Caps star forward Alexander Semin did a very bad thing last night in the Caps 3-2 loss to Colorado. In the second period of play, Semin cross checked Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles in the head. Semin appeared to be agitated with Liles’ light cross checks and responded in over-the-top fashion. You can see crude video of the hit here from YouTube. Semin was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.
Today, we hear from TSN’s Bob McKenzie that Semin will be fined for the hit and will be available to play tonight against the New York Rangers. It’s a good thing for the Caps that Semin will be available because taking one of their big offensive guns out of the lineup would be a tough blow for a team that’s been struggling to score goals consistently of late, something that’s helped lead to their five game losing streak.
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