Matt Niskanen is not a guy who often draws attention to himself.

Doesn't happen much on the ice, where his work is solid, but rarely spectacular.

And it's more uncommon during interviews, when Niskanen tends to be soft-spoken and seldom utters so much as an inflammatory syllable.

But Niskanen made it clear that the Penguins game tonight in Dallas -- their first there since acquiring Niskanen and winger James Neal from the Stars last Feb. 21 -- is a lot more to him than just No. 63 of his team's 82 games this season.