The Bruins and Canucks are set to do it all over again, albeit for just one game.
Boston and Vancouver will square off this afternoon in a Stanley Cup finals rematch in Boston that sees both teams come into the game on fire. Boston has been virtually unstoppable this season by both scoring a ton of goals and not allowing their opponents to get on the board. Their video game-like performance this year has it set up so that they’ll be the odds on favorites to win it all again.
Vancouver, like Boston, started the season slowly leading to a lot of talk about hangovers. Now with that slow start behind them, the Canucks are rolling. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are again doing their thing and both sit near the top of the league points race and even Roberto Luongo has been playing great of late.
Of course, Luongo won’t have to worry about anything today as Cory Schneider gets the start. A little “Bruins flu” perhaps? Not likely, but with how well Luongo has been playing, giving him the start against Boston would’ve been like dropping a grenade in his season.
It may not be right to call this game a huge test for Vancouver, but after last year’s miserable performance in the finals this might be it.
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