The amiable 18-year-old Swiss center, who the Devils count on to help turn the franchise’s fortunes around after five straight seasons out of the playoffs, already has had a sandwich named after him at a local deli, stepped out onto the field at iconic Yankee Stadium, toured Manhattan and made a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.
After touching down in New Jersey, Hischier spent Saturday touring the Prudential Center, dining in trendy Hoboken and attending a Red Bulls’ soccer match in nearby Harrison.
On Sunday, Hischier met with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman, who is a big-time Devils fan, and had a video board welcome at Yankee Stadium. He dined with the Devils’ all-time leading scorer, Patrick Elias, at the popular Cookshop restaurant, not far from Madison Square Garden, where Hischier soon will begin his rivalry with the hometown Rangers. A tour of NBC studios, including a photo op by the main stage Cheap College Basketball Jerseys where Cheap Basketball Jerseys Saturday Night Live broadcasts, followed, as did an interview with NBC’s Sports Final program.
After the game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he hadn’t thought about who will get the start.
“I haven’t even given any consideration to that at this point,” he told reporters. “We give up four goals as quickly as we did, sometimes when you make a change, it’s for more than one reason. … It’s a little bit of a wake-up call, I guess, for the whole group.”
Sullivan is right. The Penguins were sloppy on both ends of the ice.
“We played like [expletive],” Matt Cullen told reporters, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “No excuses. That’s the bottom line. We didn’t battle. We didn’t work as hard as we needed to. It’s the conference finals. To have that kind of effort is pretty tough to stomach.”
Cullen, naturally, wouldn’t throw Fleury under the bus.