James O'Brien

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, left, collects himself with Erik Karlsson (65) after allowing a goal to Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The Penguins won 6-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

This turnover may be Exhibit A for Erik Karlsson’s critics


It feels like Erik Karlsson has taken the torch from Mike Green as the high-scoring defenseman that some fans and pundits love to hate.

If you follow “Hockey Twitter,” you probably see it all the time: Karlsson haters surface to point out a mistake, then mysteriously go underground during the frequent moments when he does great things for the Ottawa Senators.

That crowd must have feasted on Karlsson’s mistakes on Saturday night, even if the Senators ended up beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 via a shootout.

This tweet was nowhere near the harshest comment toward Karlsson:

The “one-timer” Karlsson sent to Andreas Athanasiou really was pretty bad:

While this own-goal seemed to sting:

Karlsson currently leads the NHL by averaging 29:08 minutes per contest. Most of those minutes are productive, with Karlsson driving offense and Ottawa’s transition game.

Still, there will be those moments where things go awry, and Karlsson’s critics received two files to cite come Norris debate time.

(Because, chances are, Karlsson will be in the discussion.)

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