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James O’Brien

  1. Crosby, Ovechkin continue see-saw Richard race

    Mar 28, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    It’s almost as if Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are playing some sort of telepathic game of goal scoring “H-O-R-S-E.” The two seem especially likely to score when the other did so earlier in a given day. Really, the Rocket Richard trophy lead is as fleeting as an encounter with Kaiser Soze. Ovechkin scored his 46th…

  2. Tonight's remaining games

    Mar 28, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    While the Maple Leafs – Penguins game and the irrelevant Oilers – Blues contest are already in progress, the remaining three games are fairly big. Some factor into playoff positioning, while one can either stop the bleeding of a now-playoff-threatened team or continue a troubling drop from contention. New Jersey Devils (44-25-5, 93 pts) at…

  3. The PHT Nightcap – Saturday, March 27

    Mar 28, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: NHL Playoffs Update: Detroit pads…

  4. NCAA Hockey tournament update (Mar. 27)

    Mar 27, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Just a quick rundown of the scores. St. Cloud St. versus Wisconsin is currently in progress, with Wisconsin up 4-2. Boston College 3, Alaska 1 Pat Mullane scored the game-winner 3:46 into the third period. BC goalie John Muse had 28 saves in the game. Miami (OH) 2, Alabama Huntsville 1 Cameron Schilling scored a game winning…

  5. Jack Johnson: King-sized frustration

    Mar 27, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    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, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  6. The NHL's leaders in giving and taking hits

    Mar 27, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Once again, I would like to propose a nickname for Dennis Seidenberg: “Pain Sponge.” The Bruins defenseman already earned Brownie Points for leading the league in blocked shots, but apparently he has also taken the most non-puck abuse to boot. Behind the Net published some fantastic stats showing which players take and receive the most checks. I’ll…

  7. Jerseys that could use a makeover

    Mar 27, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Earlier this week, the great logo and jersey-obsessed blog Icethetics shared news that 11 teams could introduce new alternate or primary sweaters for the 2010-11season. Teams that might be making some changes are Anaheim, Buffalo, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Nashville, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. The post got me…

  8. Sources of frustration in the Big Apple

    Mar 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    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, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  9. The PHT Nightcap – Friday, March 26

    Mar 27, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Goal of the Night: Mikhail…

  10. Buffalo's 'source of frustration'

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    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, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  11. Looking back at Pat Burns' coaching career

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    It’s been a month of largely unhappy news (and discussion) in the NHL, but this story about an arena being named after former NHL coach Pat Burns positively devastated me. Here are a few excerpts from a rather heart-wrenching AP story. A thin and frail Pat Burns said he’s honored to have an arena named after him,…

  12. NCAA Hockey tournament update

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Curious how the other high-level college sports tournament is shaping up? Here’s a quick rundown of tonight’s first three games of the NCAA Division I hockey tournament. (Scoring information compiled from ESPN.com box scores) Format is team, time of goal, goal scorer (assists in parenthesis) and game winning goal in bold. RIT 2, Denver, 1 First Period Scoring RIT…

  13. Who is Nashville's most frustrating player?

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    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, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  14. The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, March 25

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: NHL Playoffs update: Don’t blame…

  15. LA Kings should bring back Gretzky-era jerseys

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    Despite being 25 years old, I’m already nostalgic for certain things. I feel sad when I see an empty space that once held a mediocre pizza place that served dirt-cheap pitchers of beer and cardboard crush pizza (it was my sub-par pizza joint!). That feeling also comes when I think back to a time when I…

  16. Booth knocked out of another game

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

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    It’s already been a long season for David Booth considering the fact that he missed 45 games due to what would now be an illegal hit from Mike Richards. This time, he took what (at least to my eyes) looked like a legal but hard hit from Jaroslav Spacek that laid him out on the…

  17. How does Mike Green compare to the greats?

    Mar 25, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Last week, I put up a poll asking PHT readers which defenseman is the NHL’s best at creating offense. As you can see from the poll results (click the thumbnail image to enlarge it), Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green won in a landslide. In fact, if you added the other choices together, they’d only have…

  18. NHL teams who depend most (and least) on home cooking

    Mar 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    As we inch closer to the playoffs, full season stats begin to come into focus. Sometimes it’s too simple to just look at the numbers alone, but observations can certainly be made from 82 (or even about 70) games of hockey. One of the things that I focus on in stretch run situations is how…

  19. Tonight's best: Atlantic, Pacific races take spotlight

    Mar 25, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Considering the fact that eighth place in the Eastern Conference isn’t really much to brag about, I’d say that the two most interesting tug-o-wars going forward are for the Atlantic and Pacific divisions. Today’s best games feature bouts that will affect those intriguing races. Since the remaining eight games vary from bland to lighting candles…

  20. Will Donald Fehr, NHLPA bring another lockout?

    Mar 25, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Whether this is good news or not remains to be seen, but the murmurs are turning into rumbles. It sounds like there’s a good chance that former Major League Baseball Player’s Association leader Donald Fehr will run hockey’s players association. Moving him into that position now would provide plenty of time to prepare for the looming…

  21. College hockey player faces charges after alleged hit on ref

    Mar 25, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

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    Colorado State college hockey player A. J. Hau is facing a charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly checking a referee into the boards after a game during the American College Hockey Association’s Division II tournament. The bump was said to have happened during a heated moment after Colorado State lost to William Paterson 5-4 in…

  22. Quick hits: Reviewing 'Hockey-tar', Pens' struggles

    Mar 25, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Here are some assorted bits from around the NHL today. Should the Penguins be worried about their poor play against the Eastern Conference elite? ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun brings up the question, pointing out that Pittsburgh is winless against the conference’s two best teams. They’re 0-6 against New Jersey and 0-1-2 against Washington. LeBrun went on to…

  23. Pucktales: Matt Cooke has friends, after all

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Artwork By: Deven “Gray” Hoover from Couch Tarts Written By: James O’Brien Last week’s edition of Pucktales: NHL finds solution to head shots

  24. Video: The types of hits that are now illegal

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Many of you out there might be wondering: so what exactly is an illegal hit right now? NHL.com features a fantastic video that includes a detailed rundown of the rule change along with clips of seven examples of newly illegal hits. Check out the embedded video below to get an idea of how hits to…

  25. NHLPA approves modified rule for hits to head

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    It’s been an awfully bumpy road to get to this spot, but at least the NHL got somewhere when it comes to its head shot epidemic. TSN reports that the NHLPA approved the proposed modifications to the league’s rules regarding hits to the head. The temporary rule will give league disciplinarian Colin Campbell the power to hand out…

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