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James O’Brien

  1. 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. …

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. David Krejci to miss rest of playoffs with broken wrist

    May 6, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    With players dropping like flies and the team winning despite all that, one must wonder if the Boston Bruins will suit up beer leaguers at some point in the playoffs. James Murphy of NESN shares that center David Krejci will be out for the playoffs after suffering from a broken wrist thanks to a legal…

  10. Byfuglien makes Luongo miserable, Chicago wins 5-2

    May 6, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    He might not have the subtle goalie screening skills of Tomas Holmstrom, but Dustin Byfuglien had an enormous impact on Roberto Luongo in Chicago’s 5-2 win tonight. The large forward scored a hat trick and generally made life miserable for the Canucks goalie. Chicago Blackhawks 5, Vancouver Canucks 2 Blackhawks lead series 2-1 The final…

  11. Dustin Byfuglien, Alex Burrows make impact on second, Chi up 3-2

    May 5, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    For a while there, it was looking like Alex Burrows was going to be the goat of the second period. The high-scoring pest took a bad unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that allowed Chicago to score yet another powerplay goal. We were reminded that Burrows’s only 2010 playoff goal came from an empty netter so far. Well,…

  12. Antti Niemi holds strong in first, Chicago up 2-0

    May 5, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    If things keep going this way, Cinco de Mayo might become a holiday for Finnish goalies too. Tuukka Rask provided outstanding goaltending in the Bruins’ win against the Flyers while fellow countrymen Antti Niemi came up big for Chicago in the first period. The Blackhawks hold a 2-0 lead largely because their goalie is outplaying…

  13. Tuukka Rask, Bruins paralyze Philly, take 3-0 series lead

    May 5, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Most of this year, hockey writers lingered on just how much better the Bruins were last year. Now, with one more win, Boston can pass the 2008-09 team in the area that matters the most: the playoffs. Boston Bruins 4, Philadelphia Flyers 1 Bruins lead series 3-0 To me, the biggest moment might have been…

  14. David Krejci leaves game, Boston still up 2-1

    May 5, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    It’s unclear how severe the injury is, but David Krejci left today’s game after taking a hit from Mike Richards. The Boston Bruins center appeared to favor his wrist on the play in which he – oddly enough – earned an assist. No word yet on whether or not he’ll return to tonight’s game or…

  15. NHL playoffs benefit from both Cinderella teams and 'dynasties'

    May 5, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    When people talk about sports, they love to talk about two types of teams: dynasties and Cinderella teams. Sure, there’s something to be said for those New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers juggernauts in the ’80s and the Montreal Canadiens in the ’70s, but who doesn’t love those teams who caught lightning in a bottle?…

  16. Bruins build 2-1 lead going into second period

    May 5, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

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    The NHL playoffs are full of upsets but try this on for size: there were absolutely zero penalties in the first period of tonight’s Bruins-Flyers game. What? Isn’t this Philadelphia and Boston? How exactly does that happen? Things got crazy in a different way early in the first period. Aaron Asham scored 2:32 into the…

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

    May 5, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    With San Jose’s defeat of Detroit last night, we currently have two series that could end in a sweep. Will Boston put the Flyers in a full nelson and really take hold of the series? Which of the Canucks or Blackhawks will give their team a one-game advantage? Let’s take a look at the two…

  18. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau help Sharks steal game 3

    May 4, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

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    The Red Wings looked like they were going to get right back in the mix in their series with the San Jose Sharks, holding a 3-1 lead going into the third period. Unfortunately, they couldn’t contain the supposed “chokers” from California … particularly that totally not clutch Joe Thornton. San Jose Sharks 4, Detroit Red Wings…

  19. Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury shine in 2-0 Pens win

    May 4, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    The Montreal Canadiens are living and dying by Jaroslav Halak’s game netminding and timely counter-punching goals. Tonight, they died.  Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury made the Habs pay for their trapping ways tonight, grinding out a 2-0 victory to take Game 3 in Montreal. Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Montreal Canadiens 0 Penguins lead series 2-1 While I…

  20. Calls start to go Detroit's way; Wings up 2-1, Habs-Pens still 0-0

    May 4, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    All of a sudden, officiating luck is starting to go Detroit’s way. Shortly after having a potential 1-0 lead erased by video review, the VHS gods smiled upon Tomas Holmstrom’s genuine 1-0 tally. Later in the first period, the Red Wings benefited from a tough call on the Sharks as Logan Couture was (perhaps incorrectly)…

  21. Disallowed Red Wings goal brings out the foil, both games 0-0

    May 4, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

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    We’re about 10 minutes through Sharks-Red Wings in Detroit right now and the Tin Foil Hats might just enter the building (figuratively, since fans were caught by FS Detroit’s cameras to be wearing exactly those before the game). After an extensive video review, a would-be first goal of the game for Henrik Zetterberg was called…

  22. Kostitsyn brothers struggle; Hockey's funniest sibling combos

    May 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    In the 2007-08 season, the Kostitsyn brothers burst onto the NHL scene and looked like they might be the non-twin answer to the Sedins before long. Since that nice introduction into the league, the two have struggled with inconsistency, scandal and bad vibes all around. The Canadian Press sets the scene around the most mercurial…

  23. 2010 NHL playoffs: Previews for tonight's games

    May 4, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s two games are only a half-hour apart, so I thought it would be prudent to discuss them together here. Let’s take a look at what’s at stake in each match. Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM ET (Versus, CBC) Series tied 1-1 When Sidney Crosby was an awkward little Nova Scotia native, his favorite…

  24. Jaromir Jagr signs one-year deal with Omsk in KHL

    May 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    The dream already seemed to fade away, but it’s now official: Jaromir Jagr will not play in the NHL during the 2010-11 season. The 38-year-old winger signed a one-year contract to remain in the KHL as a member of Avangard Omsk. TSN had a few quotes from Jagr on the negotiations and his once-again murky future…

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