Marcinko, 25, injured his leg — torn ligaments, according to IIHF.com — in the second period of Wednesday’s 7-1 loss and is now in danger of missing the remainder of the season. He currently plays for HC Kosice of the Slovak Extraliga, but had spent four years in the Islanders organization after being taken in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, spending all of his time with AHL Bridgeport.
The loss will hurt Slovakia on a number of fronts. Marcinko was a center and played nearly 10 minutes prior to getting hurt, suggesting he was part of the regular rotation. What’s more, Slovakia is unable to name a replacement player as the Olympic rosters were locked in at the start of the tournament.
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