NHL News: Pierre-Luc Dubois benched, Tyler Toffoli red hot for Canadiens, and more

The drama in Columbus is growing.

Last night in the Blue Jackets (1-2-2) 3-2 OT loss to the Lightning (3-0), Pierre-Luc Dubois was benched and played just 3:55 in the first period. After Brayden Point’s OT winner, Jackets coach John Tortorella offered this up about playing time.

“I’ve told you many times, I really don’t make decisions as far as minutes, it’s up to the player to show me,” the fiery coach said. “And if there’s one thing I’m pretty easy to read on is the minutes. You’re going to get out there, if you play and if you play the proper way you’re going to get back out there. The onus is on the player and all players, not just the player we’re talking about here that sat. It’s all the players, and I’m not a hard guy to read as far as that’s concerned.”

This could be coming to some sort of a head soon.


NHL News: Tyler Toffoli is red hot and the rest of the action from last night

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Toffoli is red hot for the Habs (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tyler Toffoli has 5 goals in his last two games and 7 points on the season. He led the charge as the Canadiens (3-0-2) took out the Canucks (2-4) 6-2. “Whenever anybody’s scoring, everyone’s so excited for whoever that is,” the consummate good teammate said. “It keeps the emotions high.”

The Bruins (2-1-1) rallied in the third period by scoring 4 goals and edged the Flyers (3-1-1) in a shootout 5-4. Semyon Varlamov keeps his hot goaltending going as the Islanders (3-1) beat the Devils (2-1-1) 4-1.

Also on the night, the Jets (3-1) handed the Senators (1-2-1) another loss and the L.A. Kings (1-1-2) earned their first win of the season against Stanley Cup contender, Avalanche (2-2).

Marian Gaborik chimes in

If there is one player that knows John Tortorella’s ire well, it is Marian Gaborik. He and Torts had a rocky relationship that led to his eventual departure from the New York Rangers.

Last night, Gaborik commented on a tweet about Dubois’ benching.

“Been there done that.”