First, Victor was a PP specialist. Not harmful, but completely invisible, at even strength. It reflected in his line's performance at even strength, as they lagged behind their opponents in goal scoring for the first month or so.
Then he started to figure it out a bit - you saw the well-timed hip pivots that let him shield the puck in a way that, instead of giving in to the boards and losing it, any force would propel him in the direction of the puck, and he would push off of his opponents that way, knowing he can't overpower them. He started to get close to some goals, but nothing clicked.
Now, he's making plays like that. He's a no-BS top 6 NHLer right now, almost at a point per game, and is getting better every night. It's been a long time since we've drafted a player and grown them into something like this.
Sam quietly doing his thing.
I'm pretty sure we had all 21 possible combinations of defense pairings out there tonight, it was pretty wild, and seamless too. They were literally all excellent, with Risto leading the pack.
The game had a different feel early than it did late - it felt like no matter what Nashville was going to win, until it slowly felt like no matter what we are going to win. I credit the initial shift in our direction to Larsson, Kyle, and Zemgus. EXCELLENT shifts in the first and second set up goals on the following ones.
Eichel is ridiculous and we are very lucky to be watching this.
I pray to the hockey gods that we can stay healthy. We deserve to have some fun