Things looked pretty grim for the Washington Capitals early on in their eventual 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. They pulled it out thanks in part to this odd Mike Ribeiro winner late in the third, though:
At first, it seemed like Alex Ovechkin was going to get robbed off at least a point. He expressed his bewilderment to the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno.
Ovechkin reaction on missing breakaway: “I thought like, ‘Jesus, like please. Just goes in somehow’ and it went in.” #Caps
That ends what was an ugly three-game losing streak for the Caps, but it wasn’t all good news. Carrera reports that depth defenseman Tomas Kundratek needs an MRI after suffering a lower-body injury during the game.
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