The Florida Panthers have dipped into their past to honor a franchise legend.
On Monday, Nov. 25, the club will officially unveil the Roger Neilson Memorial Press Box at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Neilson was the first-ever head coach in Panthers history and, in the club’s inaugural season, led the team to 33 wins and 83 points, finishing fourth in Jack Adams voting for NHL coach of the year.
Florida partnered with Roger’s House in making this announcement. Roger’s House is an eight-bed palliative care facility at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, created in part by the Ottawa Senators Foundation.
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