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Joe Yerdon

  1. Analyzing Boston's historic collapse

    May 14, 2010, 11:55 PM EST

    It’s rare when you get to do a piece like this. It’s never happened in the NBA. It’s happened once in Major League Baseball and before tonight it’s only happened twice in the NHL. Tonight, however, the Boston Bruins did what only the 1975 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 1942 Detroit Red Wings did before them:…

  2. History: Flyers come back to win game, series over Bruins 4-3

    May 14, 2010, 9:52 PM EST

    A historic comeback in not only the game but in the series puts the Philadelphia Flyers in esteemed company in major professional sports history as the Flyers come back from down 3-0 in the series and 3-0 in the game to win their best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins 4-3. A third period power play…

  3. Game 7: Flyers take control, tie Bruins 3-3

    May 14, 2010, 8:59 PM EST

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    If you’re looking for symbolism in a Game 7 you really don’t have to look any further than what’s gone down in this game. The Bruins, at one time, had a 3-0 lead in this game much the same way they did in the series. Just like how things have gone in the series, the…

  4. Game 7: Bruins lead Flyers 3-1 after one

    May 14, 2010, 7:54 PM EST

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    The key that Claude Julien sighted as the biggest one for Boston in this game was to take control of the game in the first ten minutes. For that, the Bruins would get high marks as the Bruins stormed out to a 2-0 on the back of power play goals by Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic. Lucic…

  5. NHL announces Conference finals schedule

    May 14, 2010, 6:04 PM EST

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    The Stanley Cup Conference finals will begin on Sunday with the Western Conference finals being at 3pm ET on NBC and the Eastern Conference finals kicking off at 7pm ET. The NHL announced the rest of the schedules this afternoon, and yes, there will be differences depending on who wins tonight’s Game 7 between Boston…

  6. Game 7 preview: What they're saying

    May 14, 2010, 5:08 PM EST

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    The message for a Game 7 with historic implications is simple: Win or go home. For the Bruins, a win matches them up with their long time rivals the Canadiens. A loss, however, puts them in infamous company. Head coach Claude Julien’s words for his team are simple. “You go out there and you play to…

  7. Canadiens fans mob the streets after Game 7 win

    May 13, 2010, 1:53 AM EST

    Given how hockey-mad the city of Montreal is (they did sell out a viewing of Game 7 at the Bell Centre in 40 minutes) and given the somewhat checkered past Canadiens fans have after winning and losing big games, all eyes shifted to Quebec after the Canadiens finished off the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. The scene…

  8. Flyers force a Game 7 with 2-1 win

    May 12, 2010, 11:17 PM EST

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    After playing a mostly heartless Game 5, the Boston Bruins had yet another chance to right the ship and finish off the now reinvigorated Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 in Philadelphia. What they’d do, instead, was be met by a fresh and very game Flyers goaltender in Michael Leighton. Leighton shut down the Bruins and…

  9. Jagr and Ovechkin lead countries to victory

    May 9, 2010, 7:03 PM EST

    Bet you thought the Jaromir Jagr love fest was over with after the Olympics, didn’t you? Guess again as the future hall of famer is playing for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championships, the seventh time he’s done so, and merely had three assists in the Czechs 6-2 win over France in their…

  10. UFC fighter tells Montreal fans who he's rooting for

    May 9, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    It’s amusing to see what happens when other sports collide with hockey and with last night’s Ultimate Fighting Championship being in Montreal, it’s only fitting that some hockey-related nonsense shook loose. Enter UFC fighter Josh Koscheck into the mix after winning his match over Paul Daley and being serenaded with boos from the fans and…

  11. San Jose Sharks were waiting to exhale

    May 9, 2010, 4:26 PM EST

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    The top-seeded San Jose Sharks are off to their second Western Conference Finals, their first since 2003-2004 and reading the reaction from bloggers and fans alike today is one that fascinates me. A lot of that is probably due to the fact that I’m not directly embroiled with the Sharks and don’t understand the perspective…

  12. With Coyotes in trouble, Canada gets greedy for more

    May 8, 2010, 3:57 AM EST

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    The situation with the Phoenix Coyotes is as fluid and absurd as anything any professional sports league has ever seen. The latest update comes from Darren Dreger at TSN saying that the City of Glendale will reach an agreement with Ice Edge to get the Coyotes. As always, there are some stipulations thrown into the…

  13. Hawks outsmart, outscore Canucks now lead series 3-1

    May 8, 2010, 12:46 AM EST

    Given the amount of trash talk that went down before Game 4 between Chicago and Vancouver, you had the feeling that this game was going to be something more out of the Federal League in “Slap Shot” rather than the NHL. What it turned out to be was a shining example of being played for…

  14. Vancouver missing discipline, trail Chicago 5-3

    May 7, 2010, 11:20 PM EST

    The Vancouver Canucks wanted to come out and turn the tables on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of their series. The Canucks wanted to rough up Dustin Byfuglien and make life uneasy for Antti Niemi in goal. Instead, Brent Seabrook scored 18 seconds into the game and the Blackhawks have scored three more goals…

  15. Gagne's OT winner keeps Flyers alive

    May 7, 2010, 10:46 PM EST

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    The Flyers faithful were on edge all night waiting for something bad to happen but Simon Gagne made sure they weren’t going to go home unhappy. Gagne’s tip in past Tuukka Rask 14:40 into overtime ensured that the Flyers would stay alive for at least one more game. For Gagne it should provide a huge…

  16. Flyers and Bruins headed to overtime 4-4

    May 7, 2010, 9:46 PM EST

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    Throughout the entire night the vibe coming from the fans in Philadelphia felt like they were waiting for something awful to happen to the Flyers all night. The only time the fans were at all excited came after Claude Giroux’s goal that made it 3-1.  Heading into the third period with a 3-2 lead, that…

  17. Flyers lead Bruins 3-2 after two periods in Game 4

    May 7, 2010, 8:49 PM EST

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    You would think that having a 3-2 lead after two periods of play would give the Philadelphia Flyers some good momentum heading towards the third period. After all, getting another goal from playoff stud Claude Giroux and a slapshot blast from Chris Pronger are signs that things are going along smoothly for a desperate team.…

  18. Bruins-Flyers tied after first in Game 4

    May 7, 2010, 8:02 PM EST

    The Flyers entered tonight’s Game 4 against the Bruins on the brink of elimination and got off to a start they would’ve liked to avoid. The seemingly ageless Mark Recchi got the Bruins on the board first at 15:37 of the first and there’s no truth the rumor that he told Brian Boucher to get…

  19. Mainstream columnist slams NHL, mockery follows

    May 7, 2010, 7:34 PM EST

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    Stop me if you’ve read a piece like this before. The NHL playoffs have actually been outstanding to watch. They’ve outdone the NBA’s playoffs for drama and in some ways are better than the early rounds of last year’s NFL postseason. Plus, as far as we know, hockey doesn’t have its own version of troglodytic…

  20. Wings to stay at Joe Louis at least one more year

    May 7, 2010, 1:56 AM EST

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    While the Detroit Red Wings lease at Joe Louis Arena is expiring soon, Wings owner Mike Ilitch decided to let folks know that the Wings will stay at the Joe for the time being. “They’ll probably play their games at the Joe, because, you know, it takes time to get things done,” Ilitch said. “Things…

  21. Coyotes sale potentially in big trouble

    May 6, 2010, 11:51 PM EST

    The NHL playoffs were moving along a little too smoothly to not have a bombshell be dropped right in the middle of everything. The sale of the Phoenix Coyotes has hit yet another snag and this time it’s a big one. Sources tell TSN the city of Glendale has asked Ice Edge Holdings to return…

  22. Franzen's six point night leads Wings to 7-1 win

    May 6, 2010, 10:52 PM EST

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    If nothing else,  tonight’s Wings-Sharks games will be remembered for the scoring touch of Detroit’s “Mule.” Johan Franzen’s four goals and six points lead the way to help give Detroit a 7-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4. It was very nearly a five goal effort for Franzen but Detroit’s first goal,…

  23. Habs comeback to stun Pens, tie series

    May 6, 2010, 10:20 PM EST

    The Montreal Canadiens headed into the third period of Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins needing to find some offense trailing 2-1 and being outshot 25-9 after two periods. They may not have been pretty goals and they may not have gone in off their own sticks or skates, but the Canadiens got the offense…

  24. Nabokov out, rout continues; Wings lead 6-1

    May 6, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    Just to prove that sometimes an obvious hunch pays off, the Sharks started the second period with starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov on the bench and backup goalie Thomas Greiss in goal.  It wasn’t long into the second period until the Red Wings showed Greiss just what Nabokov was dealing with as Brian Rafalski scored on…

  25. Franzen with a hat trick in first for Detroit; Pens hold lead

    May 6, 2010, 8:38 PM EST

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    Getting a hat trick in the playoffs is a heck of an accomplishment, just ask Dustin Byfuglien. Getting a natural hat trick in the playoffs is pretty impressive in itself and remarkable all at once and that’s precisely what Johan Franzen accomplished.  In the span of 5:36 the Red Wings delivered four straight goals to…

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