Todd Bertuzzi picked a fight with Shea Weber early in Friday’s game in response to Weber’s “dirty” hit against Henrik Zetterberg on Wednesday. After that it was all business. Detroit established a 2-0 lead in the first period and while Nashville was able to keep it interesting, they ultimately suffered a 3-2 defeat. Detroit has done exactly what they needed to do: get a win against Nashville at home so that they can return to Detroit with the series tied.
Let’s get the discussion started.
The Predators have never taken a 2-0 series lead
Bertuzzi was certainly fired up in the first period. His fight with Weber seemed to set the tone for Detroit early on, but he also made his presence known after he served his five minutes.
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