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James O’Brien

  1. Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury shine in 2-0 Pens win

    May 4, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    The Montreal Canadiens are living and dying by Jaroslav Halak’s game netminding and timely counter-punching goals. Tonight, they died.  Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury made the Habs pay for their trapping ways tonight, grinding out a 2-0 victory to take Game 3 in Montreal. Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Montreal Canadiens 0 Penguins lead series 2-1 While I…

  2. Calls start to go Detroit's way; Wings up 2-1, Habs-Pens still 0-0

    May 4, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    All of a sudden, officiating luck is starting to go Detroit’s way. Shortly after having a potential 1-0 lead erased by video review, the VHS gods smiled upon Tomas Holmstrom’s genuine 1-0 tally. Later in the first period, the Red Wings benefited from a tough call on the Sharks as Logan Couture was (perhaps incorrectly)…

  3. Disallowed Red Wings goal brings out the foil, both games 0-0

    May 4, 2010, 8:04 PM EST

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    We’re about 10 minutes through Sharks-Red Wings in Detroit right now and the Tin Foil Hats might just enter the building (figuratively, since fans were caught by FS Detroit’s cameras to be wearing exactly those before the game). After an extensive video review, a would-be first goal of the game for Henrik Zetterberg was called…

  4. Kostitsyn brothers struggle; Hockey's funniest sibling combos

    May 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

    In the 2007-08 season, the Kostitsyn brothers burst onto the NHL scene and looked like they might be the non-twin answer to the Sedins before long. Since that nice introduction into the league, the two have struggled with inconsistency, scandal and bad vibes all around. The Canadian Press sets the scene around the most mercurial…

  5. 2010 NHL playoffs: Previews for tonight's games

    May 4, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

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    Tonight’s two games are only a half-hour apart, so I thought it would be prudent to discuss them together here. Let’s take a look at what’s at stake in each match. Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM ET (Versus, CBC) Series tied 1-1 When Sidney Crosby was an awkward little Nova Scotia native, his favorite…

  6. Jaromir Jagr signs one-year deal with Omsk in KHL

    May 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    The dream already seemed to fade away, but it’s now official: Jaromir Jagr will not play in the NHL during the 2010-11 season. The 38-year-old winger signed a one-year contract to remain in the KHL as a member of Avangard Omsk. TSN had a few quotes from Jagr on the negotiations and his once-again murky future…

  7. Leafs, Flames, Habs fans listed among 'most stubborn' in sports

    May 4, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    AskMen.com featured an intriguing little article today in which they named the top 10 “most stubborn” fan bases in all of sports. Three NHL teams managed to make the list and to very little surprise, all of them are Canadian. Here’s a little excerpt for each one, along with a pithy comment from yours truly.…

  8. Why are there too many too many men on the ice penalties?

    May 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

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    Aside from diving, the most avoidable penalty in hockey might just be too many men on the ice. Dan Pollard of NHL.com speculates on why, by his count, there have been an unreal 25 instances of the penalty so far this season. What’s happening here? I guess you look at scoring chances in the second period…

  9. NHL's best forwards in tough situations: Datsyuk, Zetterberg … Gomez?

    May 3, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

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    Every now and then, we’ll try to go deeper than the every day stats talk you normally see. After all, hockey is a sport where a lot happens that doesn’t show up on the scoreboard. One of the increasingly useful ways to gauge a player’s usefulness (and transcendence) comes in looking at who they play…

  10. Mike Green speaks about Capitals' Round 1 loss

    May 3, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

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    As much heat as Alex Ovechkin and Bruce Boudreau received (and will continue to catch) for the Washington Capitals’ stunning first round loss to the Montreal Canadiens, it’s quite possible that no one was under the French fry lamp quite like Mike Green. Much of that negative attention comes with a second consecutive Norris Trophy…

  11. Tennessee flooding makes impact on Nashville Predators

    May 3, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Considering my puck-centric existence, it’s sometimes easy to ignore news that means more than what affects NHL scoreboards. Take, for instance, the brutal flooding that had a particularly profound impact on the state of Tennessee while also doing damage in Missouri and Kentucky. Reports indicate that 21 people died because of the disaster as Tennessee received more…

  12. Officials starting to crack down on diving

    May 3, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    We can debate night and day about which sport is the toughest and therefore worthy of induction into the Mountain Dew Extreme Hall of Fame, but few would doubt that hockey is in the conversation. Still, there are times when hockey shows some of its ugliest soccer-inspired roots: precisely when a player embellishes a penalty and…

  13. Ovechkin, Semin, Varlamov accept Team Russia WC invites

    May 3, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    When Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin pictured representing Russia during international play in 2010, my guess is that they weren’t expecting to do so in Vancouver and Germany. That is the sad case for the idle Washington Capitals duo, who will be joined by fellow teammate Semyon Varlamov on the Russian World Championships roster. TSN has the…

  14. Dallas Stars offer to buy Iowa Chops

    May 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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    The Iowa Chops came into prominence briefly during the 2008-09 season thanks to a few off-beat marketing schemes, including the mere oddity that is their team … “mascot.” It didn’t take long for the jokes to fade away and it’s gotten to the point that the team is in limbo. It seems like there might…

  15. Andrei Markov continues to undergo testing

    May 3, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

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    While Jaroslav Halak seemed to find his Superman cape again yesterday against Pittsburgh, there’s little doubt that the Montreal Canadiens would love to get their best defenseman Andrei Markov back as soon as possible. The talented blueliner suffered an injury from a Matt Cooke hit in Game 1 and Sportsnet.ca reports that he’ll continue to undergo…

  16. Bad calls, sloppy play haunted Detroit; Not a conspiracy

    May 3, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Last night’s San Jose Sharks-Detroit Red Wings game was exciting, but some of the penalty calls generated justified controversy. (Enough to make me feel sympathy for Todd Bertuzzi? Never.) Still, to blame the Red Wings’ loss strictly on officiating overlooks the various ways that the Sharks took the game to their opponents. Puck Daddy’s Greg…

  17. Miroslav Satan's redemption

    May 3, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

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    When the Boston Bruins signed Miroslav Satan to a contract right after New Year’s this season, it seemed like a desperate team picking up a washed up player. While that may have been a reasonable assumption, the 35-year-old devil pun generator resurrected his career and might just be the Bruins’ most dangerous forward right now.…

  18. Vancouver Canucks fan arrested in Chicago

    May 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Home team fans will often see a fan in an opposing team’s jersey and heckle them in good nature. In some places (*cough* Philadelphia *cough*), the nature of the ribbing might not be so good. Either way, violence is rarely the result of such jeering, but that was exactly the case in a recent incident,…

  19. 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…

  20. NBC Video: Last night's highlights

    May 3, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

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  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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