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James O’Brien

  1. Imagine the drama of Team Crosby vs. Team Ovechkin

    Mar 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Bob McKenzie’s story on this week’s GM meetings really stirred my imagination (and probably did the same for other hockey fans). So, today, I’ll break down some of the more interesting ideas that were discussed. Are they realistic? What would be an even better alternative? Or is the idea simply dumb? First, let’s take a look at…

  2. Introducing: Bertuzzdays, a weekly award of shame!

    Mar 9, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    In the olden days, Tuesdays were just a beating. Say what you will about Monday, at least you can disgust your co-workers with embellished tales from the past weekend. Tuesdays are basically a bad sequel to or an ugly twin of Mondays. I mean, even Wednesday gets its own name: Hump Day! Yes sir, Tuesday’s were…

  3. Could Vesa Toskala resurrect his career?

    Mar 9, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    No, he cannot. Oh wait, that’s kind of mean. Let me start this again. After going 49-17-5 in his last two seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Vesa Toskala received a healthy contract and a chance to be the unquestioned No. 1 goalie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. As you are probably aware, the last…

  4. Savard could miss the rest of the season

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The latest news on Marc Savard’s concussion issues represents one of the worst (although not the most surprising) scenarios: he may miss the rest of the season. This report comes from the Twitter feed of Chris Johnson, a hockey writer for The Canadian Press. Peter Chiarelli says Marc Savard suffered a “serious” concussion, reiterates that he could…

  5. Evander Kane set to get CT scan on injured foot

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Evander Kane has, for the most part, been a pleasant surprise in a mostly dismal season for the Atlanta Thrashers. Unfortunately, Kane will need to get a CT scan today to determine the extent of an injury that occurred during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described Kane’s injury. Kane injured…

  6. Which teams might go with Turco?

    Mar 9, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Who knows, last night’s masterful performance could begin a wonderful turnaround for Marty Turco. The balletic goalie could lead the Stars to an unlikely playoff run and finish his career with the franchise. That being said, it felt like last night’s game against the Capitals was meant to whet the appetites of teams looking for…

  7. Rick Nash day-to-day with 'nagging injuries'

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Things were already bad enough for the Columbus Blue Jackets. After a 6-0 shellacking at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings, the team should have plenty of questions about its future in net and the future of the moribund franchise in general. Now they also have to deal with the injuries of far and…

  8. The startling fall of Steve Mason

    Mar 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    After seeing the Los Angeles Kings score four goals on 13 shots against Steve Mason before the sophomore goalie was pulled, it seems reasonable to ask some questions. The most notable question is probably: what happened to Steve Mason? Isn’t this the guy who stormed onto the scene last season, winning the Calder trophy and…

  9. Goal of the Night: Alex Ovechkin

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    In a stunning turn of events, the Dallas Stars managed to change a 2-0 third period deficit to a 3-2 lead. Yet there Alex Ovechkin was, isolated against a helpless Stephane Robidas. Ovechkin completely bamboozled Robidas and then launched a shot into the top corner to tie the game. No one can change the angle…

  10. Hershey set to unveil chocolate Stanley Cup

    Mar 8, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Few things in life are sweeter than the combination of hockey and chocolate. This is a fact that isn’t lost on Hershey of Canada, as they are set to unveil … a Stanley Cup of Chocolate. The description must be the stuff of dreams for people who live to make Marty Brodeur and Kyle Wellwood fat jokes.…

  11. Savard's diagnosis: Grade II concussion

    Mar 8, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Boston.com’s Bruins Blog reports that Bruins center Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a Grade II concussion due to a hit by Penguins forward Matt Cooke. According to the report, “Savard said that he felt like he was hit by a bus.” Apparently the league will not yet make a judgment on the extent of a likely…

  12. Tonight's games

    Mar 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It’s a sparse day of hockey tonight, with only two games to give you your sticks fix. Both games involve one much stronger team and could very well turn out to be laughers. You never know, though. After all, the New Jersey Devils lost to the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Sunday. Anyone can beat anyone…

  13. Dion 'Phaneuf'd' his way to Toronto 'A'

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    It’s hard to say if the Toronto Maple Leafs’ decision to name Dion Phaneuf one of their alternate captains is a sign of a career rebound or rather a profound statement about how desolate this Toronto team really has become since their last captain Mats Sundin left. In his rookie year, Phaneuf wowed the hockey world with…

  14. Ryan Kesler will be cover star for NHL2K11

    Mar 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    This has been quite a year so far for one of my new certified hockey man crushes, Ryan Kesler. His fantastic Olympic performance was given a highlight reel exclamation point when he scored quite possibly the most exciting empty net goal I’ve ever seen against Team Canada (in the teams’ first game). His “coward” remark…

  15. Ouch: Jurcina to have double hernia surgery

    Mar 8, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Tarik El-Bashir reports that Washington Capitals defenseman Milan Jurcina will have double sports hernia surgery on Thursday. That sounds extremely uncomfortable (shifts in seat). Anyway, Washington was able to get Jurcina back from Columbus at the trade deadline for next to nothing – a conditional sixth round pick in the 2010 – because word got…

  16. Datsyuk and Bertuzzi miss practice

    Mar 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Both Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi missed practice today yet both are expected to play in Tuesday’s game against the Calgary Flames. Datsyuk is only dealing with flu-like symptoms (although Ansar Khan also reports that the Russian forward took a shot off his foot). Bertuzzi was spotted clearly grimacing in pain during Sunday’s Detroit-Chicago game but…

  17. Theo, Huet, Bulin: contract year goalies?

    Mar 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    I couldn’t help but snicker when I read that Chicago GM Stan Bowman decided not to trade Cristobal Huet because he “believes in the Detroit model” of protecting an average goalie with great defense and goal support. That’s a cute concept, Stan, except for the fact that Detroit didn’t wildly overpay a goalie who hadn’t…

  18. Jimmy Howard: NHL's most consistent goalie?

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Hockey goalies often are stereotyped as being, um, neurotic but Hockey or Die’s Jonathan Willis put together an interesting list of this season’s five most consistent goalies in the NHL and Detroit’s Jimmy Howard came out on…

  19. Rink to Rink: Revenge of the fallen (goalies)

    Mar 7, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    With all the Game of the Week coverage, I didn’t want to neglect the other games too much. After all, I’d hate to see these games rebel against their latch key upbringing, make horrible life decisions just to get attention and then ultimately grow to resent me. Or, uh, something like that. Anyway, let’s recap…

  20. NBC Video: Star Cam highlights

    Mar 7, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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  21. Savard suffers concussion from hit by Cooke

    Mar 7, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    It’s already been a long, injury-ravaged season for Marc Savard and things just got a lot worse. He left the ice on a stretcher and suffered a concussion because of a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke in this afternoon’s game between the Bruins and the Penguins. Here’s a (somewhat low quality) video of the…

  22. Tonight's games: Mickey Mouse organizations

    Mar 7, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

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    After some robust NBC Game of the Week coverage (thanks for stopping by for the live chat, by the way), let’s take a look at the games that have yet to start. If you kids are good, I might even put together a recap of today’s early games. Now get your feet off the couch!…

  23. Red-hot Stamkos hits 40 goals

    Mar 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Seen Stamkos? You probably have if you’ve been looking at a list of the league’s goal scoring leaders lately. Only two nobodies named Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (seriously dudes, get an agent) have scored more goals this season than Steven Stamkos, who potted two goals against Atlanta to reach the 40-goal mark last night. This…

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