• He competed for Team Finland at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships, totaling nine points (2-7--9) in 13 tournament games. He also represented his country at the 2012 Under-18 World Championship, recording three points (2-1--3).
• Ristolainen has garnered attention on YouTube for his nifty shootout goal (more than 18,000 views) and a hit that sent Jokerit forward Tomi Maki into the bench (more than 17,000 views).
• He began playing hockey as a five-year-old, but did not make the move from forward to defense until he was 12.
• Ristolainen patterns his heavy shot and physical play after Predators captain Shea Weber, his childhood hockey idol. NEWS
NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins NHL player: Milan Lucic Shootout move: “Peter Forsberg move” Movie: Rocky TV show: Salatut Elamat Video game: NHL 12 Pump-up song: “International Love” by Pitbull Home-cooked meal: Lasagna Place to visit: New York City
I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.
— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round