Dubinsky Describes His Game-Winning Move
Brandon Dubinsky's game-winner last night (see above, but turn the sound down) prompted a depressing debate among Caps fans: who was more to blame, Jeff Schultz or Jose Theodore. Schultz, you'll recall, saw the puck go through his legs and then fell to the ice, while Dubinsky earned NHL.com's Game Changer award for Wednesday's action after beating Theodore. I asked the 22-year old, who had 13 goals in 82 regular-season games, to describe his winning move.
"I got the puck, and I was gonna go wide there," Dubinsky said. "And I just kind of saw [Schultz] cutting over, so I tried to put it between his legs. It's one of those plays where it doesn't happen very often. And fortunately enough for me, I got pretty lucky and found a way to get through, and found a way to score."
"Because defensemen in this league are too good," Dubinsky said. "They don't get beat one-on-one, I mean, ever. So in order for them to get beat one-on-one, you've got to generally get a little bit of luck with the move you decide to make....It all happens quick. You generally decide to make a move and then you stick with it, and like I said, most of the time a move like that not's gonna happen. But once in a while you get fortunate enough, and that was one of those times. So it was good timing for it, I guess. "
As you'd expect, Dubinsky said he took no personal pride in turning in a highlight-reel goal, nor in seeing Schultz fall down in his wake. After today's Rangers practice at Verizon Center, Dubinsky said he hadn't even seen a replay of the goal yet.
"It's just about winning, it's about finding ways to win and get chances and capitalize on those chances at opportune times," he said.
"This is the NHL; you get beat one-on-one and allow the guy to have a breakaway, you can't hide from that," Bruce Boudreau said last night. "That's not an error in anything other than he didn't get the job done on that play."
Rangers blue-liner Marc Staal was trailing on the play, planning on looking for a rebound, so he got a pretty good look at Dubinsky's move and goal. I asked him about what happened to Schultz.
"It happens; it's happened to me a few times," Staal said. "Obviously we wanted to score, and if you have to do that to another d-man to score, I'm all for it. But you know what it's like as a defenseman when something like that happens. It's happened to all of us. As a d-man, I think it's probably the worst, getting beat one-on-one for a goal. Never a good feeling."
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