The annual Patrick Kane intervention took an odd turn on Monday when 76-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung weighed in.
“You’ve just got to be careful that you don’t get into any trouble,” Hornung told the Chicago Tribune. “So many of these kids carry knives and guns and all that kind of stuff today that it is kind of frightening. Those kind of actions are just a complete no-no. You just can’t be in the wrong spot at the wrong time.”
While Kane seemingly lives for being in the wrong spots at the wrong times (most recently, the University of Wisconsin during Cinco de Mayo) he’s yet to reach the stage of weapons being brandished. Generally speaking, Kane party pictures are more “keg stands with some bros” than “jumped into a street gang.”
Hornung might’ve been a bit off the mark there, but the former Green Bay Packers star did make a salient point.
“You know as an athlete which places to stay out of. Lombardi put four or five places off limits,” said Hornung, who lives in Louisville, Ky. “The players know the places where they should and shouldn’t go.”
This is the issue a lot of Chicago media has with Kane. Why must all his partying be done so publicly, so brazenly?
“No one is saying he needs to turn into the Church Lady, but he doesn’t always have to be Mr. Party,” wrote Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times. “Not every outing has to be a public spectacle.”
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