From a team standpoint, Derek Stepan's two-goal performance Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets couldn't have come at a better time. He scored the game-winner and helped provide a big two points for a New York Rangers team that had been shut out in its previous two games.
From a more personal standpoint, the breakout game helped take some of the sting off a difficult week for Stepan's alma mater, the University of Wisconsin.
The first blow for the Badgers came March 22, when Wisconsin's men's basketball team was upset by Mississippi in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Despite being ranked fifth in the West Region, Wisconsin dropped a 57-46 decision to 12th-seeded Ole Miss after finishing second to Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference tournament.