For many increasingly cynical hockey fans, pointing out All-Star Game snubs is possibly the most entertaining part of the entire process. (OK, the fantasy draft might have wrestled the championship belt away, though.)
Such critics must be having a field day with the fact that Alex Ovechkin made it into the group despite producing far below the formidable standards he set for himself. (Scoring 33 points in 41 games isn’t exactly a disaster, but yes, there were likely plenty of worthier candidates.)
The thing is, the counterargument is pretty simple: All-Star Games are essentially exhibitions for the fans and sponsors’ sake, so why not bring in the biggest draw the league has with Sidney Crosby on the shelf? Ovechkin’s teammates think that it’s a pretty simple decision, as the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno reports.
“It’s important to have him there for the league because he draws so [many] fans,” Capitals forward Jason Chimera said. “The passion he has for the game, I think it’s a no-brainer.”
I cannot help but agree, even if it’s not the ideal scenario. Ovechkin shouldn’t be mad if Phil Kessel ends up laughing at him if he goes last in this year’s fantasy draft, though.
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