstan 10-0

    May 15, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Team USA finally scored some goals after some serious offensive impotency through its previous games. They shellacked Kazakhstan 10-0 this afternoon in their first game in the regulation round. PHT’s Joe Yerdon did a nice job of explaining USA Hockey’s predicament for the Hockey Worlds blog. While being sent to the relegation round is embarrassing enough, as…

  19. 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…

  20. 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

  21. 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,…

  22. 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…

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