With the regular season nearing its end, it was a perfect time for Colorado Avalanche veteran defenseman Erik Johnson to return to the lineup and soar.
Johnson picked up right where he left off in the Avalanche's 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center on Sunday after missing four weeks with an upper-body injury.
"I was nervous, but I am nervous before every game honestly and I think if you aren't nervous, you shouldn't be playing," said Johnson. "I had butterflies like I do every game, but getting those first couple of hits out of the way early definitely helped, and it was just kind of easy from there after I got a couple good looks in to settle down. I got my feet under me, and I was happy with the way I played for the first game back."