James O'Brien


Sights, sounds and nostalgia from Blackhawks-Wild alumni game

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For at least one afternoon, the “State of Hockey” enveloped itself in a state of nostalgia. And it was good.

A team of Minnesota Wild/North Stars (including Mike Modano) beat a group of retired Chicago Blackhawks (featuring Chris Chelios) by a score of 6-4 during the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game on Saturday.

Of course, the score wasn’t what most people will take away from that exhibition, which reportedly drew a crowd of 37,992 people to TCF Bank Stadium.

(Here are the full rosters, in case you want to peruse them.)

Instead, it was all about creating great memories and also recalling the legacy of the North Stars, even for those who were far removed from the time before that franchise became what is now the Dallas Stars.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a full highlights video available, but CBS’ Eye on Hockey and My Regular Face’s collection of GIFs are great places to re-live some of the best moments.

Let’s be honest: some of these great images stand as highlights in their own right.

Great stuff, and let’s not forget that hockey fans will be treated to more great images this afternoon:

For more, the NHL took a look at the game here.

Bruins squash Stars, but Krug might be injured

Dallas Stars' Mattias Janmark (13) of Sweden skates back to the bench as Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, and Kevan Miller (86) celebrate a goal by Miller in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Boston Bruins generated an impressive win against the Dallas Stars. Unfortunately, that victory could be pretty costly.

Boston bombarded Dallas by a score of 7-3, leaving the Stars stumbling into a three-game losing streak.

Brad Marchand stood out among the many Bruins performers who enjoyed great nights, as No. 63 hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career thanks to his two goals (and added an assist for good measure). Patrice Bergeron also managed his 600th point in this win.

Zdeno Chara also quietly put together a brilliant game, apparently:

The Bruins might not get much of a chance to savor this, however, as Torey Krug may have been injured by a Jason Demers hit late in the game.

Boston seems that much more comfortably seated in playoff position, yet there’s no denying that this is a cause for concern.

Fight video: Shane Doan brawls in Coyotes’ throwback sweater


The Arizona Coyotes haven’t looked good during certain spans of Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues, falling behind 4-2 so far.

That’s not to say that they’re not acknowledging their throwback uniforms altogether, though, as captain Shane Doan showed that he can still be as feisty as ever.

Watch him in the video above, as he gets a little salty with Joel Edmundson of the Blues.

It’s the first fight of Doan’s season, according to Hockey Fights’ listings.

Overall, it’s been an up-and-down night, as Louis Domingue was pulled and Oliver Ekman-Larsson might be a little banged up.

Yet another rough night for NHL referees


At this rate, the NHL might need to wrap its officials in bubble tape.

While nothing really tops the hit (inadvertent or not) that Dennis Wideman delivered on an official, it’s been a strange run of dangerous moments for referees and linesmen lately.

As in, it’s honestly getting kind of weird.

In the case of Saturday, at least two officials felt worse for wear. You can see the most painful (or at least most obvious moment of pain) in the video above, as Ian Walsh was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The other moment was a little murkier:

Strange stuff, right?

More dangerous moments for refs

Steve Miller gets hit by puck

The Wideman hit

Seriously, strangely frequent moments of bad luck

Shayne Gostisbehere: Still a machine for Flyers in OT

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93), of the Czech Republic, celebrates his game-winning goal in the overtime period of an NHL hockey game with Shayne Gostisbehere (53) against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Washington. The Flyers won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Shayne Gostisbehere just keeps scoring.

It seemed like his impressive point streak might come to an end during the Philadelphia Flyers’ eventual 5-4 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, even with the score pretty high.

The reason was simple: Gostisbehere was clobbered by Daniel Winnik, leaving plenty of Flyers fans worried that he wouldn’t finish the game, let alone continue his torrid pace.

Nope, that may have slowed “Ghost” down a bit, but he did what’s almost becoming the usual for him at this point, extending his streak to 15 games with at least one point thanks to yet another overtime goal:

These stats will give you an idea of how special his season’s been so far:

Astounding stuff. Perhaps the sort of work that might just give him a real shot at the Calder?