GMJR’s explanation for acquiring Lovejoy this season was simply that he adds experience to the defense.
Many Pens fans couldn’t see the point in trading Despres for Benny but Lovejoy plays with a certain savvy to his game that he picked up during his time with Fowler . He learned to keep the crease clear, fronted players at the blue line and smartly applied physical pressure. He has become more fundamentally sound; he can skate, move the puck and join the play.
"The people in Pittsburgh knew my work ethic, my personality. They have watched the things I’ve done with the Ducks and appreciated them,” Lovejoy said. “I’m a completely different player than the last time I was a Penguin. The Penguins saw a need and felt my personality and my game and the fact I’d been there so long would be an easy fit to come back.”
Duck’s GM Bob Murray described him as “a good soldier. ”
It was so much more than that. He worked to make that play happen after taking advantage of Toffoli's fumble, fell down and got back up to score his 22nd goal to win the game.