James O'Brien

Video: Alex Chiasson boards Scott Laughton, fights Sam Gagner


Philadelphia Flyers fans aren’t happy that Alex Chiasson avoided getting a boarding penalty on Saturday, and Flyers players don’t seem happy with Chiasson specifically.

You can see why in the video above, as Chiasson boarded Scott Laughton, prompting Sam Gagner to drop the gloves.

It’s too early to tell if this will cause problems for Laughton, but here are some observations about his situation.

Observers who aren’t a little Flyers-leaning seem to think Chiasson got away with one, too.

Should the Department of Player Safety look at this one?

Video: Assist gives Patrick Marleau 1,000 points

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No matter what happens regarding his trade-related future, Patrick Marleau will know this much: he scored at least 1,000 points as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

Marleau reached that milestone on Saturday, as he grabbed the secondary assist on a Brent Burns goal, which you can see in the video above.

That gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins as they hope to stay hot during a so-far impressive road run.

Update: Speaking of milestones, Daniel Sedin grabbed his 900th point by assisting on his twin’s goal.

Like Marleau, Sedin didn’t wait to add more, as a goal gives him 901 as of this writing.

Logan Couture resumes skating for first time since surgery

Logan Couture, Duncan Keith

The San Jose Sharks are on a four-game winning streak – all during a big road trip – but that probably won’t stop them from missing Logan Couture.

There’s good news in that regard, as CSNBayArea.com reports that he skated for the first time since his Oct. 17 surgery for a broken fibula.

“It’s a real positive for us,” Sharks assistant Steve Spott said. “It’s nice to see him back on skates and it’s nice to see he’s got his gear back on. He’s taking part in meetings now with the team, and hopefully it’s sooner than later. It’s definitely a nice shot of adrenaline for us.”

Couture views his recovery as a day-by-day process, whatever that means in the grand scheme of things.

The Sharks wrap up their six-game road trip by visiting the Penguins tonight and the Blue Jackets on Sunday. They’re seeing the end of the tunnel on that long road, and it sounds like they’re getting a glimpse of it with their injured young star.

Caps send message to Burakovsky with healthy scratch

Andre Burakovsky
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Heading into the 2015-16 season, it seemed like Andre Burakovsky could make just as much of an impact as Evgeny Kuznetsov for the Washington Capitals.

That … hasn’t exactly happened.

For that reason, Barry Trotz hopes to get Burakovsky’s attention in the clearest way: a healthy scratch on Saturday.

CSNWashington.com has more.

“Sometimes you pull him out and he gets to reassess,” Trotz said. “There’s nothing that gets your message across like pulling a player out. A little more detail and a little more production and he should be fine.”

It seems like the young forward is struggling in ways both obvious and subtle.

With Burakovsky out, Justin Williams gets bumped to the second line (with Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson) while Stanislav Galiev gets to play against the Colorado Avalanche.

For more, check out that CSNWashington.com story.

NHL’s newest dynamic duo: Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl

Taylor Hall, Oscar Klefbom, Leon Draisaitl, Teddy Purcell, Mark Fayne

Leon Draisaitl almost seems like a different player than the one who seemed out of place in the NHL during the 2014-15 season.

“The Deutschland Dangler” continued to develop white-hot chemistry with Taylor Hall on Friday night, as the two starred in a convincing 5-1 win against the New Jersey Devils.

Both players enjoyed three-point nights after Hall completed an empty-net goal sequence.

Draisaitl’s sophomore leap has been especially resounding; he has 10 points during a five-game point streak (scoring at least a goal in those four contests) and has six multi-point games so far this season.

He’s played in 10 games, folks, with 17 points overall.

This pairing has been so impressive, you could forgive some Oilers fans for forgetting that Connor McDavid is on the shelf, even temporarily. Just imagine how interesting Edmonton might be if they can pair up Draisaitl – Hall (name submission: “Kid and the Hall”) and McDavid – Nail Yakupov, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fitting in when appropriate?

Hey, they could even have three pairings with RNH + Jordan Eberle, if they want to be especially bold.

It’s almost as if it’s beneficial to stack high-end draft talent for years and years, eh?