If you watched the first period against between the Penguins and the Habs, you probably came away thinking that Pittsburgh dominated and should have had a nice lead over the Canadiens.
Yet after 20 minutes, it’s tied 1-1 after Brian Gionta’s late period goal negated the strong play by the Penguins. Until that point, the Habs had been content to just dump and idly chase the puck on offense, while allowing the Penguins offense to have free reign while back on defense.
Yet despite what the eyes tell you happened on the ice, the first period stats tell a different story. The Habs outshot the Penguins 12-9, although the scoring chances were a bit more even.
Jaroslav Halak made 11 saves, although it still seemed as though he was suffering from the fatigue that plagued him in Game 1. Should be interesting to keep an eye on moving forward.
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