Let’s just say that Columbus head coach Todd Richards wasn’t happy with the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina winner, looked just average in Game 1 and finished with a pedestrian .875 save percentage after making 28 stops on 32 shots — but there was one save in particular Bobrovsky didn’t make that drew Richards’ ire:
#CBJ Richards on Bobrovsky allowing Sutter’s goal: ““I’ve seen him make that save 1000 times. A thousand times. It’s one that got by him.”
If the Jackets are going to win this series — which would require them to win a playoff game for the first time in franchise history — Bobrovsky will need to perform better than he did on Wednesday and will likely have to out-duel Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens goalie won the head-to-head battle in Game 1, stopping 31 of 34 Columbus shots while shutting the Blue Jackets out over the final 39 minutes of play.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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