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better late than never

IT’S MEDIA DAY AT the 2004 All-Star Game in Saint Paul, and one of the hot topics is no-shows. The NHL is in a period of All-Star Game-itis, one in which an irritating number of players who are selected to participate find an escape hatch. It’s a trend that eventually prompts the league to suspend players for one game if they pull a Houdini. Martin Brodeur is not one of those players. The Devils superstar is making his eighth appearance in a nine-year stretch and tells reporters he relishes the weekend. He says he knows his time in the spotlight is finite, and he wants to absorb the rays as long as possible. It’s a moment of self-awareness as resonant as the Arctic winds howling outside the Xcel Energy Center. Typically, that…

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Any game in Vancouver from the Bruins-Canucks final in 2011 works. That one had crushing hits, fighting, outstanding goaltending (for Tim Thomas in all games, for Roberto Luongo in Vancouver), blowouts and low-scoring games all in a single series.– @chrisrusso98 Game 3 of the 1987 Canada Cup final, Canada vs. USSR. Lemieux, Gretzky, Hawerchuk, Goulet against some of the best Soviet talent ever, including Larionov, Krutov, Makarov. Just incredible to see so much talent on one rink!– Douglas C. Diskin Because of the magnitude of Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series and the incredible comeback of Team Canada, there is no doubt this was the greatest game of all-time.– Paul Skinner Miracle on Manchester. Playoffs between the L.A. Kings and Edmonton Oilers on April 10, 1982. Unbelievable game. No one expected it.…

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greatest games of all time

INDELIBLE MOMENTS, OR games, in the history of hockey often stick with you like a cherished memory that lasts forever. You know exactly where you were when they happened. Let’s start with the one virtually every hockey fan is familiar with – Sidney Crosby’s golden goal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Chances are, you can remember the venue you were in, the people you were with and the fallout afterwards, depending upon if you’re Canadian or American. Go back a generation or two and you might have first-hand stories about the vigil you kept while watching the Easter Epic. Or remember watching with a parent when Gretzky passed to Lemieux in 1987. Still further, do you recall Al Michaels’ famous call from the Miracle on Ice in 1980? Or Foster Hewitt’s…

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easter epic

PRELUDE TO OVERTIME PAT LAFONTAINE: (New York Islanders center) The year 1987 was a special one for me. It was the year I got married, and against the Capitals in the playoffs, we had come back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force a seventh game. LOU FRANCESCHETTI: (Washington right winger) We had such a good rivalry with the Isles at that point. We could never get away from them in the first round of the playoffs, and in 1986 we finally eliminated them. For me, Game 7 started as just another game, but we had a long history with the Isles, and even though they didn’t have Mike Bossy or Denis Potvin in the lineup that night, we knew we had to be at our best to beat them. The…

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the guarantee

THE NEW YORK Rangers open the 1993-94 season under pressure from an increasingly restless fan base. The Blueshirts are fresh off a playoff miss. Failure won’t do. The Original Six team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup in 54 years. The “1940” taunts ring out from rival fans on a nightly basis. Rangers GM Neil Smith expects better luck and better health from a talented lineup that includes captain Mark Messier, star defenseman Brian Leetch, steady goaltender Mike Richter, slick sophomore blueliner Sergei Zubov and newly acquired scoring winger Steve Larmer. MIKE RICHTER: (New York Rangers goalie) The prior championship was in 1940, and you hear, “OK, so it was 49 years, then 50 years, then 51,” then it ends up being 54. Each year it ends up getting a little louder…

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2:30 in the morning

THERE’S AN OLD SAYING that records are made to be broken. Well, not this one. We can’t imagine anyone would want to be part of eclipsing the mark for the longest NHL game ever played. That distinction belongs to the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons, who played almost three full games the night of March 24, 1936. It was during the height of the Depression, and the NHL as we know it was less than 20 years old at the time. Nobody has really come close to matching that overtime marathon, with the longest game in the past eight-plus decades coming in the 2000 playoffs when Keith Primeau scored 92 minutes into OT to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of…