Teddy Purcell’s game-winning goal last night had extra meaning, since his parents (Ted and Mary Lynn) and a few friends from Newfoundland, Canada, were in town for the game.
PURCELL: “They came to see my first NHL game, and that was pretty special. I don’t think I had ever scored in front of them either. I guess my mom didn’t even know I had scored. I guess there was a bit of a delayed reaction from her. It’s always fun to just have them here, and then obviously score for them too. You know how excited parents get and, more importantly, get to a win after that terrible start we had against Phoenix. We had a great night, and hopefully we can carry it into tomorrow night and then going into an important road trip.”
So, Purcell was a happy son, and also a well-fed one. A couple nights before the game, Mary Lynn cooked a traditional Newfoundland meal called the “Jiggs dinner.” One online recipe calls for salted beef, turnip, boiled potatoes, carrots, cabbage and pease pudding. Purcell also made reference to pork tongue. Interesting.
“Worst heartburn of all time,” joked Brad Richardson, who joined the meal.
Told that it might not have been the healthiest pregame meal, Purcell said, “We had it a couple days before the game, to have time to get it out of our system.”
Told that his parents might have to stick around for good luck, Purcell said, “Stolly (Jarret Stoll) does have an extra room in his house, so…”