Nick Johnson is just a guy living the dream in Minnesota now. He’s gone from being a waiver wire pickup in training camp after being cut by the Penguins to getting a shot to shine on the first line alongside Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley in Minnesota.
Johnson getting the shot to play on the top line is thanks to Guillaume Latendresse going out with a concussion. Johnson’s gotten time on the Wild’s third and fourth lines this season and has provided some physical play and a little bit of scoring touch too. On the top line he’ll look to bring more of that physical edge than anything else. Koivu and Heatley can certainly provide enough offense.
It’s not likely going to be a permanent move for the Wild as coach Mike Yeo figures out how to juggle the lineup with Latendresse out of action, but for Johnson it makes for a heck of a fairy tale-like story to go from nearly being sent back to the AHL to being a top line guy. Let’s see if he can make the most of it now.
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