James O'Brien

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013



Can you imagine two more disparate personalities than Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand? OK, you probably could, but it’s still not a combination most of us would expect to click. They did for at least one night, though, as the Boston Bruins crippled the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 on the strength of Tuukka Rask’s continued excellence and two goals created by the odd couple (Jagr assisted on Marchand’s duo). Meanwhile, Tyler Seguin was demoted to the third line in favor of Gregory Campbell. It’s hard to imagine that lasting very long, but who knows.


It seems like the Phil Kessel - James van Riemsdyk combo took a backseat to Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri for a little while there, but with Lupul’s unfortunate injury, the American duo looks primed to pick things back up. Kessel scored two goals (including the winner) and had an assist while JVR notched a tally and a helper in Toronto’s 4-3 win against the New York Rangers.


I know many point out that Luke Schenn is helping out in Philly, but that trade was still a steal for the Buds, in my opinion.




Sidney Crosby felt good enough to give an interview on Monday. Personally, I couldn’t stop gaping at his back teeth ... Speaking of banged-up Penguins, the charade was dropped and the team admitted that James Neal has a concussion. Anyone who saw the shots of his glazed-over look and confused response would have guessed as much, yet everyone’s worried about using that phrase. Just ask Randy Carlyle ... Ales Hemsky missed Monday with a bum foot ... Milan Michalek could be close to a comeback ... Radek Dvorak scored two goals last night. Good for him, but stay away ... Congrats to “The Pain Sponge” Dennis Seidenberg for a three-assist night. Nothing special about that, but it was an excuse to trot that nickname out ... Marc Staal might play toward the tail end of this season. Jose Theodore has similar hopes, although the difference is that Theo playing seems like it’s mostly on the unnecessary side ... Jean-Sebastien Giguere slammed his teammates after the Avs lost to the Flames. I guess those 40 shots they sent at Joey MacDonald were of the low-effort variety ... Not much info on this, but it looked like Roberto Luongo hurt his hand/wrist during warm-ups last night. It’s not as if he’s really been playing much anyway, but still ... Matt Stajan left Monday’s game and didn’t return with an upper-body injury ... Alex Emelin’s season is over, but that’s not the only Montreal bit. Rene Bourque is expected to return from a concussion while Max Pacioretty might miss tonight’s game with a lower-body ailment ... Marcus Johansson’s done well to stick around for the ride with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, so give him a look if you need a depth forward ... It doesn’t sound like Ilya Kovalchuk’s coming back anytime soon. Need some comic relief? I briefly misspelled his name as “Koalachuk.”


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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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