The laundry list of Game 7 disappointments run for the Caps, but a 2-0 shutout on home ice may top them all.
3. Jake Guentzel, Penguins — Guentzel assisted on Rust’s goal, him him 14 points to pass Jaromir Jagr (1991) for most in a playoff year by a Penguins rookie.
2. Bryan Rust, Penguins — Rust hadn’t scored all series, but got the Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys first goal of the game for his fifth of the playoffs. You’ll remember it was Rust who scored both Penguins goals when they edged the Lightning in Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference finals. He now has nine points (8 goals, 1 assist) in 12 career playoff elimination games.
1. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins — Fleury’s shutout was the first of this postseason and the ninth of his playoff career. It’s the 10th road shutout in NHL Game 7 history.
“I’m excited about leading this organization to the next level,” Botterill said after he was introduced as the franchise’s eighth general manager. “I truly understand from my time as a player here in Western New York — both in Rochester and Buffalo — how passionate and loyal the fans in this region are towards the game of hockey. I know that they deserve success.”
Owner Terry Pegula wanted a GM to help fix the Sabres’ structure and discipline issues — and Botterill seemed eager to do just that. For Botterill, that endeavor starts by hiring a coach who can command a locker room and mold the team’s younger players.
“The things I’m looking for (in a coach), with so many young players in our Cheap China Jerseys organization, a developer, an educator and a communicator,” Botterill said. “In today’s world, in today’s game, they Cheap Baseball Jerseys have to have that strong communication with the players.
“And finally, they need to have that presence in the locker room. The players have to understand the head coach is in control and leading the charge.”