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If Loyola was going to experience a quick departure in the NCAA tournament, it was going to do it the same way it approached the rest of its season.
In the formative days of his coaching career, Jimmy Patsos' days were a blur. Mornings and afternoons were spent in Maryland's basketball office, his nights working at the Third Edition in Georgetown.
A few years ago, Evgeni Malkin wasn't considered the best player on the Pittsburgh Penguins. When he was playing against Alex Ovechkin, he wasn't even considered the best Russian player on the ice.
When Jaromir Jagr chose to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers over the summer after a three-year sabbatical, the 39-year-old Czech Republic native knew it wouldn't go over well in Pittsburgh.
One opposing shot on net, one goal. It was a familiar scene for Tomas Vokoun on Thursday night — the second straight game he allowed the first puck on goal to go in. But when the Capitals' offense bailed him out to preserve a victory against the Lightning, the 35-year-old was steadfast.