Paul Maurice, who's been perched behind NHL benches for parts of three decades, framed a few remarks from that perspective Thursday morning at PPG Paints Arena, this shortly after his Jets prepared to face the Penguins by nightfall. He praised Sidney Crosby as a "great ambassador for our game," casually comparing him to Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky "and all the other true greats" in that regard. And he cited them as if they were acquaintances.
So keep that as context for what follows.
"I've never seen anyone shoot the puck like this. Not anyone."