A teammate in need is a teammate indeed.
That was the case with Ryan Getzlaf helping out defenceman Jeff Schultz during Calgary's 3-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings last night.
During a first-period penalty kill, with Andrew Ladd in the sin bin, a Ryan Stone two-hander shattered Schultz's stick. So Getzlaf willingly handed his lumber to the 6-ft. 7-in. Schultz.
The only problem: The 6-ft. 4-in. Getzlaf shoots right and Schultz is a lefty.
"I had to bend down a little bit more and hold my hands a little closer together," said Schultz with a laugh. "It's better than no stick. I'll take any stick at that time."
Nevertheless, Schultz managed to get the puck out of the zone shortly after grabbing Getzlaf's stick but the Wheaties brought it back into the Hitmen end.
They got a shot on goal and Hitmen 'tender Justin Pogge was able to hold on for a whistle.
It's all part of the Hitmen's league-leading penalty kill during the playoffs.
They've given up just three goals on 41 chances.
Last night, the Wheaties, who boasted the best powerplay over the season, capitalized on just one man-advantage opportunity.
Jakub Sindel's goal from the point is one Pogge would love to have back.
Schultz said the Hitmen penalty killers are grooving.
"We got on a roll in the first series against Lethbridge and we're try to carry it over," said Schultz.
"We're trying to get as much pressure on them as we can and take away their time and space.
"With their top powerplay line, they get that puck moving really quickly and that makes it tough sometimes."
The Wheat Kings powerplay was 1-for-6 last night.