Patric Hornqvist on recent surge: ‘I always like to score goals’

Patric Hornqvist on recent surge: ‘I always like to score goals’

Edmonton Oilers' Adam Larsson (6) defends against Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Patric Hornqvist is playing as well -- and scoring as often -- lately as he has at any time since joining the Penguins in 2015.

He's also as healthy as he's been in quite a while. None of which is a coincidence.

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That's because Hornqvist, who has 10 goals in 26 games this season, has made a career of operating in high-traffic areas, the places where many goals are scored -- and paid for with contusions, sprains and fractures.

So for all he has accomplished in this league, including playing a prominent role on two Stanley Cup winners, there are some things Hornqvist can't ever hope to achieve. Like, say, making a serious run at Doug Jarvis' ironman record of playing in 964 consecutive games. The way Hornqvist goes about his job, he's lucky if he can string together 964 minutes without needing some sort of surgery or extended rehab.