Saturday, April 21, 2012

Former T-Birds gunning for the Cup

I'm trying to keep up with former Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips taking part in the NHL playoffs. Right now, only T-Birds are being represented in the race for the Cup.

Here are a couple of stories involving Jim O'Brien (T-Birds 2007-2009):

                      (Turris & O'Brien celebrate Game 4 OT score & win - Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Jim O'Brien living the dream in NHL playoffs with Ottawa:

O'Brien had the assist in the OT game winner in Game 4

Rob Klinkhammer (T-Birds 2005-2006) has also seen a little action with the Sens, although he was a scratch today.

                             (this is Klinkhammer late in the regular season - Photo: Bruce Bennet/Getty Images)

Former T-Bird Patrick Marleau (1995-1997) didn't fare so well, as his Sharks were knocked out by the Blues. Judging by the tweets about Patty, there's a lot of frustration surrounding his play, or lack thereof (0 points). Former Seattle hockey wunderkind T.J. Oshie, however, had 3 assists in 5 games to help the Blues move on:

                                         (A frustrated Marleau today - Photo: Dilip Vishnawat/Getty Images)

                                         (Oshie - Photo: Sarah Conrad/Reuters)

The Washington Capitals are up 3 games to 2 over reigning champs the Boston Bruins. Former T-Bird Brooks Laich (2001-2003) has 1 goal and 3 assists so far:

                                   (Laich scores here - Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)

There seem to be quite a few rookies representing in the playoffs and the NHL has courteously listed their stats for us:

I don't think I'm missing any other former T-Birds or Silvertips - but if you spot an omission, please let me know!

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