One of the heroes from the Flames’ last Stanley Cup appearance is headed back to Calgary.
Martin Gelinas — nicknamed “The Eliminator” for scoring three series-clinching goals in 2004 — has been officially announced as Calgary’s assistant coach, set to join goalie coach Clint Malarchuk, associate coach Jacques Cloutier and head coach Bob Hartley behind the Flames bench next season.
“We are excited to add Marty to our coaching staff,” Hartley told the CalgaryFlames.com. “As a player, he was known for his incredible fitness and conditioning as well as an unparalleled work ethic. We know that he will bring the same enthusiasm and commitment as a coach combined with his experience from his former position in player development with Nashville.”
Gelinas was hired by the Preds in 2009-10 and quickly became a vital cog within the organization, monitoring and reporting the development of Nashville’s prospects. According to The Tennessean, Gelinas was instrumental in mentoring 2010 first round pick Austin Watson, who was recently named to the All Star team at the 2012 Memorial Cup as a member of the London Knights.
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