No, that wasn’t an emergency skate problem or an ingrown toenail that had Brandon Dubinsky sitting out a couple of shifts in the first period tonight against the Islanders.
That was a second-year center drawing his coach’s ire for a couple of sloppy penalties, and forced to enjoy the view as a result. Dubinsky said Tom Renney never explicitly told him why Blair Betts was suddenly in his spot between Aaron Voros and Petr Prucha for those shifts. But it wasn’t much of a mystery either, and Renney admitted there was a definite message being sent.
â€œI just wanted to make sure that Dubi understands thereâ€™s a way we have to play and at the end of he day, the guy behind the bench is a boss. He knows that. Heâ€™s a good kid. Heâ€™ll learn.â€
To the player’s credit, he owned up immediately to a lackluster effort.
“He’s just doing his job,â€ Dubinsky said. â€œI was awful. I didn’t come ready to play, at least not for the first period. I just wasn’t working hard.”
On the other end of the spectrum was Chris Drury scoring his first two goals of the season, the first in less-than-resounding fashion, the second more impressive.
“It’s not easy to score goals in this league,” Drury said. “So I’ll take them off my knee, my head. I’ll take them anywhere. And every guy in this room would say the same thing.”