It was one of a handful of pivotal moments in the first period of Friday’s Game 7.
With his team down two goals, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was awarded a penalty shot when his stick broke on a breakaway chance and it appeared at first as though Drew Doughty was the guilty party for a slash on Perry’s stick as he closed in. But Perry, when given his one-on-one chance, couldn’t beat L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who threw out the poke check.
Now, there was some debate as to whether this should’ve been called a penalty shot at all.
Yes, Perry’s stick broke, but did it happen because of the Doughty slash, or because of something else. The clip below shows Perry blocked a shot at the Anaheim blue line and a screen grab circulating Twitter right now shows the puck actually hit off the top part of the stick before Perry got his breakaway.
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