ST. PAUL, Minn. Pierre-Marc Bouchard skated in on goaltender Niklas Backstrom to start off a shootout at the end of the Minnesota Wild's scrimmage on Monday night, showing off the nifty stick work and hands that have allowed him to be a shootout star in his career.
He deked Backstrom, switching from his backhand to his forehand, and slid the puck past Minnesota's starting goaltender into the net. He turned back to his bench, a combination of players from the Wild and their AHL minor-league team the Houston Aeros with a big smile on his face.
Bouchard and his team have been waiting for such a moment for over a year. Only Bouchard doesn't seem like he's missed over a year with concussion symptoms.
"Not at all," said forward Cal Clutterbuck, who's been skating on the third line with Bouchard and Kyle Brodziak. "He's probably the fastest guy out there. He's got the quickest hands. He's got great vision. He's really eager to get back...