In a disappointing loss to an inferior team, it was a play that is bound to be enveloped and lost.

In the second period, Cody Hodgson went headlong into a corner, came up with the puck. In a flash — and by peeking with a subtle tilt, not turning — he whirled it clean through the middle of the offensive zone ice, before it nestled on the blade of Andrew Alberts stick.

It was a gutsy pass, especially for a player who had sunk to the fourth line. It was a pass fired with authority too, chewing up 70 feet of ice. Alberts got a clean, long look, and blasted it on net. Nothing came of it, so you probably won't think much of it. But if you ever want to explain to people what Hodgson is all about, find that play and show it to them.