The San Jose Sharks’ pre-Olympic schedule is completed, so those that aren’t going to Sochi will get some time off to rejuvenate before the final push.
Defenseman Dan Boyle needs the breather more than most. He’s been playing through a thumb injury that he sustained on Jan. 29, according to CSN Bay Area’s source. That didn’t stop Boyle from logging at least 21 minutes in four of his last five contests.
Boyle playing at something less than 100% is becoming a running theme this season. He admitted in mid-January that he came back from a concussion too soon. When he first returned from the head injury, he was still having a lot of trouble sleeping and his appetite was gone.
The 37-year-old is expected to be okay to play by the time the Sharks resume their schedule on Feb. 27.
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