It might hurt a bit, but at least Colin Greening will have a good story to tell everybody tomorrow.
Sure, the Ottawa Senators’ forward scored the game-winning goal at 7:39 of double overtime to give his team a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal.
He was also displaying a nasty cut on his cheek following the game during a post-game interview with CBC.
It’s not uncommon for hockey players’ faces to get bruised and nicked up and this seems to intensify during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
But there was a unique explanation for why there was blood dripping from Greening’s face. The photo was taken by Alyson Lozoff of Sportsnet.
The doctors took the big pieces of fibreglass out of Colin Greening's cheek in the second period, and the small pieces after 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