Pascal Dupuis knows this isn't supposed to be happening. Guys who have spent more than a decade in the NHL aren't supposed to be reinventing themselves.
Not at 32. Not when playing on the same team as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Yet here Dupuis is anyway, in the midst of a career year and a hot streak normally reserved for his high-profile teammates.
The veteran forward already has set career highs in goals (23) and points (50) with two weeks remaining in the regular season and his 10-game point streak - which he extended with a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over New Jersey on Sunday - is the longest active streak in the NHL.
Even better? Pittsburgh is 20-1-1 this season when Dupuis scores heading into Tuesday night's game against the New York Islanders. Heady territory for a player known mostly for his heavy slapshot and persistent forechecking.
The affable Canadian doesn't think there's any secret to his sudden surge. Yes, he's shooting more than ever, but that's just ...