Lundqvist was perfect through 47 minutes against the Buffalo Sabres when Cody Hodgson rushed towards him on a breakaway. At the time, the Rangers only had a 1-0 lead on the strength of Rick Nash’s first period goal.
The Rangers goaltender managed to knock Hodgson off balance as he charged the goal, which both disrupted Hodgson’s attempted shot and led to the Sabres forward tripping Nash. Brad Richards buried the insurance goal during the subsequent power play en route to a 3-1 victory for New York.
You can view that play below:
Lundqvist described it as a perfect scenario for a goaltender while Rangers coach Alain Vigneault called him “an elite goaltender who comes up big at the right time,” according to Newsday.
The Rangers have to hope that the 31-year-old goaltender has many years worth of games like that one left in his tank.
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