The Washington Capitals matched the Winnipeg Jets blow-for-blow on Tuesday and managed to come out ahead with a 5-4 shootout victory. Before that happened though, with the game tied midway through the third period, the Capitals coaches decided that top defenseman Mike Green’s night was over.
Green had already played a role in two Jets goals, including a neutral zone turnover that resulted in a shorthanded marker. You can see that below:
“I didn’t think Greenie was having his best night,” Washington coach Adam Oates told the Washington Post. “The other guys were going pretty good, it got late in the game and I think [assistant coach] Calle [Johansson] just went with [John Carlson] and [Steve Oleksy] for a couple shifts.”
Still, Oates tempered his criticisms of Green beyond that by calling this a “minor hiccup.” Green has a minus-six rating, which puts him in a tie for second worst on the team in that category. He also has five assists while averaging 24:33 minutes per contest.
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