James O'Brien

I am a contributing editor/writer/troublemaker for NBC's Pro Hockey Talk blog.

Bruins squash Stars, but Krug might be injured


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


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?

Jaromir Jagr stands alone at third all-time with 742nd goal

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Jaromir Jagr‘s tie with Brett Hull for third all-time on the NHL’s all-time goals list didn’t last long. It didn’t even last a full game.

Jagr scored the 741st goal of his distinguished career in the second period of the Florida Panthers’ game against the Winnipeg Jets. He broke his tie with Hull via his 742nd goal in the third period, with Jussi Jokinen grabbing assists on both goals.

Here’s video for goal 741:

And here’s 742:

This also marks his 20th goal of the season and his third at age 44, by the way.

There could be another bigger milestone in Jagr’s sights: