Author: James O'Brien

Fight video: Chris Stewart vs … Torey Krug?


You know what makes a fight video significantly more entertaining? A local announcer pulling no punches with his or her analysis.

Jack Edwards covers Boston Bruins games, and often does so boisterously. His take on Chris Stewart fighting Torey Krug is something to behold (though not as impressive as Krug having the guts to stand up to Stewart).

You can hear Edwards share his candid thoughts from Tuesday’s NESN telecast in the video above. It’s a real gem.

In case you need it captured, here’s the disparity one more time:

Prust wants to play, but that may only happen if Canucks trade him

Monreal Canadiens NHL hockey player Brandon Prust signs autographs for fans before practice in Brossard, Quebec, Monday, April 21, 2014. The Canadiens lead their best-of-seven series against Tampa Bay 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

The delicate dance of scratching or not scratching Brandon Prust may end with a trade from the Vancouver Canucks.

Prust wouldn’t comment beyond saying he wanted to play, and his agent Claude Lemieux* said that the rugged winger hasn’t asked for a trade. Still, Lemieux admitted to the Vancouver Sun that it wouldn’t be shocking if the Canucks shipped Prust out of town.

“Brandon wants to play,” Lemieux said. “He understands the situation … But if this goes on, he is probably going to get moved.”

(The full article is worth a look, even if you just go there for the photo of Prust “play-fighting” with Jake Virtanen.)

At first blush, the reaction may be “What’s Prust really worth?”

Still, he’s a tough player who can score a little here and there, something teams value if the asking price isn’t too steep. Don’t be surprised if his name is bandied about sometime between today and the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

* – Weird, right?

WATCH LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks at Carolina Hurricanes

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, right, battles for the puck against Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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On one side, you have a team trying to stay alive (the Hurricanes). On the other, you’ll see one trying to stay on top (the Blackhawks).

Both have the broader goal of entering the All-Star break with a win, so don’t be surprised if these two teams go all-out knowing that they won’t play a game that counts in the standings for a week or more.

This also marks the debut of Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill, so there’s plenty to watch on NBCSN or online via the link below.


Video: Dubnyk’s dubious puckhandling costs Wild a big goal


Goals and wins have been tough to come by for the Minnesota Wild. They can’t just give them away.

Devan Dubnyk made a crucial mistake as the Wild attempted to grind away a tough win against the Arizona Coyotes. His giveaway began a chain of events that allowed Antoine Vermette to score the 1-1 goal late in the third period, and the two teams are currently in overtime.

You can watch that cringe-worthy clip in the video above. This post will be updated when a more robust replay is available.

Note: this was apparently Arizona’s first shorthanded goal of 2015-16.

Update: To make it burn a little more, the Coyotes won 2-1 via a shootout. Note this one if the Coyotes make the playoffs by a hair or the Wild barely miss out …

Rangers survive Sabres’ surge, rebound from being shut out


Here’s hoping you didn’t miss the third period of the Rangers’ eventual 6-3 win against the Sabres.

When Derick Brassard made it 3-1 early in the final frame, it seemed like the Rangers might sleepwalk through a win. They did win … but not before a Sabres-fueled scare.

Jack Eichel made some brilliant plays to set up two Zemgus Girgensons goals a little mroe than a minute apart, and all of a sudden, it was 3-3.

To New York’s credit, they responded to that bold push by Buffalo, as J.T. Miller scored another game-winner just a minute after Girgensons tied it up.

The margin expanded with a pretty power-play goal and an empty-netter to finish with that 6-3 margin, and now the Rangers can breathe a sigh of relief heading into the All-Star break.

While Buffalo lost – and let’s face it, maybe that’s for the best for a team in the East’s cellar – they also made a decent argument that these contests will be closer in the not-too-distant future.

Derick Brassard earned “The Broadway Hat,” and deservedly so, as he scored two goals and three assists.