What a run it was for the Columbus Blue Jackets – 12 consecutive games with at least a point.
Suddenly the Blue Jackets have gotten themselves back into the playoff hunt in the Western Conference. But the streak came to an end Saturday in a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.
The loss comes one day after the Blue Jackets extended their streak to 12 games with a point in a dominant 5-1 performance over the listless Calgary Flames.
Things didn’t quite go their way in Nashville.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who had the second best save percentage (.932) and the fifth best goals-against average (2.00) among NHL goalies before play began Saturday, was pulled from the Columbus net before the 11-minutes mark of the opening period.
He allowed four goals on 11 shots, before giving way to back-up Steve Mason.
Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune was given a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for a late hit on Columbus forward Artem Anisimov midway through the first period.
Anisimov returned to the game, scoring in the second period.
The Blue Jackets began a four-game road trip Saturday.
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The Rangers are getting ready for their second straight matinee game on Saturday, but head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t done addressing yesterday’s loss to the Bruins.
After Friday’s game, Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn’t pleased with Henrik Lundqvist‘s “acting” that led to a goalie interference penalty being called on forward Brad Marchand (above) and he let everyone know it in his postgame press conference.
On Saturday, it was Alain Vigneault’s turn to lash out.
“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said via the New York Daily News. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”
The Rangers will take on the Flyers at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Dubinsky to have hearing for cross-check on Crosby
As you can see in the above video, Dubinsky delivers a two-handed cross-check to Crosby’s neck, so the fact that he’s getting a hearing is no surprise.
“There’s no secret. I try to play him as hard as I can,” said Dubinsky. “That being said, I don’t try and do anything dirty. I felt like my stick ride up his back a little bit. He’s kind of bent over there in front. But again, that’s not the type of player I am. I’m going to play hard, but try and play fair and play in between the whistle.”
Crosby isn’t willing to give Dubinsky the benefit of the doubt.
#Pens Crosby on Dubinsky hit: I'm OK. I'm not surprised. If I was going to get one of those shots, it was going to be from him -SK