Fed up and prepared to play like it, the Penguins took their pent-up frustration from a nightmare trip to Nashville and channeled it into a wire-to-wire drubbing of the Predators in their return to Pittsburgh.
Perhaps no one had more to play for than Crosby.
The play that stands out above all others as quintessential Hossa took place on Oct. 24, 2008 against his old team, Atlanta. Like many times before, Hossa, then a Detroit Red Wing, read a play at center-ice, and this time saw Thrashers’ defenseman Zach Bogosian confronted by Tomas Holmstrom. The Red Wings forward eventually got a piece of the puck and gently nudged it to Hossa, who was taking off at full speed down the ice. Rather than just continuing at that pace and trying to go short side on goalie Kari Lehtonen, the left-handed winger went for the spectacular. He saw Mathieu Schneider as the lone defenseman, scooted past the 39-year-old with a quick little forehand-to-backhand toe drag that forced Lehtonen off his line. Instead of impatiently trying to backhand it past a sprawling Lehtonen, Hossa realized the time he had, brought the puck back onto his forehand, and gave it a quick little tap-in to the net.
Mason has already been typecast in the role as the well-traveled veteran who can instill his knowledge of the position upon the younger Hellebuyck. In reality, it could be much like the picture Mason painted, of two guys battling for minutes and, Maurice utlimately going with whomever is playing better at the time.
But the bottom line is, for as many goals as Laine will score, and for as many points as Scheifele and Wheeler will contribute, the Jets can only go as far as their goaltending will allow Jerseys For Cheap them. Last season, the Calgary Flames posted the lowest team 5v5 save-percentage of any of the Grade Cheap Jerseys 16 playoff qualifiers at .921 (and their goaltending was certainly viewed as a weakness).