The Swedish bridge to the NHL apparently extends from Skelleftea.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced they’ve signed 2012 third-round pick forward Oskar Sundqvist to his three-year entry-level contract. The Pens had until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday to sign Sundqvist or they would’ve relinquished his rights.
Sundqvist, 20, has played for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League the past two seasons. In 65 games over that time, he had seven goals and 10 assists. The Predators and Sharks have each signed players this week who were teammates with Sundqvist in Sweden.
At 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds he has NHL size, but how he adjusts to the smaller rink in North America and the style of game here will be his next challenges.
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