Justin Schultz had played in 411 other games just like Saturday's. But this one, he admitted, was a little different. On the commute to PPG Paints Arena, the 28-year-old said he felt something he hadn't felt since his first NHL game some seven years ago.
In some ways, it kind of was.
"It was exciting, nerve-wracking," Schultz was saying. "Don't remember being that nervous before a regular-season game."