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5 min.
the great equalizer

WITH ABOUT A month to go in 2010- 11, Corey Perry was having a nice season. He was seventh in the scoring race and sixth in goals, trailing league leader Steven Stamkos by 10. Then Perry caught Lightning (and five others) in a bottle. Over his next 14 contests, he scored 19 times to reach the celebrated 50 plateau, blowing past the field to snare the Rocket Richard Trophy. The Ducks won 10 of those 14, and Perry recorded the winner in five of them. It was truly an astounding run, and it earned him the Hart Trophy. But (and you knew a “but” was coming), it could be argued that while Perry deserved the Hart in 2011, his MVP performance was the weakest of the past few decades. The competition…

4 min.
paying it forward

JUST BECAUSE YOU excel at something doesn’t mean it’s what you really want to do. We know Sean Burke as one of the game’s great goaltending gurus, but, believe it or not, he never planned to get into coaching when his playing days ended. Burke had a successful 18- year career after being drafted 24th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1985. He enjoyed multi-year runs as a starter for the Devils and Hartford Whalers and really blossomed in Phoenix, twice finishing among the top six votegetters for the Vezina Trophy. He never dreamed of becoming a goalie mentor. He actually wanted to go the front office route. In his final NHL campaign in 2006-07, however, Burke wound up being demoted to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Springfield, where…

9 min.
boston bruins

IF IT IS indeed true that defense wins championships, it should boggle the mind the Bruins have won only six Stanley Cups in their 93-year history. No franchise in NHL history has been blessed with the abundance of riches on the blueline that the Bruins have been over the years. That’s indisputable. Their top three players – and seven of their top 25 – played defense. Their list is also sprinkled with some of the game’s most gifted offensive players ever and all-time greats in goal. But more than anything, the Bruins have been defined by their superstars on the blueline and the toughness with which the team has played over the years. 1 BOBBY ORR POS | D YEARS | 1966-76 GP | 631 G | 264 A | 624 P…

4 min.
silent stopper

FOR MORE THAN a century now, the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota has provided the United States with tons and tons of iron ore, which morphs from unrefined rocks to gleaming steel. There was a time when it also took the young boys of the men who came from all over the world to work in the mines there and turned them into wonderful hockey players. Frank Brimsek was one of them. He was also one of the first to play in the NHL. Without a doubt, he was the first American-born player to have a significant impact on the best league in the world. And in an organization that has produced some of the most skilled players in the history of the game, he has been the greatest of…

9 min.
buffalo sabres

PUNCH IMLACH WAS the first GM in Sabres history, and he certainly got the franchise off on the right foot. He lucked out when he won the right to draft Gilbert Perreault first overall, but Imlach then brought in Rick Martin and Rene Robert to complete the ‘French Connection’ line. The trio now has a statue outside Buffalo’s arena. The Sabres also got lucky when Chicago had too many good young goalies in the early 1990s. The Blackhawks gifted Dominik Hasek to Buffalo and the rest is history. Sure, the Sabres have yet to win the Stanley Cup – but it hasn’t all been broken mirrors and black cats in the city. 1 DOMINIK HASEK POS | G YEARS | 1992-2001 RECORD | 234-170-70 GAA | 2.22 SP | .926 IN SOME CORNERS,…

4 min.
the sabres’ adopted son

PULL UP SOME old clips of Gilbert Perreault on You- Tube and you’ll see pure skill. His speed, his elusiveness and, most importantly, his east-west moves, are all on display. In an era of coaches who overvalue north-south play, Perreault’s crossover- to-stride ratio is a template for dynamic skating from back in the day. Naturally, he came about those skills the old-fashioned way. “Right after school, we were on the ice,” Perreault said. “You were playing 10-on-10. That’s where I developed my stickhandling and skating. It’s instinct, I guess.” Indoors or outdoors, any sheet of ice in his hometown of Victoriaville, Que., would do, and Perreault found himself playing on peewee, bantam and midget teams all at the same time. Needless to say, he got a lot of attention, and soon it…