NEW YORK, NY – MAY 14: Henrik Lundqvist #30 celebrates their 3 to 0 win over the New Jersey Devils with teammate Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.
(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)
It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.
He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
First, the Kronwalling:
Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:
It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.
Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.
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.
Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.
More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.
In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.
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:
Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.
While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.
The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?