Steve Ott

Remembering Bruins doing their part for ‘Boston Strong’


About two years ago, lives were lost and plenty others were shaken by the Boston Marathon Bombings. Eventually, people tried to return to some form of normalcy, which added special meaning to some Boston Bruins games.

Watch the video below for some emotional memories of that time in April 2013, including reflections from former Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller and Steve Ott (who played for the road team on one especially memorable evening).

Jackman’s center-ice goal deals blow to Jets wild card chase


St. Louis blew a three-goal lead Tuesday night, but Barret Jackman beat Ondrej Pavelec from center ice with just over a minute remaining leading the Blues to a 5-4 win.

“When I threw it in there, I thought [Pavelec] was kind of surveying the play and was just going to grab it and flip it to the side,” said Jackman per’s Lou Korac. “It just kind of floated over the glove. [Pavelec] obviously didn’t get a good look at it.”

Jets head coach Paul Maurice reportedly had just a 47-second scrum post-game.

“It went in. There was nothing magical about it,” said Maurice of the Jackman goal.

The Jets loss coupled with the L.A. Kings win over the Colorado Avalanche leaves Winnipeg with a one-point lead over the Kings for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

The Blues (42-19-5) now trail the Nashville Predators by just two points for top spot in the Central Division and have two games in hand.

St. Louis scored four goals on its first seven shots of the game chasing Winnipeg starter Michael Hutchinson.

After Michael Frolik opened the scoring, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, Steve Ott and Jori Lehtera all beat Hutchinson.

The Blues STL line of Schwartz, Tarasenko and Lehtera combined for six points in the win. The trio now has 17 points in four games.

Pavelec made 19 saves in the loss.

Andrew Ladd and Lee Stempniak got the Jets’ comeback started scoring twice 11 seconds apart early in the third.


Blake Wheeler scored shorthanded to tie it 4-4.

St. Louis has now won all three meetings between the two clubs. The Blues and Jets meet again March 19 in Winnipeg.

Video: Garbutt’s undisciplined play has him in hot water — again


The latest from the “Reckless Ryan Garbutt” files — during last night’s 5-2 loss to San Jose, Garbutt was benched by Stars head coach Lindy Ruff after taking an elbowing penalty in the second period with Dallas trailing by two.

“That can’t happen, it just can’t happen this time of the year, it can’t,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning-News. “He didn’t hurt himself, he hurt 19 teammates.”

The penalty in question:

After exiting the box, Garbutt played a grand total of nine seconds and didn’t touch the ice at all in the third period.

The 29-year-old may well be the NHL’s most reckless player. He’s been suspended twice this year — one for kneeing Tyalor Hall, once for slew-footing Dustin Byfuglien — and, all told, has been suspended 10 games over the last two seasons; he was also fined during last year’s playoffs for spearing Corey Perry in the groin.

Here, now, is a sampling of the PHT headlines Garbutt’s behavior has produced:

Ruff reaches out to Garbutt’s dad about son’s reckless play

Garbutt’s undisciplined play has ‘got to stop,’ says Nill

Ruff angry, fed up with Garbutt’s lack of discipline

Steve Ott offers advice for Stars’ Ryan Garbutt

One has to wonder what the Stars will do with Garbutt moving forward. He’s on the books for one more year at $1.8 million, and has been a good producer — 17 goals and 35 points in 75 games last season, seven goals and 18 points through 50 games this year — but, at the same time, repeat warnings from both the league and Stars organization don’t appear to have altered his approach or playing style.

Steve Ott offers advice for Stars’ Ryan Garbutt


Dallas Stars agitator Ryan Garbutt has already been suspended three times through the first 157 games of his career.

Following his most recent suspension, Garbutt knows he has to change his ways.

“When you’re out, you realize how big a part of your life this is, and you want to make sure you do things right,” Garbutt told The Dallas Morning News. “It’s mental preparation, and I’ve been working on that away from the rink. It’s keeping your emotions in check even when things aren’t going your way. I think I have been better at that. I want to be sure whatever I do helps the team.”

Steve Ott, who spent parts of seven seasons with the Stars, understands what Garbutt is going through.

The St. Louis Blues’ forward says Garbutt will learn from experience.

“It is hard for players who are walking the line. What’s keeping you in the league is that edge, so you don’t want to lose that edge,” said Ott. “But I think the more you play, the more you understand how to stay on the good side of that line. It takes some time.”

Ott, who has had his run-ins with the Department of Player Safety previously, hasn’t been suspended since 2009.

“Y’know, I don’t think it’s the penalties or suspensions or even the fines that really kill you. I think the hardest thing is walking back into the room and facing your teammates when you know you have been a detriment to your team,” he said. “The hardest part is the guilt factor of having to face your own teammates and tell them, ‘I’m sorry, I hurt the team with what I did.’”

Garbutt has six goals and 11 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes in 26 games this season.

Video: Reaves goes after Backstrom, fights Wilson


Nicklas Backstrom hit Blues’ Steve Ott from behind prompting St. Louis tough guy Ryan Reaves to challenge the Capitals forward.

Washington’s Tom WIlson stepped in and took the worst of the fight with Reaves.

Backstrom did not get a penalty for his hit.