ST. PAUL, Minn. Matt Cullen was just trying to keep the puck in the Minnesota Wild's possession while lying on his stomach behind the Chicago Blackhawks net in overtime on Sunday.
Cullen, one of Minnesota's few playoff-savvy veterans, poked the puck out to forward Jason Zucker, the high-energy, speedy forward playing in just his third NHL postseason game. Zucker, who has brought his shoot-first mentality to the Wild in his young career, thought only one thing: put the puck on net.
Cullen, watching from his stomach, didn't expect a shot. But Zucker, 21, has been anything but timid in his first NHL playoff series.
"That play there, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have even shot that," Cullen said. "But he's got that nose for the net. He easily could have won that first game, he hit the bar in overtime and it could be an awfully different series. He's a goal scorer and it's nice to have that."
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