If you enjoy chirping NHL general managers, booing Gary Bettman, and/or watching crusty newspaper reporters skulk around looking for inside information in clothes that haven’t been stylish for at least a decade, you’ll want to be in Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center June 22 and 23 for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2012 draft should be an interesting one. Russian forward Nail Yakupov is the consensus top prospect, but the Edmonton Oilers, who own the first overall pick, may well choose to trade down and address their defense instead.
Big-name players like Rick Nash and Roberto Luongo could also be dealt in Pittsburgh.
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