It felt fairly large to the Carolina Hurricanes, that should probably be wondering: Where's their Barclay Goodrow currently they really need one?
Not the true Goodrow, even though they could have had him if they wanted him. He was a non-roster invitee for their 2011 summer camp so too, that July, was Torey Krug -- making him one of a couple of NHLers to have seen the inside of the Polar Ice House.
That type of thing happens all of the time. The Hurricanes were one of four groups to maneuver on the undrafted Goodrow before the San Jose Sharks finally signed him as a free agent. If anything, Krug was actually the person who got away.
But in 18 games against the Hurricanes, Goodrow has scored against the Hurricanes at about four times the rate he's against everybody else in his NHL career, and just as David Clarkson did in the 2009 playoffs, yet another non-roster temporary Hurricane who scored two postseason objectives against the Hurricanes, Goodrow is coming back to haunt them.
Like Clarkson then and Goodrow today, the Hurricanes need, and have desired, someone aside from their celebrities to chip in with a few offense after falling behind 1-0 in their second-round series to the Tampa Bay Lightning when Goodrow captured Alex Nedeljkovic moving with a tight-angle shot in Sunday's third period.
Goodrow assisted the Lightning win a Stanley Cup final autumn, and while he is thought of as a grinder Lightning coach Jon Cooper called him a Jeep on a team filled with Ferraris -- he has"some undercover skill," because teammate Ryan McDonough set it.
"He usually does not get his accolades from game-winning objectives," Cooper stated. "He is normally the guy stopping game-tying goals from happening. You're really happy for guys that are true team-first gamers to acquire the chance to bask in a little of the limelight, which he deserves."
Before, that has typically been Brock McGinn for the Hurricanes, scorer of a Game 7 winner of his own, and he has delivered this postseason with three goals and an assist, actually making a promotion to the Hurricanes' top line at one point.
But McGinn can't stop there, and he certainly can't do it independently.