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James O’Brien

  1. Joe Pavelski's series-tying overtime GWG

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    One San Jose Sharks player unlikely to face much “choking” talk is Joe Pavelski. In Game 2 the American center scored a late third period that sent the match into overtime; the Sharks would eventually take their first win. Taking it one step further, Pavelski scored the overtime game winner last night, tying the series…

  2. Washington Capitals' most frustrating player

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:50 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…

  3. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Kings 'Back in Black' tonight

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    This has been a beautiful first week of the playoffs. Tonight we have three games and all of them will break 1-1 ties. Every single one of these games could be pivotal (although Game 5’s tend to be bigger). Let’s take a look at the three games we have to look forward to. (1) Washington…

  4. William Houston says he was 'too harsh'

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, I touched on William Houston’s squabble with Pension Plan Puppets (via Houston’s surprising comments toward James Mirtle). After receiving critiques from a wide variety sources, it seems that Houston is ready to apologize. Here’s what he posted a short while ago. On Friday, I deleted a paragraph from a previous posting that made…

  5. Dany Heatley expected to play in Game 4

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    It’s quite possible that the shot-happy, low-luck San Jose Sharks missed Dany Heatley last night. Despite putting up a stunning 51 shots, the team was not able to slip one past Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson. TSN reports that the controversial sniper will probably be back for Game 4. San Jose coach Todd McLellan says he expects…

  6. HC Dynamo Moscow expected to fold after 64 years

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The official announcement hasn’t been made just yet, but Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that Russia’s famous Dynamo Moscow team will no longer exist. It is now a fact: the oldest hockey club in Russia, Dynamo Moscow, does not exist anymore. The official announcement is coming in a few days. Again, it’s not a guarantee (or…

  7. Shane Doan questionable for Game 4 tomorrow

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan took a nasty spill into the boards during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, so it’s no surprise that Kevin Allen of USA Today just Tweeted that he’s day-to-day. Shane Doan skated briefly Monday and he’s day-to-day. Tippett said Coyotes may know at morning skate whether Doan will play Game…

  8. Thomas Vanek out, Drew Stafford in for Game 3

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Thomas Vanek is not expected to play in tonight’s Game 3 match against the Boston Bruins but it’s not all bad news for the Buffalo Sabres. Solid winger Drew Stafford is supposed to return after suffering from concussion symptoms, the Boston Herald reports. The Sabres may be missing their best goalscorer in Thomas Vanek, out with…

  9. William Houston's skirmish with bloggers continues

    Apr 19, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    I usually have mixed feelings when bloggers and/or newspaper people get into slap fights. On some level, it’s uncomfortable because usually both sides bring something to the table; while a blogger might have a better sense of number crunching and snarky analysis, a columnist often brings years of experience to his or her writing. That…

  10. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis impersonated at game

    Apr 19, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    There are worse people you can imitate than Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis (pictured to the right). After all, he’s super-rich and an owner known for being media savvy (he has a blog!). So perhaps it shouldn’t be that surprising that someone decided to do just that; Marty Siegel pretended to be the owner during a…

  11. NHL attendance down overall, but up in second half

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The Biz of Hockey featured a story that has some good news and some bad news regarding NHL attendance figures. The bad news is that – overall – league wide gates dropped 2.2 percent compared to the 2008-09 season. The good news, though, is that things went up in the second half of the season as…

  12. A gallery of Sharks' sadness

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Brandon covered the essential bases of that Shakespearean tragedy of a Sharks-Avalanche last night. He did well to mention the horrific Dan Boyle mistake*, Craig Anderson’s masterful 51-save performance and include highlights of the game. Still, I cannot help but weigh in a bit and then provide some reactions via Sharks fans and bloggers. Before the…

  13. NBC Video: Discussing Habs-Caps

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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  14. Coyotes beat Red Wings 4-2, take 2-1 series lead

    Apr 18, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    NBC Playoff Coverage Phoenix Coyotes 4, Red Wings 2, Coyotes lead series 2-1 (Obviously, this photo isn’t from today’s game but it’s so worth it. Look at the women’s facial expressions. That’s classic, folks.) Perhaps Sami Lepisto’s goal 29 seconds into the first period symbolized what the Phoenix Coyotes are and the Detroit Red Wings…

  15. NBC Playoffs Chat: Coyotes-Red Wings Game 3

    Apr 18, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Today marks the second day of our first weekend of playoff coverage at NBC. Sunday’s game is a tilt between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings at 3:00 PM ET. Feel free to jump into our live chat starting … now! We’ll take you through the entire game and Pro Hockey Talk will…

  16. Three goals in no time; Phoenix up 4-2

    Apr 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Update: Well, apparently the Coyotes could respond. Just as I published the post when it was 3-2, the Coyotes scored another goal. It’s now 4-2 with 7:31 left in a game that finally fits the bizarre profile of its predecessors. Strange series so far … *** Now that was a beautiful goal. Radim Vrbata and…

  17. Wojtek Wolski makes it 2-1 Coyotes

    Apr 18, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Wojtek Wolski: difficult to spell, harder to stop. He came to Phoenix via a trade to Colorado and it seems as if both players (him and Peter Mueller, who was great before he suffered a head injury thanks to a Rob Blake hit) are benefiting from the change of scenery. Wolski scored a go-ahead goal…

  18. Sami Lepisto gives Phoenix early 1-0 lead

    Apr 18, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Wow, that was fast. Last time NBC covered a Red Wings game, you could barely sit down before Chris Osgood allowed a Dan Carcillo goal. This time around, the goalie was Jimmy Howard but that hardly seemed to matter. Sami Lepisto scored the goal as there was a mad scramble in front of Howard. The…

  19. What they're saying about Phoenix-Detroit

    Apr 18, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Red Wings-Coyotes series has been among the best of the playoffs so far, no doubt about it. NBC is carrying the series’ debut in the Motor City at 3:00 pm ET today. To get you revved up, we’re providing plenty of coverage, a live chat during the game and more. If your appetites are…

  20. Will 'nice guy' Shane Doan finish first, for once?

    Apr 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    NBC Playoff Coverage Game 3: Phoenix Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings, series tied 1-1 Live on NBC at 3:00 PM ET Often sportswriters will decry a younger athlete’s “lack of effort” and say that they’re guilty of assuming that they’ll be in a championship situation every year. I wonder how that kind of talk would…

  21. Retirement for Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom?

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    NBC Playoff Coverage Game 3: Phoenix Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings, Series tied 1-1 Live on NBC at 3:00 PM ET It didn’t really hit me until today, but really, the Detroit Red Wings are a salary cap puzzle after this season. For instance: they only have six forwards (currently playing) under contract next season;…

  22. Who could be the Flyers' 10-11 goalie?

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Brian Boucher has been a nice story in this year’s playoffs so far, but it doesn’t camouflage the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers need stability – or really, credibility – in net. Too many years they’ve allowed their goalie position to be an Unsolved Mystery. Far too many times I’m able to trot out my “Philadelphia is…

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