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James O’Brien

  1. Lightning give Stamkos the 'A'

    Mar 21, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    I’ve heard of sophomore slumps, but what happens when a disappointing rookie year gives way to an outstanding second season? Is it a sophomore bump? Regardless, Steven Stamkos is the poster child for such a season. He posted a new Tampa Bay Lightning record when he scored at least one point in 18 straight games.…

  2. NBC Video: All of the Rangers-Bruins goals

    Mar 21, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Here are the three goals from the Boston Bruins’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Enjoy.  

  3. Puck bounces off Lucic into Boston net, lead down to 2-1

    Mar 21, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    So, the other day, I discussed the fact that Chris Drury should thank his “immature” teammates for carrying his dead weight. Well, 19 year old defenseman Mike Del Zotto sent a seeing eye slapper from the point which then deflected off of Bruins winger Milan Lucic and past Tukka Rask for the Rangers’ first goal…

  4. Wideman's bodacious backhand gives Bruins 2-0 lead

    Mar 21, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Dennis Wideman has gotten his fair share of criticism from various sources (PHT included) but he had quite the nice series to make the game 2-0 for Boston. First, he fought off some tenacious checking in his own zone to dangerously move the puck out of his zone. Then he played some aggressive hockey, received…

  5. Satan makes it 1-0 Boston

    Mar 21, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    A lot of times, one team will dominate a game for a considerable amount of time only to fall behind after failing to score. This didn’t happen so far, though, as the Bruins were finally rewarded for their superior effort with a late second period goal. Right after Daniel Paille failed to score on a…

  6. Video: Prospal's hit

    Mar 21, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

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    I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that another questionable hit happened. In this case, Vinny Prospal is guilty of a hit from behind that resulted in a boarding penalty. As I said in the chat, it’s shocking that the Bruins received a match penalty for the play. If the league wants to curb these…

  7. Goals of the night: 2 game winning buzzer-beaters

    Mar 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    There were a lot of great moments in Saturday’s games, but I’ll try to focus on just the two most important goals. First, let’s take a look at Jamie McBain’s OT GWG for Carolina against Pittsburgh, which came with only 0.9 seconds remaining in the extra period. (Quick note: my inner-pun headline writer urges someone to…

  8. Save of the Night: Bryzgalov robs Kane

    Mar 21, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Look, it’s quite possible that there was a better save than this tonight. I mean, I doubt it, but there could be. Sometimes you can’t help but have one moment stick with you and this save did just that. It was one of those saves (or failed goals?) that made me feel like my brain…

  9. Fight of the Night: 3 minutes of scary fisticuffs

    Mar 21, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Man, this clip is just disturbing. Deep down, many of us wish that we could be in the skates of our favorite hockey players, but when I see stuff like this I have my doubts. Seriously, if either Cam Janssen and Pierre-Luc Leblond were to hit me like that I would just bleed and cry.…

  10. Notes from 'Hot Stove': Boston's locker room poison

    Mar 21, 2010, 3:30 AM EDT

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    Normally I wouldn’t post so late, but Chris Kontos of The Royal Half passed along this video of Glen Healy on Hockey Night in Canada, which also included an interesting nugget from Pierre LeBrun on the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation. First, let’s touch on Healy’s comments. Healy said that the locker room was “poisonous” and that they have…

  11. Future could be bright for Bruins (cap analysis)

    Mar 20, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    The Boston Bruins are in a situation quite a bit like Anaheim’s: they have some assets that can turn their middling roster into a serious contender. Unfortunately, they don’t have anything near the Ducks’ talented young troika (instead, their roster is full of slightly problematic deals). The good news, though, is that they’ve stockpiled some…

  12. Quick hits: Be desperate, but don't panic

    Mar 20, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at some assorted news items from around the NHL today. Apparently, the St. Louis Blues may consider bringing back Paul Kariya, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Really, they want to bring back the guy who did so little to earn a three-year, $18 million contract? Then again, team president John Davidson…

  13. The Rangers' 2010-11 salary cap situation

    Mar 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    New York Rangers GM Glen Sather can often be a walking punchline. He gave superstar contracts to decidedly normal players such as Bobby Holik and Chris Drury. Few will forget the draft blunder that was Hugh Jessiman. Still, there might be some faint signs of competence in the last year of so. After somehow tricking the…

  14. Is Martin Brodeur the best passing goalie ever?

    Mar 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Martin Brodeur’s amazing breakout pass-turned-assist (jump for the video) made me wonder if he is the best ever at moving the puck. Apparently it really got into the head of Phillip Myrland from Puck Prospectus, though, because he provided a fantastic rundown of the goalies who have been the best at setting up offense. “Martin Brodeur is…

  15. Contract years swindled Boston Bruins

    Mar 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Last season, the Boston Bruins were one of the league’s true surprise teams. Simply put, they were on fire at times, getting plenty of good bounces and more than a few career seasons from its players. It was a perfect storm of contract years and good fortune that – clearly – has proven to be…

  16. Seabrook rebounding from injury

    Mar 20, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Just a few days after receiving a hit to the head that drew an 8-game suspension for former teammate James Wisniewski, it looks like Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook is starting to recover from possible concussion symptoms. Chris Kuc has the story. “I worked out (Thursday night) and felt good and felt good enough to skate (Friday)…

  17. Point: Why Boston will make the playoffs

    Mar 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers 12:30 p.m. EST – Sunday, March 21, 2010 Live on NBC The most important thing to remember here is: the Eastern Conference isn’t very good, particularly after you pass the handful of elites at the top. Just look at it this way; the 11th and 12th ranked West teams…

  18. NHL Network week-long free preview starts Saturday

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    Rather than watching talk shows or “Seinfeld re-runs” many of my evenings are spent with The NHL Network. I’m glad to see that once-deprived hockey fans will get a nice little sample of that wonderful channel because starting Saturday, the network will be running a week-long free preview. The preview will start off with a…

  19. Tonight's games

    Mar 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The highlight of tonight’s four game slate is San Jose vs. Calgary. Could this be a preview of a possible first round match? Let’s preview the games. Minnesota Wild (34-30-6, 74 pts) at Columbus Blue Jackets (28-31-11, 67 pts) 7:00 PM ET Last year, the Western Conference bubble was nearly as convoluted as a David Lynch film.…

  20. Drury should thank his 'immature' teammates

    Mar 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    So, earlier this week, Chris Drury called out his teammates for being “immature.”  Well, that’s a good choice of words, Chris. If you would have said something like “we need to play to our potential” or – even better – “we should honor our bloated, ridiculous contracts” then you’d be a hypocrite. Instead, you’re just comically…

  21. Claude Lemieux and Darren McCarty meet again

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Most interviews with hockey players seem to fall under three categories: The cliche-soaked interview. The cliche-soaked interview by a player soaked with sweat. Awkward interview with a dude who knows five words of English. Indeed, it’s rare to come across moments that are truly riveting (although John Tortorella certainly is a trailblazer when it comes…

  22. Catching up with Jiri Hudler, other NHL exports

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    George Malik discussed the Detroit Red Wings’ hopes of bringing former winger Jiri Hudler back to the NHL next season. As you may remember, the cash-strapped team was unable to dissuade Hudler from chasing better ice time and bigger money in the KHL last summer. The Red Wings seem optimistic about the possibility of an “out” clause,…

  23. Could the Coyotes capture the Pacific?

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    OK, this is probably crazy … even for the wacky stuff I bring up every now and then. Still, I cannot help but ask: could the Phoenix Coyotes sneak up on the San Jose Sharks and steal the Pacific division? First let’s look at the simplest (and most important) numbers: the standings. The Sharks have…

  24. Kesler banks about $30 M with six year extension

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    What a great month-or-so for Ryan Kesler. First, he warms the hearts of many American hockey fans with his great play (and amazing empty net goal) for USA hockey in the Olympics. Then he lands the cover role for the Wii-exclusive hockey game NHL 2K11. He’s been one of the ten best skaters in the…

  25. Top players since the Olympics/trade deadline

    Mar 19, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    I was reading over some of last night’s results and I thought: wow, Ryan Kesler’s putting up points again. While I questioned his “elite” star power when I heard that the two-way center was named the NHL 2K11 cover star, it sure seems like he’s beginning to earn that status. He’s been on a hot streak lately…

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