Hossa went without a point in two full games to start the series and didn’t register one through about three minutes of ice time in Game 3, when Raffi Torres landed that controversial check. Obviously Hossa wasn’t on fire to start things off, but considering the fact that the first five contests went to overtime, having one of their best snipers might have made the difference.
(Of course, much more could have been different anyway, but let’s mosey around that discussion instead.)
The Blackhawks will look back with plenty of questions, yet the future is the most important concern. Hossa’s health remains a relevant factor, and according to Quenneville, the talented winger is very early on in the road to recovery. Jahns reports that Hossa “wasn’t doing very well at all” but today was the first day he was able to leave his house.
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