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Boston: Torey Krug
The 22-year-old defenseman, in his first full season with the Bruins, scored a gigantic morale goal on Monday night to give Boston a 4-3 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins were on the verge of a 3-2 victory in regulation before Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby forced the extra time with 0.3 seconds remaining.
The late tally didn't foreshadow doom, however, as Krug explained to the Associated Press, via Sports Illustrated.
"It's tough," he said, "but we've got the guys and leadership where we're not going to get down."
Detroit: Henrik Zetterberg
The team's captain and its leading scorer, Zetterberg was also the mouthpiece advocating calm during the throes of the seven-game drought.
He claimed nerves were beginning to take their toll by the time the streak reached seven, telling mlive.com, according to Ansar Khan: "I think we’re more like robots out there now. We’re not being creative when we get our chances. We have to get back to playing the way we should. Go out and relax a bit and enjoy the moment. I think we’re not enjoying playing out there.”
The streak ended a game later against Carolina.