“It’s tough when you go into a game like this and you want to win so bad, you might put more pressure than you need,” Lundqvist said. “When you’re out there you just try to focus on the things you always focus on. The challenge every time you play an important game is to find a good balance mentally. I’m just trying to approach it the same way.”
Lundqvist’s last two games haven’t been his best performances. He faced just 16 shots on goal on Wednesday – a new low for him in the 2012 playoffs – but still allowed four goals. All the same, Rangers coach John Tortorella thinks Lundqvist will “play his best game [Friday].”
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