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by George Malik on 03/20/17 at 03:37 PM ET
ESPN's Craig Custance wrote an article regarding Riley Sheahan's goal-less 2016-17 campaign:
For Sheahan, it hasn't just felt like a year. It has been going on all year. In a reminder that the hockey gods can be cruel sometimes, Stepan ended his drought with a goal on Sheahan's home ice in Detroit.
For now, Sheahan hasn't reached out to his version of [Martin] St. Louis. He's going at this alone.
"It's kind of a thing I just put behind me and figure out myself," he said. "I'm going to stay on that mindset and try to get out of the slump myself."
If he changes his mind, he doesn't have to look hard for support.
Tyler Wright serves as Detroit's director of amateur scouting. During the 1998-99 season, Wright went 61 games without a goal for the Penguins. On his hockey-reference.com page, there's a big zero right before the run of double-digit goal-scoring seasons Wright had for the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
It's been nearly 20 years, and he still hears about his slump -- mostly from his teenaged son, who isn't afraid to bring it up when dad is getting on him.
"It weighs on you daily. I can't imagine [what's it like now] with social media," Wright said during a phone conversation. "[Sheahan] thinks about it every moment of the day."
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