All right so it wasn’t the gold medal, but it was still a stellar comeback performance for the United States in beating Sweden 4-2 in the bronze medal game at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Chris Kreider scored two goals to lead the way for the Americans while Jack Campbell held strong in goal.
For the United States, they finish the tournament with just one loss and it was a stink bomb of a game against a very motivated Team Canada in the semifinals. Having the United States come out fired up for what was a tough game against Sweden was a good change of pace as the Americans looked timid, passive, and sloppy against Canada.
With Campbell playing as strong as he did, and having to feel bad about not winning gold in Buffalo, he’s excited and hopeful he can come back next year to help the United States get back on top of the podium.
Later tonight, Canada plays Russia for the gold medal.
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