Hey, remember a couple of weeks ago when Jonathan Quick was giving up all sorts of goals to the San Jose Sharks?
That was just one of the 16 — sixteen! — the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner allowed in the first three games of the Kings-Sharks series. And it was a perfect example of how you beat an aggressive goalie like Quick — use his aggressiveness against him.
In stark contrast to how he started the playoffs, Quick has only allowed seven goals in his last five starts, including just two in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 versus the Ducks on Saturday.
This was Anaheim’s first goal:
Notice anything about that? The Ducks seemed to.
From TSN’s Mark Masters:
Ducks' Devante Smith-Pelly on Jonathan Quick: "If we can use his aggressiveness against him we should be able to get a few by him"
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