St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka is typically not a goal scorer. The fact that he found the back of the net 22 times over 295 career NHL games going into Saturday’s contest is evidence of that.
Sometimes though, a guy like Sobotka will rise to the occasion and dramatically change the course of a game.
Sobotka accounted for all three of St. Louis’ goals through 60 minutes — two more than he had ever previously scored in a single game. With the San Jose Sharks up 3-1 early in the third period, Sobotka found the back of the net twice in the span of just 80 seconds.
If you want to view Sobotka’s hat trick, you can do so below:
Those goals drove Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi out of the game. Alex Stalock replaced him and helped the Sharks hold on long enough to get a point. However, Patrik Berglund netted the overtime winner to complete the Blues 4-3 victory.
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