STOCKHOLM -- It would have been the stuff of legend had Tim Stützle, whose baseball swat overtime goal had just given him hero’s status, grown up in Viersen, Germany, dreaming of being the next Albert Pujols, the next Mike Trout, the next Mookie Betts.
It would have made for a great story.
It also would have been wrong.
“To be honest, I hate watching baseball,” Stutzle said after the Ottawa Senators’ thrilling 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Avicii Arena on Thursday. “I think it’s pretty boring.”
He could have fooled us, given his solid contact of the puck out of midair that beat Red Wings goalie James Reimer with two seconds remaining in what proved to be a wild and wacky curtain-raiser to the 2023 Global Series Sweden presented by Fastenal.
As Stutzle was making those comments, Brady Tkachuk, seated next to him in the postgame press conference, stared at his teammate with disbelief. With Tkachuk having grown up in St. Louis watching Pujols star for the Cardinals, Stutzle’s take was sporting blasphemy for the Senators captain, who then analyzed Stutzle’s technique on the winner.
“Choked up on it and followed through,” Tkachuk said, using baseball parlance before breaking into a mischievous grin.