There’s some really impressive top-end talent in this season’s crop of rookies and we’ve seen evidence of that over the course of the NHL’s opening day.
In a night littered with impressive performances, Vladimir Tarasenko’s first career NHL goal still stands out as one of the top highlights.
Tarasenko accepted a stretch pass and found himself well ahead of his fellow St. Louis Blues players and with a clear path to Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. He made the most of the opportunity and beat Howard to open up the scoring in what would become a 6-0 victory for St. Louis.
You can watch his goal below:
Tarasenko added a power-play goal just 29 seconds into the second period to give himself a very early lead in the NHL rookie goal scoring race.
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