Center Tom Pyatt, the other rookie hero in the Canadiens' 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday, is a little more anonymous -- even amongst his teammates.
"I didn't even know he was traded with me," said veteran Habs forward Scott Gomez. "He's so quiet. We were out for a beer one time and I looked over and said, 'I have to be honest with you, kid. I saw you in the locker room and you look so familiar.' Then it donned on me that he got traded with me from the [New York] Rangers."
Pyatt, who spent about half the regular season with Montreal's AHL affiliate, had a goal -- a tally that turned out to be the game-winner in a blowout that cut the Flyers' lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1 – and an assist.
Still, a No. 94 Pyatt jersey may not catch on quite as quickly as a No. 76 Subban, a flashier player who is among the league's top prospects.
That's not to say Pyatt doesn't have the pedigree. His father, Nelson, played in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and the Colorado Rockies (now the New Jersey Devils). Tom's brother, Taylor, is currently a winger on the Phoenix Coyotes.
Like the Staal brothers, the Pyatt brothers also hail from Thunder Bay, Ontario, although Nelson made his way here for Game 3.
"It's always nice give my dad a call," Tom Pyatt said. "He has some positive advice all the time. This is pretty exciting time for my whole family."
The Canadiens, who failed to score on Flyers goalie Michael Leighton through the first two games of the series, maneuvered to the front of the net consistently Thursday. It paid off on goals by Michael Cammalleri, who tapped in a shot that went off the end boards and on Pyatt's goal.
"The first two games, we were taking too many shots from the perimeter," Pyatt said. "We did better job of getting to the net and getting bodies in front to make it hell for their goalie."
Pyatt, 23, spent parts of four seasons in the minors, which even included a stint in the ECHL. In contrast, Subban, 21, was called up for two games in the middle of the regular season and returned in the first round to make his playoff debut against the Capitals on April 26.
He has since scored a goal and added six assists, three helpers coming in Game 3. If there's pressure put on by the crowd in excess of 21,000, this rookie said hasn't felt it.
"Coach wants us all to the stick to the game plan and do what's going to help us to win," Subbamn said. "You can't be going out afraid of making a mistake. You have to play your game. We all have a job to do."
Subban, an offensive-minded defenseman, even showed he has a little grit in him. He sparred briefly with all-star blueliner Chris Pronger as the frustrated Philadelphia Flyers lost some of their composure at times.
"He's a hall-of-famer," Subban said. "It's hockey. Sometimes I still can't believe it's him out there. He's a guy I looked up to when I was younger."