Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals had an exciting finish, but most regarded it as a slow, sloppy, feeling-out process kind of game. The talk out of both locker rooms this morning centered around doing things a lot better.
“I don’t think any of us can say that we played a good game,” said Kovalchuk, who managed just one shot in an invisible performance in his first Stanley Cup Final game. “Me personally, I can be much better and I know it. I need to go out and prove it, and show that tonight.”
Kovalchuk going missing in action in Game 1 was a contributing factor as to why the Devils lost, but Kings captain Dustin Brown says his team’s effort needs to be better as well.
“We’ve been successful in Game 1 in each of the playoffs and we’ve come back even hungrier in Game 2 in each of those series. The game will be a much cleaner game in terms of competing better. The ice will be better and people will execute plays better.”
With how both teams are talking, we could be in store for an instant classic match-up tonight.
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