Author: James O'Brien

Dan Boyle

Video: Sharks give Dan Boyle a strangely rocking tribute


Dan Boyle had a great run with the San Jose Sharks, so it makes sense that the team made him a video tribute as he returned to town with the New York Rangers.

It’s also great to hear that Sharks fans gave him a standing ovation.

The highlight package the Sharks churned out was great, if strangely rocking (assuming that they played this same music during the game, of course):

Boyle certainly seemed to enjoy it, regardless:

Video: Crosby was fairly excited after beating Montreal in OT


To some extent, it’s a special night any time Sidney Crosby plays against a Canadian team. Even so, the nights Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins face off against the Montreal Canadiens are probably extra special to him.

Crosby really went toe-to-toe with Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec on Saturday, and while his underrated opponent made things difficult, Crosby got the last laugh by scoring the overtime game-winner on the power play (or OT PP GWG, if you love acronyms):

The game served as an enticing match between two of the East’s best teams, with the Penguins (obviously) taking the 2-1 OT win.

To the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe, this win may very well serve as a catalyst for Pittsburgh, especially with what could be a very intriguing game coming up against the New York Islanders (who dispatched Columbus 5-2 tonight):

Kiss of bad luck: Kings’ Toffoli sidelined with mono


If you’re prone to being annoyed by cheesy word play, kiss your patience goodbye, because Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli’s missing Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets because of mono.

That’s the word from the OC Register’s Rich Hammond, who asks the question on many hockey peoples’ minds: is that better or worse than the mumps?

Here’s a quick rundown of the ailment via Web MD:

Mononucleosis, also called “mono,” is a common illness that can leave you feeling tired and weak for weeks or months. Mono goes away on its own, but lots of rest and good self-care can help you feel better.

Mono usually is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is most often seen in teens and young adults. Children can get the virus, but it often goes unnoticed because their symptoms are mild. Older adults usually don’t get mono, because they have immunity to the virus.

At first, the impression was that the mumps might be worse, but then again:

Either way, it’s a bummer for the Kings, as they had just reaped some rewards for reuniting Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter.