One of the things that stood out to me in the first game was the quick chemistry between linemates Michal Handzus and Ladislav Nagy. Obviously their history together plays a big part in that, and I asked Handzus if it felt as easy on the ice as it looked on television.
“I think we’ve still got a long way to go,” Handzus said. “We’ve played together a lot so obviously we know each other well on the ice. There is an understanding. I know what he’s doing and he knows what I’m doing. I know what he likes to do and where he likes to go, and it’s the same for him with me. Sometimes I don’t even have to look at him. I just know what’s going to happen.”
There is, of course, the matter of finding a second winger. Alexander Frolov and Patrick O’Sullivan have filled that role early, but Handzus said he isn’t tied to playing with any particular winger.
“It’s just been a short time right now, so we’ll see how it goes,” Handzus said. “If we click with somebody and start scoring goals, we will stay together.”
As for Handzus’ mystery injury in Europe, it was a groin strain. He said he’s fine now.