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  1. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadi...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Propelled by the return of Alex Galchenyuk, the Canadiens are growing in confidence every game, something the Rangers must squash quickly before their series lead evaporates, writes ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | May 28, 2014
  2. Why the low-wattage playoff power plays?

    Pierre LeBrun

    CHICAGO -- Who took the "power" out of power play? The man advantage sure hasn't lived up to its name the past few years, at least when it comes to having an impact for championship teams. The past two Stanley Cup winners, the Boston Bruins in ...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  3. Kings showing their championship swagger

    Pierre LeBrun

    LOS ANGELES -- Chatting with an NHL GM the other day, he was asked how he felt things would play out in the San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings second-round playoff series. He didn't hesitate. "The Sharks were really good against the Canucks, but...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  4. Kings in unusual position: trailing a series

    Pierre LeBrun

    ST. LOUIS -- The architect of last year's Stanley Cup championship squad watched attentively as his troops went through their drills during an optional practice Wednesday. The military analogy is appropriate in this case, because Los Angeles Kings...

    Blog | May 01, 2013
  5. Team Canada bringing in lucky 13

    Pierre LeBrun

    Thirteen players, according to sources, have so far committed to Team Canada for the world championships: Forwards Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene, Taylor Hall, Jorda...

    Blog | April 25, 2013
  6. Lindy Ruff looks forward to coaching again

    Pierre LeBrun

    It is across the ocean and not the NHL, but coaching Team Canada at the IIHF men's world championship is a prideful honor that puts Lindy Ruff back behind a players' bench, where he belongs. "I can't wait, really," Ruff told ESPN.com on Wednesday ...

    Blog | April 17, 2013
  7. Team USA playing Olympics waiting game

    Pierre LeBrun

    TORONTO -- USA Hockey huddled up its NHL GM advisory group here Tuesday night with a focus on the upcoming IIHF men's world championship, but it was also a chance to update player evaluations for next February's Olympic team. Brian Burke, Don Wadd...

    Blog | March 20, 2013
  8. Sharks roster needs a fresh coat of paint

    Pierre LeBrun

    The San Jose Sharks have played the second-most playoff games, behind only Detroit, since 2004, when a nine-year run as a contender began with a trip to the conference finals. Because that run hasn't produced a championship -- although three confe...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  9. Worlds craze will heat up without NHL

    Pierre LeBrun

    The IIHF world junior championship in Ufa, Russia, is taking center stage in the hockey world over the holidays even more than usual thanks to the NHL lockout. Hockey-starved fans in North America need a fix and finally got it with Canada and the ...

    Blog | December 27, 2012
  10. 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs - How the Los Angeles Kings got their m...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Five key factors helped the Los Angeles Kings go from conference doormat to being one win away from the Stanley Cup championship, writes Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | June 05, 2012
  11. Five players you'd like to see win

    Pierre LeBrun

    There is no real Dave Andreychuk or Ray Bourque in this year's Stanley Cup finals, an obvious sentimental player nearing the end of his career still searching for his first NHL championship. But if you ask me, here are five players it would be imposs...

    Blog | May 28, 2012
  12. Canucks keeping rematch in perspective

    Pierre LeBrun

    Saturday affords us not just a rematch of last June's Stanley Cup finals, but a possible preview of this season's championship series as well. That's how well the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks have bounced back from their long playoff journe...

    Blog | January 06, 2012
  13. It's not panic time in Buffalo -- yet

    Pierre LeBrun

    Billionaire Terry Pegula has invested heavily both on and off the ice with the hopes of a championship run in Buffalo. Days away from Christmas, the Sabres are not that team yet. Some Sabres fans are calling for the heads of the head coach and ...

    Blog | December 20, 2011
  14. 2011 Stanley Cup finals: Vancouver Canucks' Roberto Luongo blocks...

    Pierre LeBrun

    The Vancouver Canucks' much-maligned goaltender delivered one of the most important performances of his career Friday night, a 31-save shutout of the Boston Bruins that put his team just one victory away from the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship.

    Story | Conversation | June 10, 2011
  15. Stanley Cup finals breakdown: Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins...

    Pierre LeBrun

    The Bruins face a much tougher opponent in the Canucks. If they hope to end their Cup drought, they'll have to solve their problems fast in the finals.

    Story | Conversation | May 27, 2011
  16. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Chicago Blackhawks continue to get beat ...

    Pierre LeBrun

    The Blackhawks may lead the Cup finals, but they are getting beat badly in an area that helps win NHL championships: special teams.

    Story | Conversation | June 02, 2010