James O'Brien

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

Video: Matt Tennyson’s frightening fall on Ryan Reaves’ boarding major


St. Louis Blues tough guy Ryan Reaves delivered a boarding hit on Matt Tennyson of the San Jose Sharks, and the outcome was frightening to watch.

As you can see from the video above, Tennyson may have been dazed (or knocked unconscious) on his way down to the ice, so it didn’t appear as though he was able to brace his fall.

The Sharks made the Blues pay on ensuing power plays, and currently lead St. Louis 3-0 early in the first period.

We’ll keep an eye out for updates regarding Tennyson’s condition.

Update: Unfortunately, it could be a concussion.

Brian Elliott leaves with injury as Jake Allen returns


The St. Louis Blues currently find themselves down 3-0 early to the San Jose Sharks, yet that’s probably not why Brian Elliott left their net.

The belief is that Elliott may have suffered a lower-body injury. If true, this is maybe the most “2015-16 St. Louis Blues” thing possible, as this team continues to weather a baffling array of injuries.

On Sunday alone, the team dealt with the gut-punch of an announcement that Alexander Steen will miss at least one month of action.

It’s weirdly fitting, too, that Elliott might be injured on the night that Jake Allen returned from his own issues. For all the talk about a goalie controversy, perhaps the multiple-choice question should have been:

A) Allen
B) Elliott
C) Injuries will take the choice away

Now, Ken Hitchcock has been a little funky with goalie swaps before, so there’s always the chance that Elliott is OK. Perhaps it will go down as an early hook, after all?

Update: It is indeed a lower-body injury.

WATCH LIVE: San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues


An 82-game season is a long haul, so you can only read so much into any match.

Still, the San Jose Sharks (who spent on some trade pickups today) and the St. Louis Blues (who found out they’ll be without Alexander Steen for some time) are two franchises in murky places right now.

There’s talent on both sides, no doubt. Vladimir Tarasenko, Brent Burns, Jaden Schwartz, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski are just a few examples of the players worth tuning in for.

Beyond that, with the deadline looming – even after San Jose did some homework early – a contest like this may steer a GM more in one direction or the other.

Get a better idea of where these two teams are going on Monday; the game airs on NBCSN and you can also stream in online via the link below.


Big relief: Infant struck by P.K. Subban’s souvenir puck seems OK


It sounds like the worst-case scenario was avoided following a “freak accident” during Sunday’s Montreal Canadiens practice.

As the Montreal Gazette reports, P.K. Subban sent a souvenir puck into the stands, which was batted around and eventually ended up hitting a one-month old baby. That’s horrific, but the good news is that the child’s mother, Valérie Meloche, announced that her child is OK.

Granted, it still sounded like a scary scene, as the Gazette’s John Meagher notes.

The infant suffered a concussion, according to the mother, and there were reports the child received CPR on site. The child spent the night under observation at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, but was released on Monday.

Click here for more on that scary scene, which thankfully seems to have worked out.

(TVA also has a report on it.)

Video: Mathew Dumba scores big goal, delivers big hit

Heading into Sunday’s 2016 Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks, many wondered about the Minnesota Wild.

Sure, they won three straight games under new head coach John Torchetti, but could they keep it going against tougher opponents.

It’s very early, but the answer so far is an emphatic “Yes,” and Mathew Dumba played a big role in that hot start.

As you can see in the video above, Dumba opened up the scoring by putting home Ryan Carter‘s rebound opportunity. That wasn’t his only impact in the opening frame, either, as he delivered a big hit too:

One would imagine that plenty of Wild fans feel pretty good right about now. Can you blame them?