Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven
WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked by David Steckel #39 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4