Steve Sullivan isn't exactly new to any of this.

He's 37 years old and broke into the NHL in the 1995-96 season.

He's played 969 NHL games.

He's piled up 283 goals and 730 points.

But despite all that, Sullivan said, he's never had an opportunity like the one he'll get next week.

Never been in a position where his team is just 16 victories away from a Stanley Cup and has a realistic chance at getting them.

"I've been to the semifinals once, with Toronto in '99, and we were more of a Cinderella story," he said. "We were riding an extremely hot goalie in Curtis Joseph. I don't think we were thought of as contenders at all.