Some key quotes from Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen at today’s end-of-season presser:
On the identity the team has established: “I think the Blue Jackets are well known around the league for the identity that we have, which is hard working, hard to play against, never quit, blue-collar team.”
On the room for growth: “We have the youngest team in the league, and everybody can get better. I’m so excited about the potential that we have there. … We don’t have any guys that are over the hill.”
On Ryan Johansen: “I get goose-bumps thinking about where this guy could go with his career.”
On the closeness of the team: “It’s a great group of guys. It’s really a special group of guys. … We can take this to the next level. I’m convinced about that.”
On potential for moves this summer: “I think we have to be careful. We want to keep the good chemistry.”
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