The tweet seems to have put McDonald in some hot water — “Some bitter caps fans out there? Thought you would want to see your player showcase his skill at ASG,” he tweeted — and it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any additional backlash. Being criticized publicly is one thing, but being publicly criticized by a peer (and fellow NHLPA member) is an entirely different ball of wax.
We saw something similar during the 2011 NFL playoffs when Chicago QB Jay Cutler left the NFC Championship with a knee injury and several of his peers — Lance Moore, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darnell Dockett most notably — openly derided him on Twitter. That incident drew the ire of Bears GM Jerry Angelo, who said he was “very disappointed” by the abuse Culter took and called the Twitter onslaught “dirty pool.”
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