On the shaft of each, his usual No. 11 had been changed to a discreet 1,000. The same number 1,000 was also printed on the back of each blade.
He was going to use 11 of them, one for each shift, though the math didn’t quite work out because he played 19 shifts.
Now they’ll go to family and friends. Unfortunately, none of them will come with a goal attached. In his 1,000th game, Alfredsson could only manage an assist.
But he’ll take the 5-2 victory over the Panthers. It’ll be just as nice to look back at the record book one day and see that there’s a W next to his 1,000th.