For the first time in the Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Islanders series, it looks like James Neal and Sidney Crosby will play in the same game.
Neal, who missed two games with a lower body injury, skated alongside Jarome Iginla and Evgeni Malkin during the team’s pregame warm-up, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
It looks like Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) is also probable and will be paired up with Paul Martin. Orpik hasn’t played yet in this series, but he was by far the team’s most prolific player when it came to blocked shots during the regular season with 114 in 46 contests.
Pittsburgh has a 2-1 series lead after earning a 5-4 overtime victory on Sunday.
Update: The Penguins have confirmed that Neal and Orpik will return tonight.
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