James O'Brien

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

Bruins tweaks: Gustavsson on IR, Subban and Pastrnak recalled


The Boston Bruins made some noteworthy roster moves as the All-Star break draws to a close on Monday.

Let’s start in net. Jonas Gustavsson was placed on injured reserve, opening up an emergency recall for fellow goalie Malcolm Subban.

The larger on-ice impact may come with David Pastrnak (pictured) being recalled, however. While he hasn’t quite got off the ground at the NHL level so far in 2015-16, he closed out last season on a tear, so we’ll see if he can give the B’s a boost heading into a hopeful playoff run.

It may not be a long stay on IR for Gustavsson, aka “The Monster.”

“We placed Jonas on injured reserve as we await his final test results,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. “Pending those final test results, he will be cleared for full participation by our medical staff.”

Louis Domingue snatches January’s Rookie of the Month honors


Louis Domingue emerged as the Arizona Coyotes’ surprise starting goalie in January – at least for now – and that effort helped him get the Rookie of the Month nod from the NHL.

The league notes that Domingue generated a 6-3-2 record with a .925 save percentage in 11 games played, helping the Coyotes remain in the West’s playoff picture in the process.

He’s the second straight goalie to nab this monthly honor, as Anaheim Ducks All-Star netminder John Gibson took the December honors.

This has been a big month for Domingue off the ice as well, by the way:

Dream ride continues: John Scott named NHL’s first star of the week


When it comes to embracing the big story of John Scott at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, the league may be graded as “better late than never.”

Continuing a dizzying few days that feel fabricated from a Hollywood script, Scott was named the first star of the week by the NHL.

His name rounded out a group that also includes forwards Cam Atkinson (second star) and Jack Eichel (third).

Here’s the league’s entry on Scott.

Scott was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday after scoring two goals with a plus-2 rating for the Pacific Division in its 9-6 win against the Central Division in the semifinals. The Pacific went on to win the All-Star Game with a 1-0 win against the Atlantic Division in the final.

Scott was named Pacific Division captain while a member of the Arizona Coyotes. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 15 and sent to St. John’s of the American Hockey League. He tipped a Brent Burns shot for his first goal and beat goalie Devan Dubnyk on a breakaway for his second of the game.

You can read up on their summary of the nice short-weeks by Atkinson and Eichel here.

If you’re among those hockey fans who have been left grumpy by Scott’s ride … well, his magical ride might be just about over.


More on Scott’s Cinderella story

Winning All-Star MVP

“You can’t write this stuff”

Scott opens up about all the drama

His All-Star shirts sold out in little time

WATCH LIVE: 2016 NHL All-Star Game


Which team will win the $1 million Grand Prize? How will John Scott handle himself? Will Jaromir Jagr just idle toward the end because of fatigue?

Plenty of questions will be answered shortly during the NHL’s 3-on-3 All-Star tournament. You can watch it all unfold on NBCSN and stream it online via the link below.


Oh, and if you’re wondering about the rules, check them out here.

Here are the rules for the NHL’s 3-on-3 All Star tournament


Want to know how the 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 tournament will work? Look no further.

  • It’s a three-game tournament, with the winner of the Metropolitan Division vs. Atlantic going up against the winner of the Pacific vs. Central in the final round. The East won the Skills Competition, so they elected to go first.
  • Six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies make up each 11-player team.
  • Each game is 20 minutes long, with two 10-minute periods. There’s a “hard whistle” after the first 10 minutes of each game to signify the end of a period, with teams switching sides.
  • Every goal will be subject to video review.
  • Power plays will be 4-on-3 on 5-on-3. In other words, as usual, there won’t be fewer than three players on the ice for either side.
  • In an interesting wrinkle, minor penalties will last one minute rather than two.
  • There will be the same officials for all games, with referees Dan O’Rourke and Ian Walsh alongside linesmen Jonny Murray and Vaughan Rody.
  • The grand prize is $1 million, split between members of the winning team.

Got it? Good.