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P.K. Subban vs. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson?

For whatever reason, the fandoms of hockey and professional wrestling often converge, so this exchange between P.K. Subban and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is quite surreal.

As Subban shared on his Instagram account, P.K. got the chance to interact with The Rock on the set of the HBO Show “Ballers.” Wait, did I say interact? I think the proper phrase would be that Subban “cut a promo” on The Rock.

Although, it’s also fair to say that Subban cribbed his gimmick from The Rock but … look, it’s better if you just enjoy Subban’s perfect timing, and maybe WWE should take note:

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This is what I call the Double Tower Buzz ?☝?

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Both P.K. and Lindsey Vonn give The Rock a big pop as he returned the “it doesn’t matter …” favor later on, yet I have to admit: I think Subban got him better. The timing difference is microscopic, but I’d still say: P.K. 1, The Rock 0.

If you have any familiarity with pro wrestling, you know that it’s all about building toward the next match, so maybe this is just the beginning?

After all, Subban already has an option for ring gear, as we saw last summer with Vonn:

On second thought, there might not be enough room for error, at least with WWE being PG and out of the “Attitude Era.”

(H/T to The Score.)

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Even Grzelcyk’s Bruins teammates can’t spell his name


This post features a video clip of hardcore Boston Bruins fans … but you have to wonder, are they hardcore enough to know how to spell Matt Grzelcyk‘s name correctly without looking it up?

Grzelcyk is on the Mount Rushmore of “Copy-Paste” NHL names, honestly. Every time I spell it (confession: usually after looking it up, and still not being very confident about it), that name always leaves me feeling less than confident.

As you can see in the video above, Grzelcyk’s teammates didn’t have much luck. While David Krejci was smart enough not to even try (call that veteran prowess), others tried and failed, with Grzelcyk himself admitting that even lifelong friends probably don’t know how to spell it. Patrice Bergeron tried his best, but his faceoff percentage is higher than his spelling score with, uh … Matt G.

In other fun posts, enjoy Bruins fanatics:

There’s a lot to take in there, with the biggest highlight (for me) being when Boston fans talk about “The Ultimate Warrior” in accents that almost feel too on-the-nose for “The Simpsons.” It’s truly splendid.

(Though, allow a moment of beef that those fans are using bWo. Have they not heard of The Blue World Order? Perhaps they need to settle that with some sort of tag team match.)

Game 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final is currently airing on NBCSN (stream here).

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

PHT Morning Skate: Charitable beards and young Mike Babcock


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.

Even if you’re one of those cold souls who think that playoff beards are played out – really? – this story should warm your heart a bit: the Washington Capitals’ (copyrighted!) Beard-a-Thon raised more than $30K for the American Special Hockey Association. (Capitals)

Want to get your mind blown a little bit? Check out these photos of young and very young Mike Babcock. (BarDown)

Former WWE star CM Punk’s passion for the Chicago Blackhawks is no secret, but you can find out more about his fandom here. (The Hockey News)

Alex Killorn believes that his mom is more impressed with his degree than his NHL career. Well, it is from Harvard. (Tampa Bay Times)

More on Joel Quenneville’s decision to go with “fresh legs.” (

The “ripple effect” of Babcock’s contract. (Sportsnet)

Clearing the defensive zone might not be so clearly beneficial. (Jen LC)