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James O’Brien

  1. Has the hockey world soured on Roberto Luongo?

    May 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    It’s natural to envision better things for a good player on a bad team. Sometimes it even works out. Just look at Kevin Garnett winning a title with the Boston Celtics if you need a solid example. For years, Roberto Luongo toiled away on horrible teams and put up great numbers. This made many believe…

  2. 2010 NHL playoffs: Adams clobbers Gorges

    May 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges (and Hal Gill) may have done the best job of shutting down Sidney Crosby since Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg stifled the star forward during two Stanley Cup Finals series. Word is that the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to put a body on the surprisingly effective former San Jose Shark…

  3. Could Detroit's loss be a win for 2010 IIHF World Championships?

    May 9, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    While our main focus at PHT is pro hockey (it is in the title, right?), we still have our eye on other puck-related events. One of the world’s best hockey tournaments is the Hockey World Championships held every summer. The added wrinkle is that the contest takes place during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which means…

  4. 2010 NHL playoffs: Marc-Andre Fleury shines

    May 9, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is so good after a loss, you almost wonder if the team should try to hypnotize him into thinking he’s coming off a defeat before every single game. (This would fall in line with my other idea for player hypnosis: tricking players into playing under the impression that they’re in…

  5. What they're saying about Habs-Pens

    May 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Tonight’s Game 5 between Montreal and Pittsburgh isn’t technically a must-win. That doesn’t mean that it lacks meaning, though. Here’s a few tidbits from both markets’ newspapers and bloggers. What Pittsburgh bloggers and newspapers are saying Sidney Crosby apparently views this game as a must-win, according to this story from NHL.com. Hall Gill and Josh Gorges are…

  6. Injury Reports for Montreal, Pittsburgh

    May 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Here’s a bit of scattered injury news from around the NHL. I didn’t come across much for Detroit and San Jose, but you will be informed if anything particularly noteworthy surfaces. Updates on Andrei Markov, Jaroslav Spacek There was some scuttlebutt about Andrei Markov possibly playing in the playoffs again despite “an unspecified knee injury,”…

  7. Future (and present) full of promise for Boston

    May 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    When discussing the Boston Bruins this year, I’d normally focus on the future. After all, with the mediocre way they were playing during the regular season, it was hard to imagine them doing much in the short term. Obviously the B’s continue to exceed expectations by being one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals,…

  8. Could Guerin's return help the Penguins solve Halak?

    May 8, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    After struggling mightily in Game 1, Jaroslav Halak is back to his world-beating self. In helping the Canadiens to a 2-2 series tie, the Slovakian goalie made 94 out of 98 saves in the last three games. While the Penguins are claiming that their approach won’t change, it’s difficult to imagine that the goalie’s strong…

  9. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks fall apart at home

    May 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    There’s something oddly poetic about the way the Vancouver Canucks played their last two home games. OK, sure, it’s more like bad high school poetry, but there’s an odd logic to it. After all, the team earned a lot of respect for not just surviving, but thriving during a historic road trip this regular season. The…

  10. 2010 NHL playoffs: Simon Gagne's OT winner

    May 8, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Considering how close the Bruins-Flyers series had been, a sweep almost seemed wrong. Simon Gagne made a big impact on his first game back from a foot injury, scoring an overtime game winning goal to keep Philadelphia alive. While the Flyers have an uphill battle the Red Wings (and now the Canucks) can really relate…

  11. 2010 NHL playoffs: Hat trick for Jonathan Toews

    May 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jonathan Toews had a ridiculous night on Friday. Combining his three goals and two assists, the young captain outscored Vancouver “by his lonesome.” Of course, he had plenty of help from his friends, but it was still an amazing performance. The tricky-last-named star scored his first career hat trick last night, helping the Chicago Blackhawks…

  12. Bloggers find logos for Edmonton Oilers' new AHL team, the OKC Barons

    May 7, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Long before I ever contemplated writing about hockey, I went to an Oklahoma City Blazers hockey game. It was a fantastic experience as the hockey was fun and violent (and the opposing team’s goalie gave us the finger! Hooray!). While I couldn’t imagine professional sports coming to that area, I left impressed by the veracity…

  13. Chicago's Burish calls Vancouver's Burrows, O'Brien 'clowns'

    May 7, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks keeps building. As much as modern athletes tend to get along with each other these days, it’s hard to find tension as legitimate as the beef between these two teams.  So it’s not too surprising that Chicago tough guy Adam Burish shared some harsh words for…

  14. Would a Bruins-Habs series be bad for hockey?

    May 7, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Look, I don’t bring up this question because I “hate” the Boston Bruins or the Montreal Canadiens. In fact, I’m a real sucker for those two teams. Their histories are Bill Gates-rich, with great fans, a fantastic rivalry and some sexy uniforms to boot. That doesn’t change the fact that I had horrible, horrible visions…

  15. The risks (and rewards) of emptying the net

    May 7, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s depressing to watch a goal go into your favorite team’s empty net. Up until that point, you could hope against hope that your team would magically end up scoring during that frantic last minute. When it does, it’s pure magic. Just look at Zach Parise’s last minute goal in the Olympic gold medal game. …

  16. Winnipeg hoping Coyotes will jet back into town

    May 7, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Could the Winnipeg Jets be back again? It’s a question that circulated around the hockey world earlier this year and the recent headlines indicating difficulties in the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Jerry Reinsdorf caused them to sprout up yet again. TSN’s Darren Dreger has more. Winnipeg will soon find out whether or not the…

  17. Injury Reports: Simon Gagne, Bill Guerin could be back

    May 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at injury news from around the NHL today. Simon Gagne a game-time decision tonight With the Boston Bruins dropping like flies, you never know if the Philadelphia Flyers might have a chance to make a comeback. Sure, it’s unlikely, but you never know. Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Simon…

  18. Examining Sidney Crosby's struggles

    May 7, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    During the Ottawa Senators series, Sidney Crosby was making a case for being the consensus greatest player in the hockey world. With an absurd 14 points in only 5 games, it looked like he was going to threaten Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux for all-time playoff performances. It only seems fair, then, that the deification…

  19. It didn't take long for Sharks 'choking' talk to return

    May 7, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    If any team can relate to the “What have you done for me lately?” feeling, it’s the San Jose Sharks. They bounced back from a heartbreaking loss against the Colorado Avalanche by never losing another game in the series. After going up 2-0 at home against Detroit, the Sharks managed to snatch Game 3 in…

  20. Poll: How much is Jaroslav Halak worth?

    May 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s not exactly as if Jaroslav Halak was a face in the crowd before the playoffs started. The impressive Slovak goalie sported an outstanding 92.4 save percentage and wrestled the Canadiens’ starting job from should-be savior Carey Price this season. Still, on a league-wide scale, there’s little doubt that this post-season run put him on…

  21. 2010 NHL playoffs: Franzen's four goal feat

    May 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    With Pavel Datsyuk hobbled and Henrik Zetterberg focusing most of his energy on stopping Sidney Crosby, the Detroit Red Wing who struck The Fear of God into me last Stanley Cup Finals was Johan Franzen. Simply put, the man has ridiculous hands and – when he’s on his game – little fear of using them…

  22. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Halak thwarts Malkin

    May 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    The Save of the Night seemingly had to come from Pittsburgh-Montreal merely because of the fact that Detroit beat San Jose by about a bijillion (OK, six) goals. With the Canadiens trapping the Penguins’ attack into submission, it seemed like this game would finish without a truly dangerous moment. That was until Evgeni Malkin managed to…

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