“I felt like Jacques Plante 50 years ago. I can tell you right now that it did not feel good. You see Kovalev come around from behind the net and I did not have my helmet on. He shot the puck. It was pretty scary. Luckily, it hit my shoulder.”
– Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec on losing his mask in a collision then seconds later having Alex Kovalev shooting the puck at him Saturday night.