The award – given annually to what the National Hockey League states to be the “player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” – is now down to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
Tavares is only 22 years of age, but had a strong regular season for the New York Islanders coming out of the lockout.
He scored 28 goals and had 47 points in 48 regular season games, helping the Islanders qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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