James O'Brien

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

Uh oh: Ryan Getzlaf missed Ducks’ game due to lower-body injury

The good news is that the Anaheim Ducks are in much better condition than they were the last time Ryan Getzlaf was injured.

That’s even true in the smallest sense, as the Ducks are hoping to hold onto a 2-0 lead against the Arizona Coyotes; if they do so, that would mark 10 straight wins.

In a broader sense, they’re jockeying with the Los Angeles Kings for the top position in the Pacific Division, so they can afford to let Getzlaf heal. He’s considered day-to-day, so … maybe this is just a small concern?

As that Tweet indicates, there’s a chance he might play in what could be a significant Saturday game against said Kings. We’ll need to wait and see in that regard.

Henrik Lundqvist: Not a happy man against Penguins tonight


With Nicklas Lidstrom retired, Henrik Lundqvist may very well have inherited the title of “Perfect Hockey Human.” Perhaps that’s why so many people enjoy his rare moments of vulnerability.

Thursday wasn’t about Lundqvist allowing an unusual soft goal, though. In tonight’s case, Lundqvist lost his cool against the Pittsburgh Penguins, eventually getting pulled from the net.

Really, it might have come down to New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault wanting to protect said nets:


Update: In less amusing news, Lundqvist got the early hook in part because of an injury. On the bright side, it doesn’t appear to be serious.

The Penguins ended up beating the Rangers 4-1.


In case the text of that Tweet didn’t make it clear, the Penguins seem to enjoy King Henrik’s little meltdown.

One can only imagine the locker room damage (hide the Gatorade cooler):

Oh, and the jokes. So many jokes.

Yes, a rare sight, although Lundqvist getting the early shower is a discouragingly common thing this season:

Related: Marc-Andre Fleury describes Lundqvist’s actions as “baby stuff.”

Sens’ Mark Borowiecki out indefinitely after awkwardly hitting boards

The Ottawa Senators have had bad injury luck lately, and that trend continued on Thursday.

As you can see from the video above, Mark Borowiecki hit the boards awkwardly after a seemingly innocuous collision with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle.

The play-by-play accurately stated that Borowiecki seemed uncomfortable right away, flexing his leg after that bump. It turns out he wasn’t feeling great for a reason, as the Senators label him as out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

Ottawa’s playoff hopes are slim, so losing more players to injury only makes that situation look less optimistic.

Doc Emrick broadcasting a Pirates game is as cool as it sounds


Don’t worry, hockey fans, it doesn’t look like Mike “Doc” Emrick is leaving the sport for baseball.

It must be said, though, that once he “divorced himself from cheering,” Emrick’s velvety-smooth voice fit quite well with the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training action this week.

You can enjoy some highlights (including some winning banter about Doc’s playing days) in the embed below.

As Hardball Talk notes, Emrick is also expected to sit in for a while during the Pirates’ broadcast against the Boston Red Sox on March 9.

Video: Connor McDavid shows off blazing speed, sets up goal


Nail Yakupov has been a disappointment – some might say a bust – but he has a chance to put up numbers if he can merely find a way to stick with Connor McDavid.

The struggling winger’s best moments continue to come with the phenom on his line, and Thursday was no exception, as McDavid did everything but score a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Yakupov was the one who actually put it into Philly’s net after a showing of blazing speed by McDavid.

These GIFs capture the moment nicely:

Yes, when No. 97 gets a step, all a defenseman can think is “Connor’s a goner.”

(And probably some bad words.)

As a bonus: