Monday, January 7, 2013
We were down interviewing some of the guys after the game, in particular McIntyre, with whom we wanted to talk about the lockout ending because he's one of the more veteran guys on the team.
I asked about the rampant penalties in the game and he immediately fell on the sword for that OT penalty, even though it looked entirely legit-but-accidental and not like the knucklehead stuff from most of the rest of the game, which is what I was really asking about.
He carried the blame for the loss on his shoulders (which is not remotely what we were looking for, but that's what good hockey guys do).
Then a moment later, Hackett walks by, pats McIntyre on the back, and says something to the effect of, "That was on me, man," taking blame for the OT goal.
I just wanted to share that, because in a night that had a pretty chaotic, last-day-of-school, devil may care vibe, and at a time where I think a lot of people are nervous about What Happens Next with the lockout ending and all these injuries, that was a grounding moment for me.
At the end of the day, you want a group of guys on the ice who have each others' backs, because a team like that is going to get the best out of each other.
So, players will come and go, injuries will thwart progress, and officials will have lousy nights, but it's valuable to be reminded here in the grind of mid-season that a team is about way more than what we see watching the game or combing through stats.
If you want to check the team's pulse, there it is.
Instigated by Ms. Conduct at 1:38 PM