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James O’Brien

  1. Madden scores; Chicago up 3-0

    Mar 14, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Could this be evidence that the Western Conference is simply far better than the East, as many pundits believe? The Caps started the period on the powerplay, a great opportunity to get things back together. Instead, they came out flat and did next to nothing. After the Caps failed to clear the zone, Duncan Keith…

  2. Chicago cashes in on 5-on-3 to make it 2-0

    Mar 14, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

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    What else can be said about Jonathan Toews? The young captain got in front of the net and banged in a rebound from a missed opportunity by Patrick Sharp during a 5-on-3 powerplay. The two PPs came because of dual brain farts by the Capitals’ prized forwards Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin. For a second,…

  3. Ovechkin thrown out of game for hit on Campbell

    Mar 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin was just tossed from today’s Game of the Week for an ugly boarding check on Brian Campbell. He received a five minute penalty and a game misconduct for a hit from behind on “Soupy.” Look, regardless of your preference in the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry, it’s hard not to admire Ovechkin’s apparent disregard for his…

  4. Toews makes it 1-0 Chicago

    Mar 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    There already was plenty of space when these teams were playing 5-on-5 but things really heated up when both teams had a man in the box. Both David Steckel and Joe Corvo were lured out of position, allowing Niklas Hjalmarsson to feed Jonathan Toews for a nice one-timer goal. Another quick start for the Blackhawks.

  5. What they're saying about WAS-CHI

    Mar 14, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Last week, I remarked that there was a surprising air of flattery leading up to the Chicago-Detroit game of the week. This Sunday morning, I’m not quite as taken aback; after all, these two teams sport high octane offenses, huge leads in their divisions and seemingly similar flaws to boot. Which city’s papers and blogs…

  6. The quest to find NHL's 'Mr. Intangible'

    Mar 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    One of my underlying goals whenever I delve into the deeper stats and hockey roads less traveled is to try to return from such journeys with nuggets of truth that appeal across the fan spectrum. You might cringe or get a little intimidated when people bring up a player’s Corsi rating, but in some cases…

  7. Canucks share memories from 14-game trip

    Mar 13, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Before the season started, I expected the Flames to take the Northwest division because of Vancouver’s absurd 14-game road streak (lets not even linger upon how wrong I was about Colorado). Even though the giant trip was broken up by the Olympic break, my guess was that would be little solace to Olympians like Roberto Luongo, the Sedin…

  8. Quinnipac wins longest game in college hockey history

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    I wonder if, somewhere, Mud Brunetau and Keith Primeau are smiling. Quinnipac beat Union 3-2 in a fifth overtime period, making the nearly six hour contest the longest game in college hockey history. Greg Holt of the Bobcats scored with 10:22 remaining in the fifth overtime to give Quinnipiac the win in the ECAC best-of-three quarterfinal series. At…

  9. Today's afternoon games

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Much like last week, I like to give sleepy eyed (possibly hungover even?) hockey fans fair warning that the league often sneaks in a few early games. Hate to admit it, but there was a point in my college days when I might have gotten out of bed in the middle of the Panthers-Sharks game.…

  10. Shoulder surgery will end Weight's season

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Hockey Night in Canada’s Jeff Marek reports that Doug Weight will miss the rest of the season because of shoulder surgery. One has to wonder how much Weight has left in the tank. The American-born playmaker is 39-years-old and is scoring on less than a point-every-two-games pace. His scouting report shows that he already missed more than 25…

  11. Taking off the foil: Chiefs set to relocate

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Some might call it life imitating art, but news of the Slapshot-milking Johnstown Chiefs’ probable relocation to South Carolina cannot be that sad, right?  The people of Johnstown voted to name the team after the popular movie in 1988 and so the club spent an impressive 22 years of minor league hockey in the small town. (thanks to…

  12. Rink to Rink: Reviewing Friday's games

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Let’s look back at Friday night’s games, starting with the marquee match of Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey. Devils 3, Penguins 1 New Jersey continues to dominate the defending Stanley Cup champions this season. Ilya Kovalchuk was “struggling” with eight points in first 10 games as a Devil, but last night he made his presence felt with…

  13. Three highlights that justify flinching

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Like I wrote in the hits post, last night’s best video highlights were all a bit strange. To counter the “blooper reel” nature of the hits, let’s take a look at one goal and two saves that are examples of flinching gone right. First, we have New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist bailing his team…

  14. Hits of the night: Two for the blooper reel

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Most of tonight’s highlights were seemingly of the “blooper” variety. Usually it’s best to highlight feats of unparalleled athleticism, but sometimes it’s simply more appropriate to focus on odd moments. For the most entertaining hits of the night, I felt the need to choose two. First up, we have proof that despite being one of…

  15. Expect a Chicago cap crisis this summer

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    In my mind, the Chicago Blackhawks mortgaged a considerable amount of their future when they added Marian Hossa last off-season. Last March I wondered aloud how they’d squeeze their terrific trio of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith under the cap even before they added the gifted bridesmaid. Well, it seems like the team will retain…

  16. Odd bounces: Ryan Miller is a semi-star

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Every once in a while, we’ll come across stories that are just too strange to pass up. Sometimes we’ll get a tip from an e-mail; sometimes will stumble across something bizarre on a hockey site. Either way, this might not be the most “pertinent” information but it certainly will be strange, funny or a bit…

  17. Ice Edge group insists they can afford Coyotes

    Mar 12, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Calling the Phoenix Coyotes ownership scenario “messy” is about as much of an understatement as it would be to call their inspiring playoff run unexpected. The saga has seen all kinds of twists and turns, from the mess that was the Jim Ballsillie court case to the odd lawsuits between the NHL and Jerry Moyes all the way…

  18. NHL will not suspend ref-shoving Carcillo

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Perhaps professional knucklehead Daniel Carcillo was pouting earlier this week when fellow pest Matt Cooke was marinating in negative attention. Carcillo received a game misconduct for shoving referee Greg Devorski (something Brandon discussed earlier) but TSN reports that the sour forward will not receive a suspension. CSN Philly.com printed this e-mail sent by Colin Campbell. “I have…

  19. Tonight's games: Uphill battles

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Although most of tonight’s games are pretty interesting, Pittsburgh-New Jersey is far and away the biggest one. Let’s took at that battle of the Atlantic as well as the five other matches on the schedule. Pittsburgh Penguins (40-22-5, 85 pts) at New Jersey Devils (39-23-3, 81 pts) 7:00 PM ET If you want to get…

  20. Could the Caps capitalize on cap space this summer?

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

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    After perusing the Washington Capitals’ future salary cap commitments, one thing jumped out at me: GM George McPhee holds nearly as much power in deciding Alex Ovechkin’s legacy as Alex does himself. Quite simply, many people judge great players by how many championships they’ve won. It’s not fair, but it happens often (just ask Charles Barkley…

  21. Tonight's games: Fight through the headaches

    Mar 11, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s schedule is loaded with 10 games, so I’ll spare you a breathless introduction. Today’s Best Ottawa Senators (37-25-5, 79 pts) at Calgary Flames (33-24-9, 75 pts) 9:30 PM ET Even though most of their players were able to rest, the Senators probably would’ve loved to keep their pre-Olympics streak going. They’ve been 1-2-1 since…

  22. Jonathan Quick skips trip for child's birth

    Mar 11, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will probably miss tomorrow’s game against the Dallas Stars due to “the birth of his child.” Word is that he will also be day-to-day with a nagging lack of sleep. This is one of the rare times when I can’t say “rub some dirt on it” when a player…

  23. Cooke draws ire from all directions, even own team

    Mar 11, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Matt Cooke is the hockey equivalent of a college friend who destroyed someone’s apartment during a weekend binge; sure, he’s supposed to be your friend/teammate but that doesn’t mean you can justify his regrettable actions. Mark Spector wrote this story, which echoes news that Bill Guerin made some critical comments of his fellow Penguin. “Here’s…

  24. Paul Kariya: under the radar underachiever

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Plenty of hockey players take a beating from the media and fans when they fail to live up to a huge contract. Players such as Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Wade Redden – and even guys who weren’t signed by Glen Sather – tend to get the lion share of the lampooning. Yet it seems players like…

  25. Prepare your old jokes: Chelios returns tonight

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    This just in: Chris Chelios is old.  No, but really, it’s official: Chelios will put an Atlanta Thrashers jersey on his old yet far-from-brittle bones and play in an NHL game at the (what’s the opposite of tender? Burnt, maybe?) age of 48. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares this amusing tidbit: “Eight Thrashers were not born when Chelios…

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