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James O’Brien

  1. What's 'wrong' with Evgeni Malkin?

    May 3, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

    Last year, Evgeni Malkin came just short of winning the Hart Trophy before winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. If there were an NHL award for best overall season, Malkin may have been the unanimous choice. So, yes, perhaps it’s fair for writers such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook to wonder if…

  2. NBC Video: Last night's highlights

    May 3, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

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  3. Inside Joe Pavelski's red-hot playoff run

    May 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

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    It’s not as if Joe Pavelski was chopped liver before this year’s playoffs. In some circles, the right handed American center was considered among the NHL’s best second centers. He can bring some decent offense (26 goals, 51 points in the regular season) with great faceoff and hustle bonuses, or so it seemed until he…

  4. Save(s) of the Night: A whole lot of glove

    May 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

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    For some reason, the best saves of the night in my mind(and, also of the Sharks-Red Wings game in general) stuck out as glove saves. Perhaps that has a lot to do with the natural showmanship that comes with waving your hand and stopping those elusive top shelf chances. Both Evgeni Nabokov and Jimmy Howard…

  5. Goal(s) of the Night: Cammalleri's coordination

    May 3, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

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    Joe Pavelski (deservingly) will dominate many of the “player of the day” type headlines around the NHL since he’s been hotter than Mila Kunis the last 3-5 games. (More on that later. Pavelski, that is, not Kunis.) Another piping-hot run is that of Montreal Canadiens sniper Mike Cammalleri. He’s only played one playoff game so…

  6. Sharks win thanks to the two Joes: Thornton and Pavelski

    May 2, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

    Joe Thornton must continue to put up numbers to kill all the choking jokes, but Sharks fans must feel good about his first two games against Detroit. In Game 1, Thornton supplied a sweet assist. In tonight’s game, Jumbo Joe scored the game winner off of a Dany Heatley rebound. It was a rare moment…

  7. Red Wings manage 3-2 lead with one period left

    May 2, 2010, 9:54 PM EST

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    In an interview during the first intermission, Sharks forward Ryane Clowe downplayed the effect Tomas Holmstrom’s elite screening skills had on the Red Wings’ second goal. There’s no doubt that the man I call “The Human Eclipse” is making an impact on this game, though, as that first goal indeed was credited to him and…

  8. Detroit Red Wings expected to make GM Ken Holland a 'lifer'

    May 2, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    The Detroit Red Wings have been the gold standard of hockey competence for about two decades and it sounds like they’ll be locking up two big reasons why they have been at that level for so long. Ansar Khan of reports that the organization are expected to wrap up general manager Ken Holland and assistant general…

  9. Sharks, Red Wings tied 2-2 after 1st period

    May 2, 2010, 8:50 PM EST

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    Joe Pavelski is far from the “other” Joe right now. He tied the game 1-1 with yet another goal on the powerplay about midway through the first period. This makes it five consecutive games with at least one goal for the red hot Big Pavelski. (The puck abides?) Ryane Clowe also had some really nice…

  10. General Manager of the Year award coming soon

    May 2, 2010, 12:30 AM EST

    Get your “Fire Glen Sather” jokes ready, because the NHL might introduce an annual award for the league’s best general manager, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. The first annual General Manager Award will indeed see the light of day this year. You may remember this was Brian Burke’s idea a few years back and, finally, after…

  11. Blackhawks react to 5-1 beating

    May 1, 2010, 11:50 PM EST

    The Vancouver Canucks dismantled Chicago tonight and that much is not lost on the Blackhawks. Still, it is just one game and coach Joel Quenneville thinks that their experience in last year’s playoffs will help them fight the urge to panic. “We had a lot of uncertainly last year,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Going into…

  12. Report: Marco Sturm will miss rest of playoffs

    May 1, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

    The Boston Bruins are just asking themselves for “bruise” related pun headlines. This afternoon, they saw Marc Savard – a guy who missed two months with concussion issues – score a game-winning overtime goal. With the way their season is going, it almost makes sense that they are dealing with another injury problem. The team…

  13. Canucks dominate Blackhawks 5-1

    May 1, 2010, 10:45 PM EST

    Things were not easy for the Chicago Blackhawks against Nashville, a seventh seed known mainly for grinding their way into the playoffs. So I had a feeling that things would be even rockier against the Vancouver Canucks and that clearly seems to be the case. Vancouver Canucks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 1 Canucks lead series 1-0…

  14. What they're saying about Canucks-Hawks

    May 1, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

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    For hockey nerds like myself, it doesn’t get much better than Canucks versus Blackhawks. These teams are loaded with talent (Vancouver has those supremely bizarre Sedin twins! Chicago has Kane, Toews, Keith and Hossa!), but what really makes this series fascinating is the fact that the they truly hate each other. To get you revved…

  15. NBC Videos: Wrapping up Boston's win

    May 1, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

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    Boston’s dramatic overtime win over Philadelphia was exciting, for sure. After Marc Savard’s fairytale OT GWG, Pierre McGuire spoke with another resurgent Bruins forward who suffered from plenty of concussion problems: Patrice Bergeron. What follows is an interesting interview from a player with a unique perspective on what his teammate must be going through.  …

  16. Jim Corsi: The man behind Corsi numbers

    Apr 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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    The hockey world is ages behind “Moneyball” philosophy and Sabermetrics, just to name a few buzzwords associated with the innovative stats championed by baseball writers and stats gurus for years. That isn’t to say that hockey bloggers/writers/fans/front office people are completely turning a blind eye to analysis that goes deeper than goals, assists and plus/minuses, though.…

  17. Capitals GM says Bruce Boudreau isn't going anywhere

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau’s results keeps improving in the regular season, but many questioned his job security after the Caps lost in the first round to the Canadiens. Washington Post reporter Tarik El-Bashir tracked down the team’s general manager George McPhee (affectionately called GMGM by many Washington fans), who claims that Boudreau will be around…

  18. Alex Ovechkin responds to criticism

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

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    In our instant analysis-crazed society, it seems like people just cannot help but make a hasty, sweeping judgment about almost anything. At one point, Alex Ovechkin was the superhuman, unquestioned best player in hockey according to many experts. Yet after a medal-free Olympics run and a first round defeat few saw coming, there are probably…

  19. Boston Bruins easing Marc Savard into lineup

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

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    It seems more and more likely that Marc Savard is going to return to the Boston Bruins during the second round, which bothers the inner-worried-mother in me. Still, he’s a hockey player and needs to help his team. The Bruins are being cautious about integrating Savard into their lineup as he starts to get his legs…

  20. Checking up on the East's free agents to watch

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    A couple weeks ago, I broke down the pending free agents (unrestricted and restricted alike) for each conference. (East here, West here) Let’s take a gander at how some of the most noteworthy free-agents-to-be fared so far. Obviously, for players on half the teams, they won’t get another chance to show off their skills. Now let’s…

  21. Checking up on the West's free agents to watch

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    A couple weeks ago, I broke down the pending free agents (unrestricted and restricted alike) for each conference. (East here, West here) So let’s take a gander at how some of the most noteworthy free-agents-to-be fared up to this point. Obviously, for players on half the teams, they won’t get another chance to show off their…

  22. Jaromir Jagr unlikely to return to NHL

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    Hockey fans pining for the NHL return of that flowing mullet (or at least the great playmaking skill) of Jaromir Jagr might be out of luck. The Edmonton Journal reports that Jagr is likely to re-sign with Omsk in the KHL, killing the hopes of him returning to the Oilers or any other team in the…

  23. Save of the Night: Jimmy Howard

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

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    Statistically speaking, it wasn’t exactly a banner night for either Jimmy Howard or Evgeni Nabokov. That doesn’t mean that the two goalie lacked any kind of highlights at all, though. While it wasn’t enough to help the Red Wings come back, Howard made a couple reflexive saves here that gave his team a chance to…

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