Author: James O'Brien

Matt Bartkowski, Marcus Foligno, Brian Gionta

Sabres aren’t happy with league’s decision regarding Bartkowski


The Buffalo Sabres have to move on from the league’s decision not to suspend Matt Bartkowski for his hit on Brian Gionta, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it.

The team vented to the Buffalo News regarding the lack of supplemental discipline for the Boston Bruins defenseman.

“It’s never a good thing to see,” Sabres blueliner Josh Gorges said. “You never want to see anybody get hurt, and hopefully he’s not out too long. I’m not really sure how that’s handled. It was a five-minute penalty, major and a game. I thought it was supposed to be an automatic hearing and review. But they make their decisions and we live with it.”

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan almost seems to wonder if there’s something wrong with the culture of the sport.

“Sometimes, unfortunately, some of your players put themselves in vulnerable positions,” Nolan said. “Does that give you the green light to hit them in that position? Sometimes the sportsmanship should come out but, once in a while, that doesn’t seem to be the fact anymore.”

Here’s video of the hit:

Bartkowski received a game misconduct for his actions. The Sabres told the Buffalo News that Gionta has an upper-body injury, yet they don’t believe that it’s a concussion.

PHT Morning Skate: Yay or nay on ‘Lord of the Rings’ jersey?


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

A look at the “star-making” season for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson. (The Hockey News)

Donald Duck, Goofy and hockey. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

From the ECHL team who brought you those “Seinfeld”-inspired “puffy shirt” jerseys, the Bakersfield Condors present a “Lord of the Rings” jersey. It’s … a lot to take in.

(Technically one might say it’s also inspired by the “Hobbit” trilogy.)





Read more about the promotion here.

Watch Nationals Park transform in preparation for the 2015 Winter Classic:

Want a little more video this morning? Check out this interesting bit on the maturation of Gabriel Landeskog:

Gaudreau’s first hat trick helps Flames stun Kings

Johnny Gaudreau

It started off as one of those typical “phone it in” type games, but for all their flaws, it’s probably foolish to label Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames as quitters.

They were down 3-0 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. After tonight, the Flames are off until Saturday.

A less spirited team may have slumped its shoulders and taken its ninth loss in a row.

Gaudreau instead lit a fire in his team and sparked a resounding 4-3 OT comeback win instead.

The spritely 21-year-old generated the first hat trick of his career, and he did it in “natural” fashion in erasing a 3-0 deficit to a 3-3 tie. He nearly iced it in overtime, too, but Mark Giordano instead did the trick with less than a minute left in extra time.

Take a look at Gaudreau’s hat trick in the videos below.

If there’s one lesson from “The Gaudreau Show,” it’s that you might not want to turn it off before it’s over.