Colorado hadn’t played a game in more than a week and it showed tonight. The Avalanche allowed two goals in the game’s opening minute (OK, 61 seconds) before giving the Wild a run for their money. This marks Minnesota’s sixth win in seven games, reinforcing the fact that there just isn’t much certainty in the West.
Andrew Brunette scored two goals, Kyle Brodziak scored the opener and Pierre-Marc Bouchard earned the game winner for Minnesota. Milan Hejduk scored two goals of his own for Colorado, while Chris Stewart also found the twine.
Earlier today, I referred to the Dallas Stars’ decision to quickly yank Andrew Raycroft as “pulling a Jose Theodore” but that was a little unfair. After all, Raycroft has been pulling a Theodore in a different way this season by being a great backup. Theo helped the Wild win by making 38 out of 41 saves in this one. Craig Anderson allowed two more goals after those two quick ones in the first minute of the game.
Minnesota is now in seventh place with 59 points and 27 wins in 51 games played. Colorado is already down to 12th, despite only being three points behind at 56 (with 25 wins in 51 games).
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