The NHL plans to have a little chat with Eugene Melnyk after the Senators’ owner publicly commented about the lockout earlier this week.
“The league has a long-standing policy against club personnel speaking on collective bargaining matters,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to the Ottawa Citizen. “It’s a serious policy and one that is well-founded in purpose and rationale.”
On Wednesday, Melnyk told Sportsnet radio he was worried about the damage the lockout was doing and that “we should be playing hockey by now. Everybody knows it, and we’re not.”
It’s not clear if Melnyk will be fined. Daly said the league wants to “understand the circumstances and context” of the comments first.
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