Game 5 represented extreme emotional swings for Philadelphia Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr. Before the contest, he was seen razzing fellow aging future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur for turning 40, sporting a huge smile the whole time. After the 3-1 loss that knocked Philly out in five games, he told reporters such as Frank Seravalli that he basically wanted to cry.
“This was the most enjoyable year I’ve ever had,” Jagr said. “It’s a sad day for me. I want to cry right now.”
Jagr’s joy during the 2011-12 season and playoffs has been as obvious as all-world skills were in his prime. He raved about playing in Philly, lavishing praise on Claude Giroux and even compared to Sean Couturier to Ron Francis.
He didn’t tip his hand about coming back next season – to Philly or otherwise – but if this ends up being his last season, he certainly stopped and smelled the roses. It just didn’t end as he (and the Flyers) hoped.
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