It didn’t take Steve Downie long to find himself in the middle of a controversy.
If you missed it last night, the Colorado Avalanche forward delivered a powerful check to Roman Josi that knocked the Nashville Predators defenseman out of the game with an upper-body injury.
You can see that hit below:
Downie received two minutes for charging while Nashville’s Shea Weber ended up with a double minor for roughing.
“We’re trying to get all of that out of the game, launching yourself, especially the head shots,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said of Downie’s hit, according to NHL.com. “If you watch the film it’s pretty self-explanatory and the league will handle it correctly.
“There will be something to come out of it I think.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy thought the hit was clean and praised Downie for his leadership and composure.
The Avalanche don’t play again until Tuesday, so if the league decides to take any action, they won’t have to move swiftly.
Update: The NHL has reviewed the hit and has not scheduled a hearing, according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
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