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Sidney Crosby‘s been lighting up goalies left and right with his shooting prowess lately. Honestly, it’s to the point where you forget that playmaking is still likely his greatest gift.
… And then, well, Thursday happens.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a bit of a track meet with the New Jersey Devils tonight, with Nick Bonino providing some great assisting magic of his own. As per usual, Crosby stole the show with an And1 Mixtape-worthy no-look helper to Conor Sheary.
Drop your jaw in awe of this gaudy display in the video above.
At least one person wonders if Crosby could have been so audacious in a different era:
Chances are, he would have found a different way to do something ridiculous.
The Boston Bruins have plenty of incentive to play hard through at least Thursday’s game. Still, seeding gains may seem less significant if Torey Krug misses playoff time.
Krug left tonight’s contest against the Ottawa Senators and won’t return because of a lower-body injury, the team confirms.
On one hand, there’s the concern that this could stretch out into the postseason. Of course, it’s also plausible that the Bruins are just being extra-careful and Krug’s issue could be minor. We’ll just need to wait and see.
It may tweak their recall moves a bit, although this tweak may also be coincidental.
If the Boston Bruins or Ottawa Senators find themselves grumbling about a lack of home-ice advantage (possibly in a series), Thursday’s losing team could very well point to this setback.
Sure, the stakes might be a touch higher for Ottawa since they still need to clinch a playoff spot, but really, the Atlantic Division could see a lot of shuffling below the top depending upon how this week plays out.
With that in mind, this could be quite the interesting game to watch. You can check it out on NBCSN, online and via the NBC Sports App.
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Speaking of the Senators, they’re getting Cody Ceci back tonight.
While the Washington Capitals guaranteed their spot as the top seed in the Metro/East/NHL, we also now know with certainty that the New York Rangers will take on the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
The Canadiens clinched the Atlantic Division while the Rangers are the first wild card.
The Rangers won the most recent series between the two teams, defeating Montreal 4-2 (with some controversy) in 2013-14. We’ll get to see Henrik Lundqvist vs. Carey Price, not to mention a revamped Rangers offense squaring off against a Habs team adjusting to life with new head coach Claude Julien.
For the second season in a row, the Washington Capitals are the winners of the Presidents’ Trophy.
They clinched as much after cruising to a 2-0 win against the New York Rangers, with a typical goal from Alex Ovechkin‘s “office” standing as the clincher. Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s sweet insurance tally really locked it down, and stood as a neat reminder of Washington’s multitude of offensive options.
As of this writing, the Capitals would host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. While most of the league’s playoff spots are being cemented, that final berth is still up for grabs. (Caps fans might spend their free time debating which team would make for the easiest opponent.)
Actually … Capitals fans might spend most of their time arguing with people who will make inevitable jokes about success in the regular season vs. disappointments in the playoffs. As you might guess, those insults started flying almost immediately.
Still, this is quite the accomplishment for Washington.
Neither the Rangers nor the Capitals played with full lineups, and aside from butt-check or two, it seemed like a fairly pedestrian affair.