A rather big story is quietly developing in Anaheim, where rookie Frederik Andersen has emerged as the favorite to start in goal for the Ducks when they kick off their first-round series Wednesday versus Dallas.
Andersen is 20-5-0 with a .923 save percentage, excellent numbers to be sure. But if Bruce Boudreau does decide to give the 24-year-old Dane the nod, the decision will be more about veteran Jonas Hiller’s late-season struggles.
Rookie John Gibson is another option for the coach.
“We’re in position with three good goalies,” Boudreau said, per the L.A. Times. “I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.”
Maybe not, but the Ducks have high hopes after earning the top seed in the West, and Andersen only has 24 career NHL starts to his name.
“It’s my first time being part of the NHL playoffs, now the fun starts,” Andersen said. “I feel good, and if I’m called upon, I’ll feel comfortable going in.”
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