Sergei Bobrovsky wasn’t able to get the Blue Jackets to the playoffs this season and now it’s time for a break.
Slava Malamud of Sport-Express reports Bobrovsky won’t be heading to Sweden and Finland to play in the World Championships. Instead, it’ll be Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov headed out there to try and win gold for the Russians once again.
Bobrovsky, as you know by now, helped Columbus to within a point of making the playoffs this year. It was the closest the Blue Jackets came to the playoffs since they made it back in 2008 and it was virtually all thanks to his play.
That kind of skill would’ve been helpful for Russia at Worlds, but Varlamov helped lead the way for them last year and things turned out all right there.
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