“You know, I tried so hard to compete in this game today. I know I was on the ice for the only goal of the game, but none of it was my fault; I belong here” Jack Hughes was heard saying to reporters after the game.
In the first period of the game the Flyers lost their captain and franchise centre Jonathan Toews because of an unforeseeable sequence of events. “It was a really crazy thing to witness in your debut in the league. All game I was trying to get a hit to make Commissioner Barry proud, but felt like I kept bouncing right off of guys every time I attempted to make contact. Seriously. I had no idea how strong guys were at this level. Mark my words though, I will have a positive number of hits before this season ends. I’m thinking double digit hits are achievable, like an aggressive Phil Kessel.”
“Anyways, there was a time in the first period, when there was about 1 or 2 minutes left and Toews was skating towards the bench for a shift change. Brent Burns - that guy is a monster when you see him up close - was skating through the neutral zone when he turned the puck over because of Mathieu Perrault’s poke check, and the puck went right onto my stick. I tried to use my Andy Welinski-like speed to create a scoring chance for our team, when Burns charged me like Tom Wilson on Lubomir Visnovsky, launching me like a cannonball towards the Flyers’ bench. Toews was just lifting his leg up over the boards to get off the ice and I hammered into him like Arron Asham’s fist into Jay Beagle’s chin. Boom. Toews fell to the ice awkwardly, pulling his hamstring. As for me, because of my Sean Kuraly-like durability, I was able to stay in the game. Having my bell rung like that kept me out of the game, and is probably why I turned the puck over to Colin Blackwell, who took it up ice to Foligno for a Marchessault one-timer as the game’s only goal.”
“Oh well, it’s just one game. I’m going to get paid either way, and I don’t have to stress about my roster spot. If my team struggles it’s not my fault, because I’m the most prolific scoring talent on this team, and they need to start singing a different tune. I’m thinking something out of Calgary. We play the Capitals on Sunday, and I can't wait to get lit up by Ryan O'Reilley and Auston Matthews.”