And while the players pointed to coach Mike Sullivan's steady leadership and Crosby's consistent excellence as the fulcrum around which the rest of the organization swung, there may have been another accomplice: the league's COVID-19 protocols. The policies put in place to protect the players during the pandemic created a bubble of sorts when teams went on the road. A bubble that prevented them from peeling off into small groups to go out to dinner or coffee.
I feel good,” Matheson said. It’s weird putting that cage back on. I haven’t worn it since college.
And I know Jeff was sad about it even though he’s going to a team that wants him and has a good chance to win. But I know he’s excited about the team. The feeling is mutual for the Penguins, who will face the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.