Sidney Crosby got three points, the first being No. 1,000 on his career. Evgeni Malkin scored in the first minute, then spun Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba like a top before feeding Crosby for the winning goal in overtime. Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves, including a few game-savers in OT.
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of an amazing 64:38 of hockey. Kris Letang certainly did.
But there was no denying Letang’s incredible contribution.
Letang had three assists, playing 31:07 and skating every other shift on defense (and then some) after Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta left the game injured. It was an amazing, dominant performance.
Letang wasn’t even among the game’s three stars. The night was admittedly very competitive in that regard.
Letang’s performance was doubtless fueled by the new Letang #58 candy bar, made locally by Sarris Candies and available in two varieties: Crisped Rice/Pretzel and Peanut Butter.
In an exclusive post-game interview (gag), Letang told me that he personally suggested the Crisped Rice/Pretzel combination – “Salt and sweet, right?” – and that he loves chocolate.
How can you love chocolate but still be in phenomenal shape and play hockey so well? God cheated me. But it really is a great candy bar.