Now I've heard the ol' squeezebox at the Saddledome before. But it was in 1988 during John Mellencamp's Lonesome Jubilee tour and it was being played by the late John Casella, one of the band members. The accordion in Cherry Bomb, just awesome.
But where was it coming from on this night, nearly an hour after the Flames game had ended, and who was it?
Wait, hang on, I thought to myself. I wonder if it's Sven.
After all, Sven Baertschi's Swiss heritage is a pretty good fit. Plus, I had just talked to him a half-hour earlier and he was pumped after collecting his first two NHL points in over 11 months. Dare I say, I thought he did have a little polka in his step.
Offence is Baertschi's Fuel
While I was unable to determine the source of the music, what I was able to confirm on Thursday night -- and something most of us suspected anyway, is the root of Baertschi's confidence lies in his involvement in the offence.
"If you get points and you're out there for goals for, it gives you a certain kind of comfort and allows your mind to just play the game and not think too much," said Baertschi, who had the primary assist on both of Paul Byron's goals.
"I want to build on this now. It's something positive. It's been a while since I've had any points in the NHL and for me, it's huge," Baertschi said.
Loves Home (Dome) Cooking
Strike up the Band
Points, confidence and polka music, it's all infectious and a good infectious at that.
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