Mika Zibanejad’s time in the minors has come to a close — for now.
Zibanejad, Ottawa’s first-round pick (sixth overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled from AHL Binghamton after a successful stint with the B-Sens that saw him score two goals and seven points in six games.
The 20-year-old was a surprise final cut from the Sens roster following training camp, especially after playing well during the 2013 season, his first full NHL campaign.
Zibanejad finished fourth on the team in scoring (20 points in 42 games) — as a 19-year-old — then proceeded to score four points in 10 playoff games while averaging over 13 minutes a night.
A 6-foot-2, 211-pounder with skill, Zibanejad returns to the Sens at a crucial time. The club is facing an extremely difficult stretch of the the schedule — on Wednesday, the Sens play in Detroit, followed by home games against Anaheim and San Jose.
After that, it’s out to Chicago for a date at the United Center against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
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