James O'Brien

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

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:

Video: Brad Marchand sets new career-high for goals in style


Brad Marchand is enjoying the best goal-scoring season of his career, so it’s only fitting that he set a new career-best mark with a beautiful tally.

Marchand scored his 29th goal during his Boston Bruins’ game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Check it out in video form below:

This GIF captures that great moment of skill quite well:

His previous high was 28 goals in 2011-12, when he also generated a career-best 55 points. This goal marks his 44th point of 2015-16.

Update: Marchand added another goal, so now he has 30 for the first time in his NHL career.

Jaromir Jagr scores goal 741, ties Brett Hull for third all-time


Jaromir Jagr made history once again on Saturday, and all due respect to scoring a rare goal as a 44-year-old, this bit means a lot more.

The living legend scored the 741st goal of his career (and, OK, his second at age 44) to tie Brett Hull for third all-time in goals.

Jagr still has a healthy chunk of time to score another goal against the Winnipeg Jets and pass “The Golden Brett” altogether.

Here’s video of that goal:

Hobbled Panthers now need to worry about Huberdeau


Injuries were already an issue for the Florida Panthers heading on tonight’s game, as their big line was diluted thanks to Aleksander Barkov‘s absence.

Now they may be down two-thirds of that big three (keep your head on a swivel, Jaromir Jagr), as Jonathan Huberdeau was shaken up after taking a significant check from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.


Here’s video of that unfortunate fall:

One added concern is that it sounds like Huberdeau was at least getting tested for a concussion:

Mere moments after this was posted, it was confirmed that his night is over thanks to an upper-body injury:

Not good.