If Wednesday night's win in Vancouver was any indication, Brady Tkachuk seems to be finding his groove already this year.
Tkachuk had a monster game against the Canucks, registering 4 points (2G, 2A) to earn the game's first star, and was a noticeable presence up and down the ice in the Senators' decisive 6-2 win.
"Stats don't really matter much in the pre-season but games like that can really boost your confidence before the season," said Tkachuk. "You take it with a grain of salt but the goal now is to replicate that in the regular season."
Video: OTT@VAN: Tkachuk nets his second of the night
But was there something else behind Tkachuk's best showing of the pre-season?
Prior to the second half of their back-to-back road series with Vancouver, Tkachuk and a few teammates had a serendipitous date with a legend. A group of 6 Senators, which also included Thomas Chabot and Colin White, found their way to Sir Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night where they were serenaded by one the top musical acts of all-time.
"It was the best concert I've ever been to…it was surreal," shared Tkachuk. "It was pretty cool to see an icon like that who's been such a big name for decades. We all really enjoyed the whole experience."
Hockey players have been known to be a little superstitious at times, so when asked if he might continue to integrate the Rocketman's music into his daily routine after his dominant performance this week, Tkachuk acknowledged that he was already way ahead of that.
"He's been a steady presence in my playlist since the summer," he boasted while flashing his vintage grin.
Tkachuk did suggest a few other ways that the Sens might be able to keep the good vibes going which include things like playing the singer's music more regularly in the locker room. He also added that he'd like to find a way to get the legendary pianist to make another trip back to Canadian Tire Centre in the future.
"It just happened to work out that he was in town in Vancouver when we were which we didn't know until we got there," Tkachuk said. "We just need to convince him to make a special appearance in Ottawa again."
Tkachuk and the Senators kick off the 2019-20 regular season next Wednesday in Toronto before a 4-game homestand at Canadian Tire starting with the team's home opener against the New York Rangers on Oct. 5th. For more details on those games and how to snatch up some tickets to them, click here.