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Peluso takes Olli's odd advice after first goal

Puts game sheet under his pillow

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Anthony Peluso celebrates with Olli Jokinen after scoring his first NHL goal.

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Mark Humphrey / the associated press Anthony Peluso celebrates with Olli Jokinen after scoring his first NHL goal.

DALLAS -- A new twist to an old hockey tradition comes courtesy Olli Jokinen and Anthony Peluso.

Jets' fans might have spotted the veteran Finn talking to the young forward on the bench during the TSN Jets telecast of Thursday's OT loss to Nashville -- one in which Peluso scored his first career NHL goal.

It turns out Jokinen was explaining three must-dos after scoring your first:

1. Keep the puck, that's a given.

2. Put away the stick that was used; another common practice.

3. Take the game stats sheet that features your first goal and slip it under your pillow for two nights.

Wait... what?

"He told me to put the game sheet under my pillow, so the last couple of nights I've been doing that," said Peluso. "Olli's been a great guy to me so I feel like I should listen to him."

"I can't remember who told me to do it when I scored my first... but I did," said Jokinen on Saturday with a grin. "But I think I went about 20 games after that without one."

FOUND A HOME: Winnipeg product Cody Eakin has been solid to start the season for the Stars and, finally, he's starting to feel like he's found a hockey home.

"The last few years for me... I get traded in junior (from Swift Current to Kootenay) and then going pro (in the AHL with Hershey) and then to Washington and then getting traded here, playing in Austin (the Stars affiliate) and then coming here... it seems like the last few years I've just been bouncing around," said Eakin Saturday. "Now it feels more solidified. I'm living on my own. I've got my own place and it's nice because there's a bunch of young guys living downtown, while most of the guys with kids and kids in school are living out in Frisco. We've got a good group of guys, a great combination and it makes it feel like home. It feels like I'm going to be here."

Eakin has drawn good reviews from new head coach Lindy Ruff and likes the respect the Stars' bosses bring to the organization and, in particular, to the dressing room.

"It's been really good," said Eakin. "(Ruff's) come in, (assistant coach) James Patrick and (GM) Jim Nill... right away when those guys talk everyone listens and respects what they're doing.

"Guys like that, with their backgrounds, everyone wants to turn this around for them and buy into what they say."

PLAYING SPECTATOR: Another Winnipeg product, Ryan Garbutt, served the second of his two-game suspension against the Jets after being disciplined for his hit on Anaheim's Dustin Penner.

"It was good," Garbutt told Dallas reporters.

"I was glad I went there (to the NHL headquarters in New York) for the meeting. I had a good talk with (NHL disciplinarian) Brendan Shanahan. I definitely accept the penalty that I got, and I hope that Dustin Penner is feeling better."

"There's no condoning or defending the Garbutt hit," added Ruff. "I told him after the game, you are going to get suspended for it. There are some that can be accidental, maybe a guy is bent over at the last second.

"But it is clearly stated that it is your responsibility. Those are the situations we want to stay away from. It's something we've talked about as a team. Obviously, we don't want to lose any more personnel. You turn the highlights on every night and you see someone going into the boards.I think you've got to err on the side of caution because the more of these that happen, the history is, the penalties get more severe."

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 27, 2013 B3

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