Posted 3:10 PM ET | Comments 3
Last night at the Canucks-Stars game, I saw something that likely didn't show up on the TV coverage or in any post-game media write ups.
Late in the game (3rd or 4th OT): The players were all obviously exhausted and both teams were feeling the pressure. Willie Mitchell was clearing the front of the net on a Dallas rush. He gave Niklas Hagman a push off to the side of the net. Hagman fell and Mitchell, leaning on him, landed on him. The play turned back the other way but Mitchell took a second to get up, lean over to check that Hagman was OK, give him a slap on the shoulder and head off to join the play.
This to me is a perfect example of why NHL Hockey is the best pro sport in the world. Earlier in the game, this wouldn't have happened but through the long OT, these warriors feel each other's pain and gain (not lose) respect for each other.
Nice move, Willie. You're a class act.