Jonathan Quick was spectacular Tuesday night for the L.A. Kings.
The 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner made 40 saves and was the main reason why the Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, were even in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarter-final against the St. Louis Blues.
But if there is one moment he would like back, it’s this one at 13:26 of overtime, when he coughed up the puck behind his own net and Alexander Steen stole it and scored the winner. The Blues, the better team for most of the game, prevailed with a 2-1 overtime win and a 1-0 series lead.
“It’s exactly what it looked like,” Quick told reporters in St. Louis. “I tried to make a pass. He blocked it and scored. I don’t have an option to the left; you try to make him make a decision. And he got the stick on it.”
Here is the winning goal.
Quick; "I tried to make a pass. He blocked it and scored."
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