By John Glennon
In a postseason battle that could rightfully be called the NHL’s NASCAR playoff series, maybe we should have expected the team with the fastest pit stop to emerge victorious in Game 4.
It’s in that light that Predators equipment manager Pete Rogers emerged as one of Sunday’s stars, one of the men responsible for bringing to an end about 195 minutes of madcap Music City playoff hockey over the weekend.
Late in the second overtime, with the Preds starting to appear as if they were clinging to hope on the strength of Juuse Saros’ fingernails, Nashville found itself with some rare offensive zone time.
The problem? Preds forward Luke Kunin had broken his stick, leaving Nashville a man short while trying to score. But just for a second or two.
Rogers immediately bolted from his spot behind the Preds bench, retreating into the tunnel to grab Kunin a new stick. So when Kunin came skating back looking for new lumber (okay, fiberglass), Rogers had it ready. Kunin grabbed it on the fly – no tire change needed -- and cruised into the offensive zone unmarked, as his brief exit had allowed him to lose his defender.
One slick pass into the slot from Mikael Granlund later, Kunin scored his . . .
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