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James O’Brien

  1. Ranking the NHL's best PP and PK units

    Mar 22, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    In the last post, I discussed special teams plus/minus, my guess at what might be the best way to judge a team’s overall work in man advantages and disadvantages combined. Still, I understand that many people may also want to look at an individual PP or PK unit as well. Next week, I might even…

  2. NHL's best and worst in special teams plus/minus

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

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    At my old blog, I introduced (or at least I think that I introduced) some other ways to look at hockey teams. Much of that focus was on the way the league focuses on percentages to judge a team’s powerplay and penalty kill. Personally, I think totals matter more than percentages. For one thing, those numbers do…

  3. Reminder: Vote for the second Bertuzzday winner

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Tonight is the last night to vote for the second ever Bertuzzday award winner. The voting is pretty close, so you can definitely shift the balance if you (and maybe a handful of friends) decide to vote. Also, consider this your opportunity to suggest nominees for last week’s action in the comments. This poll closes…

  4. Looking back at Selanne's 600 goal career

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    In the same year that his former partner-in-crime Paul Kariya netted his 400th career goal, “The Finnish Flash” Teemu Selanne hit the 600 career goal milestone during the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Sunday night. The San Francisco Examiner painted the picture. Selanne connected 34 seconds into the second period on his fifth shot…

  5. Top four cream of the crop for East and West

    Mar 22, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Many hockey bloggers, fans and writers are aware of the fact that there’s a considerable gulf between the Western Conference and the East. Simply put, the West is a sturdier group even though they have to deal with more travel and other hurdles. Still, I noticed something interesting when I was peering at each conference’s…

  6. Tonight's games: Something for everyone

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    There may only be three games tonight, but every single one of them is intriguing. If you’re a hockey fan, you should find at least something to like even if your team isn’t suiting up in one of these matches. Let’s get right to them. Pittsburgh Penguins (42-24-6, 90 pts) at Detroit Red Wings (35-23-13,…

  7. NBC Video: Star Cam highlights for Rangers – Bruins

    Mar 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Here are NBC’s Star Cam highlights for each team. First, we have Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic:     Next, there’s Sean Avery, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle for the Rangers.  

  8. Quick hits: Malkin dealing with foot injury

    Mar 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a little stroll through some of the other stories from today, shall we? Penguins star Evgeni Malkin reportedly re-aggravated a foot injury after falling into the boards against the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The good news is that it seems to be a mostly minor problem. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more on his ailment.…

  9. NBC Video: Pierre and Mike on the Coyotes

    Mar 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Last night was a great showcase for the Phoenix Coyotes’ unlikely run to the playoffs. Will they find a way to take the Pacific division from the Sharks? That remains to be seen, but either way this season has been an amazing achievement.  

  10. 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.…

  11. 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.  

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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)…

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