Claude Giroux’s emergence in Philadelphia this season has been a long time coming. Giroux was drafted in the first round by the Flyers back in 2006. In an era when first round picks often join their NHL clubs immediately after being drafted, Giroux took his time in becoming a go-to guy in Philly.
Last year saw Giroux have a breakout season and he’s only improved on that this season. He improved so much he was named to the All-Star Game and he leads the high-scoring Flyers in points this season. Now that he’s carved his way into the forefront of discussion about the Flyers perhaps he can now get former Flyers GM Bobby Clarke to remember what his first name is.
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