After riding a dominant Roberto Luongo performance for a tightly-matched Game 1 win, the Vancouver Canucks took a 2-0 series lead in a wild Game 2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. While the Blackhawks showed that they might be able to skate with the NHL’s best regular season team, the Canucks still accomplished their goal of holding serve at home.
Luongo’s 32-save shutout carried the Canucks to that first win, but the team’s Hart Trophy frontrunner Daniel Sedin powered the Game 2 victory. Daniel scored two goals – one on an uncanny deflection, the other with a great shot – and also added an assist while his twin brother Henrik had two helpers of his own.
While the Canucks have some great talent beyond the Sedin twins (most notably Ryan Kesler, their resident Selke Trophy candidate), the team will likely go as far as those Swedish brothers will take them.
Mike Milbury and Liam McHugh discuss Vancouver’s successful start and the Sedins’ near-telepathic connection in the video below.
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