Rested Foucault does damage

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:53 PM ET

Kris Foucault had to be wondering if he should have paid for a ticket to last night's game.

The Calgary Hitmen winger spent more than a period watching from the best -- or worst, depending on how you look at it -- seat in the house.

Foucault spent 21 minutes in the penalty box, 17 of those as a result of a second-period scrap, yet still managed to score the game-winning goal in the shootout.

"I'm not used to spending that much time in the penalty box," said Foucault, who only had a dozen PIMs in 22 games with the Hitmen last season.

"When I got out Mike (Williamson, head coach) asked me if I got 20 to life.

"Coming out in the third period, I think that's the most rested I've been."

Foucault certainly had fresh legs in the shootout and made no mistake, burying a beautiful deke behind Medicine Hat Tigers starter Tyler Bunz for the 3-2 victory.

"That's definitely my No. 1 move," he said. "I've done that move a couple of times.

"Shootouts are my favourite time of the day."

The Minnesota Wild prospect makes most of his noise on the scoreboard, but last spring's Eastern Conference final MVP can use those hands for more than scoring.

Foucault came to the defence of linemate Brandon Kozun and landed some big right hands in his bout with Tigers forward Kale Kessy.

"Kozy had his back turned and was in a vulnerable position, and took a bad hit," Foucault said.

"Kelly (Kisio, GM) has been getting on the team for standing up for our players.

"I thought that was a good time to step up."

The shootout goal gave his team the win, but won't count as a personal stat.

He had his four-game points streak snapped.


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