Hockey Hall-of-Famer Goyette praises Point’s work ethic, ‘will to be one of the best’

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He’s scored a pair of sudden-death goals, including the top-shelf snipe that finally ended a quintuple-overtime marathon against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round. Monday’s power-play snipe sparked a run of three tallies in a span of 3:53 … and it turns out his squad needed all of ’em to stave off the Stars and tie up the series.

If you’ve been tuned in to the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, you’ve heard broadcasters and analysts rave constantly about Point’s speed and agility.

It’s no secret that he has logged a lot of hours with Toronto-based Barb Underhill, a former figure skater who has served as a consultant for the Bolts and other NHL organizations, to improve his edge-work and refine his stride.

Goyette, during that two-week stretch, offered her two cents.

Sep 21, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) skates past Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (2) during the second period in game two of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-430669
Tampa Bay Lightning centre Brayden Point skates past Dallas Stars defenceman Jamie Oleksiak during the second period in Game 2 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place. Photo by Sergei Belski /USA TODAY Sports

And Point, himself, deserves a heap of the credit.

The 54-year-old Goyette, whose hardware collection includes a pair of Olympic gold medals and eight more from the world championships, was adamant about that.

“What I love about him and watching him is his will to be one of the best players,” said Goyette, who ranks third on the all-time scoring list for the women’s national team, with 114 goals and 219 points in international action, and was an assistant coach for a golden group at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. “Sometimes, they dream to be in the NHL and once they are there, it’s like, ‘OK, I made it. I can stay here.’ For him, his will to want to be one of the best, that’s what makes me like watching him. His work ethic is so good, and that is fun to watch.”