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James O’Brien

  1. World Anti-Doping Agency wants NHL to expand drug testing

    May 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    The NHL rarely deals with the steroid backlash that hounds Major League Baseball and troubles the NFL. Some, like former World Anti-Doping Agency head Dick Pound, wonder if it’s simply because of the league’s drug testing policies. Former WADA chair Dick Pound has been harshly critical of the NHL’s approach to doping, alleging in the past…

  2. NHL, Nashville Predators aid in Tennessee flood recovery

    May 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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    Soon after the Nashville Predators suffered yet another first round loss, an unprecedented flood put hockey in perspective. It’s good to see, then, that the team and the NHL are giving back as the city/state/region tries to bounce back from the devastating effects of the weather crisis. It’s unclear just how much was/will be donated, but…

  3. Team USA's WC hopes take big blow after 2-1 OT loss to Denmark

    May 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    Team USA’s World Championship team was upset once again 2-1 in overtime. This time the surging underdog Denmark team did it to them, with Stefan Lassen scoring the game winner in OT. It was the Americans’ second straight overtime loss in the tournament after falling by the same score against Germany, and they now need to…

  4. Jaromir Jagr troubled by lack of Czech participation

    May 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

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    Kids these days; they just don’t have any respect. What with their loud music, lack of patriotism … and disinterest in growing mullets (unless it’s just for laughs). Those are the words I envision going through Jaromir Jagr’s head as he critiques the Czech players who declined invitations to play for their 2010 IIHF World…

  5. 2010 NHL playoffs: Sami Salo's scare

    May 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    Not many men can go through a lifetime before they have a tense moment with their, um, “boys.” While I don’t intend to make America/Canada/the cubicle’d world squirm this afternoon, but here’s the footage of Sami Salo’s scary moment. He took a shot to the groin during the end of the first period, but apparently he’s OK.…

  6. Flyers injury news: Carcillo doubtful, Leighton nearing return

    May 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    There’s some good news and bad news injury-wise for the Philadelphia Flyers as they attempt to cut into Boston’s 3-1 series lead tonight. On one hand, it appears that Dan Carcillo might not be healthy enough to pester and pummel opponents in Game 5. The forward appeared to injury his knee in Game 4 against…

  7. Should Blackhawks be concerned with home struggles?

    May 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

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    Is it a sign of “youthful immaturity” that the Chicago Blackhawks failed to put up much of a resistance against the Vancouver Canucks last night? Nope, my guess is that the two teams aren’t separated by much from a talent or will power standpoint and the Canucks rode a great start (2-0 in the first…

  8. 2010 NHL playoffs: Roberto Luongo's save

    May 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    After carrying the Canucks to a Game 1 win, Roberto Luongo struggled mightily in the next three games. It must be heartening, then, to see Luongo play so well. He stopped 29 out of 30 shots to hold the explosive Blackhawks to just one goal. Here’s one of his best saves of the night.

  9. 2010 NHL playoffs: Kevin Bieksa's beauty

    May 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

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    Sometimes there are goals that are just pretty. This one qualifies. Kyle Wellwood sent a perfect pass to Kevin Bieksa who never had to break stride as he made a simple little deke past Antti Niemi to score a beauty. Bieksa added another goal in the game, helping the Vancouver Canucks stay alive with a…

  10. Glimpsing at the Red Wings' future

    May 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    For the most part, the reactions to the Detroit Red Wings losing to the San Jose Sharks have been subdued. Pretty hard to argue with two runs to the Stanley Cup Finals, one Cup victory and approximately a generation of playoff runs, right? Yes, the Red Wings are getting older. The NHL is a young…

  11. Injury Reports on Carcillo, Gill and others

    May 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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    Let’s take a look at some of today’s injury tidbits. Dan Carcillo expected back on Monday reports that the super-pest is supposed to play in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. He missed the third period and overtime of Game 4 because of what looked like a knee injury. Carcillo’s been a difference maker (although…

  12. Has the hockey world soured on Roberto Luongo?

    May 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    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…

  13. 2010 NHL playoffs: Adams clobbers Gorges

    May 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

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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…

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

    May 9, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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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…

  15. 2010 NHL playoffs: Marc-Andre Fleury shines

    May 9, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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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…

  16. What they're saying about Habs-Pens

    May 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    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 Hall Gill and Josh Gorges are…

  17. Injury Reports for Montreal, Pittsburgh

    May 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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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,”…

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

    May 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

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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,…

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

    May 8, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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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…

  20. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks fall apart at home

    May 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    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…

  21. 2010 NHL playoffs: Simon Gagne's OT winner

    May 8, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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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…

  22. 2010 NHL playoffs: Hat trick for Jonathan Toews

    May 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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