Looking back on last nights win against the New York Islanders, there was one defining moment for me. A "TSN Turning Point" if you will. It was the kind of moment that made me leap off my couch and yell gleefully at the TV, which doesn't happen all that often. It came in the second period during the midst of a penalty kill, as Bryan Little was sitting in the box for tripping. In a one goal game, one enemy ice and with a defense core on the limp this could prove to be a make or break point of the game. And then something wonderful happened.
If I'm going to talk about grit, I should also mention the work of Nik Antropov and Randy Jones, both who felt sore after blocked shots. Antropov returned to the game after blocking one off his arm, but Jones was unable to come back after blocking one with the inside of his foot. he TSNRadio1290 post game show indicated that X-Ray results were negative, so he might be good to go for the tilt against the Devils but we'll have to wait and see on that one.
Players needed to step up defensively and that is exactly what they did. this is something the Jets can really build off of as they go into the final 3 games of this road trip. Laying your self on the line just shows to your teammates that you're willing to sacrifice to get the W, and that's got to be inspiring to the other players. Sure you don't become an Ironman by continually doing this, but nobody likes Jay Bouwmeester anyways.