For a team that’s likely to stay completely intact, but with major
personnel questions and salary cap issues, the Calgary Flames sure seem
to have a lot of drama surrounding them. Perhaps it’s us, the dirty and
evil media that is causing most of the issues. After all, the
media was pretty laughed at earlier this week for even suggesting
that Darryl Sutter be fired.
One of the common themes toward the end of the season was
speculation surrounding Jarome Iginla’s disappointing play. Apparently
this led to some thoughts that there was a rift between Iginla and coach
Brent Sutter, something the coach says is completely false. From Ian
Busby of the Calgary Sun:
“It’s been kind of a laughing matter. Personally, Jarome doesn’t like
the fact it keeps getting mentioned and I don’t like the fact it keeps
getting mentioned because there’s no merit to it.
“That’s the truth.”
He hints that there were likely times during the season that there
might have been heated discussion fueled by the “intensity of the
competition”, but nothing along the lines of something that would cause
trouble between he and the the players.
I’m certain that things
were just peachy in the Flames locker room at the end of the season.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger