If nothing else, the New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur deserve credit for never giving up.
When the Los Angeles Kings took a 3-0 series lead, the Devils were faced with a daunting task. The last team — the only team — to ever overcome such a deficit in the Stanley Cup finals were the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.
However, rather than let the weight of the situation get him down, Brodeur just kept working, and two games later, the possibility of a comeback is looking a little less overwhelming.
“We could have packed it in two games ago,” Brodeur said. “But you see we have a bunch of resilient guys that want to try to make history and try to win the Stanley Cup.”
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