After missing about a week with a shoulder injury, Boston Bruins agitator Brad Marchand will return to the lineup Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres, according to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.
The B’s lineup will be bolstered beyond that as Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille are also getting back into action after suffering from injuries. (Thornton, 35, been dealing wit a concussion and Paille, 28, was sidelined with eye issues.)
Getting Marchand back is the most significant development, though. The 24-year-old forward has five goals and one assist in eight games this season, with a modest two penalty minutes.
One other interesting alteration is that Anton Khudobin is making his second start of 2013, spelling workhorse No. 1 guy Tuukka Rask.
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