James O'Brien

Video: Roussel goes after Gagner, doesn’t get fighting major


It cannot be very easy to be an on-ice official in the NHL.

The action’s speedy, making it tough to distinguish embellishments from legitimate reactions, among other situations.

Every now and then you have to wonder what, exactly, was going on.

Take, for instance, the incident in the video above. How exactly did Dallas Stars troublemaker Antoine Roussel not get a fighting major for what he did with Sam Gagner? Was it really all about trying to keep both sides happy when the penalties were handed out?

Even former zebras were perplexed:

Oh well.

Here’s an easier situation to understand: Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are lethal in 2-on-1 situations, especially with a fresh sheet of ice.

Crosby breaks cold streak, Pens edge Panthers


It was a matter of time, and honestly, even some of Sidney Crosby‘s many haters were probably getting tired of hearing about his struggles.

(Plenty of other people were probably basking in it, mind you.)

Either way, Crosby finally nabbed a point in 2015-16, and it was a power-play goal against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. It gave the Pittsburgh Penguins what currently stands as a 1-0 lead.

Perhaps Crosby got a little extra fire going because of his heated exchange with Jaromir Jagr, who still gets booed in Pittsburgh.

The reactions to his first tally are about what you expected.

And so on.

Update: Crosby ended the night with one goal and two assists as the Penguins beat the Panthers 3-2 in OT. Evgeni Malkin‘s winner needed video review.

More on Blue Jackets’ struggles to make a trade

Alexander Wennberg

The latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading aired on Tuesday night, and one of the most interesting bits expands upon the Columbus Blue Jackets’ tough time on the trade market.

Bob McKenzie trotted out the following facets of GM Jarmo Kekalainen’s failed bids:

  • The Blue Jackets are hoping to land a top-two defenseman, to which McKenzie said “good luck with that.”
  • For one thing, McKenzie said it’s a bad time to aim for a trade. That makes sense, as the season’s so young that most teams are probably still gauging their rosters and not quite panicking about any shortcomings.
  • There may be two prospects that could get something moving, but the Blue Jackets aren’t willing to part with Alexander Wennberg (pictured with Kekalainen) and Zach Werenski.

Not a huge surprise that Kekalainen is coming up empty in his attempts, especially since he’s asking for such a sought-after commodity without dangling his farm system’s most sought-after commodities.

To little surprise, McKenzie said that head coach Todd Richards is on the hot seat, especially if Columbus keeps losing (they’re facing a real challenge in the New York Islanders tonight).

Click here for the full segment.

Update: Perhaps something could happen, after all?

WATCH LIVE: Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers

Brayden Schenn, Antoine Roussel

The Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers don’t share a whole lot in common – previously employing Ken Hitchcock, maybe? – but both teams have some star power and hopes to return to the playoffs.

Having Claude Giroux, Jamie Benn, Jakub Voracek, Tyler Seguin and other talented players on the same ice surface should be a real treat tonight.

The contest airs on NBCSN tonight, yet you can also stream the action live via the link below.


Blues win ‘street fight’ against Jets


More often than not, Dustin Byfuglien makes a big impact – literally, figuratively or both.

Following a flat matinee, the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets put on a clash of the titans that ended with a 4-2 Blues win.

TSN’s commentators hyped it up as a potentially physical affair, yet the two sides topped even those expectations.

Jacob Trouba seemed to get away with a high hit on Troy Brouwer (who was shaken up, but is seemingly OK), but that check was bumped out of the headlines thanks to this, well, Byfuglien-sized check on Jay Bouwmeester. (See above.)

That’s the kind of dramatic moment that might just demand a Jim Ross dub.

The contest was truly a testy, physical encounter. St. Louis seems to be developing a narrative where someone gets hurt and they get a win, as they won all four games in a tough Western Canada road rip.

Ken Hitchcock might have said it best:

It’s also the sort of win that makes you wonder if the Blues may just be equipped to finally get over that playoff hump.

Of course, many are already a little skeptical of that narrative, as the Blues have “teased” fans with great regular season results plenty of times before under Ken Hitchcock’s watch.

Note: The Jets lost, but it’s still quite the start for Blake Wheeler & Co: