Victor Hedman's superstitious nature is one of the focal points of the second episode of the sixth season of "Quest for the Stanley Cup," a seven-part all-access series.
The episode premieres Friday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in the United States and YouTube.com/NHL in Canada.
In this episode, it seems the Lightning defenseman is always looking for something positive, including the documentary's camera crew, which he calls "our good luck charm."
Hedman had teammate Kevin Shattenkirk buy him a coffee each game day during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which were played in secure quarantine bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton.
The Lightning ended up defeating the Dallas Stars to win the Cup for the first time since 2004.
The coffee ritual played a part in Hedman's mind, it seems. The few times Shattenkirk forgot to hold up his end of the bargain, the Lightning lost.
The 2021 postseason is being conducted in the cities of the teams involved, but Hedman remains a man of routines, from taking the same route to and from the rink, getting dressed the same way, and sitting in the same seat at the same restaurant they ate at before each road game against the Carolina Hurricanes during the Stanley Cup Second Round.
"'Stammer' (forward Steven Stamkos) was sitting in my seat," Hedman said. "I had to move him to the right, so I could have my seat back."
The Lightning defeated the Hurricanes 2-0 on Tuesday, winning the best-of-7 series in five games. They will play the New York Islanders, who defeated the Boston Bruins 6-2 on Wednesday to win that second-round series in six.
"If you want me to throw a whole bunch of clichés out there I can," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Take them all, ball them all up into one and that's the effort these guys gave. You need that if you want to advance because I'm going to tell you, those are two of the toughest rounds we've ever faced. It was a hell of a grind to get out of this division."
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Tampa Bay defeated the Florida Panthers in six games in the best-of-7 first round.
The documentary joins the eight teams that have advanced to the second round: the Lightning and Hurricanes in the Discover Central Division; the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights in the Honda West Division; the Bruins and Islanders in the MassMutual East Division; and the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets in the Scotia North Division.
In another vignette from the second episode, there is a peek into the life of Chris Nilan, the retired NHL forward who played for the Canadiens from 1979-88 and 1991-92. He won the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1986, has settled in Montreal and is a media presence, particularly through two radio shows, "Habs Lunch" and "Off the Cuff."
"Do I think the Habs can sweep?" Nilan said on a show entering Game 4 of the Canadiens' second-round series against Winnipeg. "The Jets have an opportunity to rebound right away because it's back-to-back games. It's very, very difficult to win four straight games against any team."
The Canadiens did just that, defeating the Jets 3-2 in overtime in Game 4 on Monday. They will play the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Semifinals.