The Columbus Blue Jackets had scored two shorthanded goals against Pittsburgh in the first round going into tonight’s contest. Craig Adams even things out early in Game 4 with the Penguins’ second shorthanded marker of the series:
That was the first of three goals Pittsburgh scored within the span of five minutes. That includes goals from Chris Kunitz and James Neal that came just 33 seconds apart.
The question now is if they can hold onto their lead, which is something they’ve had some difficulty doing in this series.
As it is, Columbus was allowed to enter the first intermission on an upbeat note after Boone Jenner scored a power-play goal. That reduced the Penguins lead to 3-1 and in each of the first three games, the team that claimed a 3-1 edge went on to lose the contest.
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