Okay, here's my second entry...
Since this moment happened in 1928, there is no video of the game, so if you don't mind, I found a good article that Sports Illustrated published about it.The Silver Fox suits up
|QUOTE (Sports Illustrated)|
|On April 7, 1928 Lester Patrick, 44 years old and silver-haired, stood beside the New York Ranger bench in the Montreal Forum, watching intently the moves of his blue-shirted players. Two years earlier he had come down from Victoria, B.C. to pioneer the organization of the Rangers as their manager-coach. As a player he had been an outstanding defenseman for 20 years on various teams throughout Canada but, except for brief comebacks the previous two seasons, he hadn't played regularly for six years.|
The Rangers were playing the Montreal Maroons that night in the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They had been shut out 2-0 two days before in the opener of the best-of-five series and had failed to score again in the first period of the second game. It was still a scoreless tie early in the second period when suddenly the puck smashed into Ranger Goalie Lorne Chabot's left eye. Minutes later, in the dressing room, a doctor lifted a blood-smeared towel from Chabot's face. "The eye is bleeding badly," he told Patrick, who had rushed from the bench. "Get yourself a new goaltender."...
..."Somebody here will have to put the pads on," Patrick said. After a few seconds of silence Leo Bourgault, a squash-nosed defenseman, spoke up, "I'll doit, Lester." But Frank Boucher, the Ranger captain, and Right Winger Bill Cook protested. "Look, Lester," Boucher said, "if Leo goes in the net we'll be short a man. You've done everything in hockey, and you're still in pretty good shape. You can go in there yourself. We won't let them get a good shot at you."
Patrick shrugged his shoulders; there seemed nothing else to do. Chabot's skates and equipment fitted him perfectly. He jammed Chabot's black baseball cap on his head and stiffly skated onto the ice for a warmup...
...Playing cautiously, Boucher and the Cook brothers hounded the Maroons. The defensemen, Taffy Abel and Ching Johnson, checked fiercely at mid-ice. As a result, the Maroons were forced to fire long, harmless shots, which Patrick easily stopped. The second period ended with the two teams still tied 0-0...
...Thirty seconds after the start of the third period, however, Bill Cook suddenly scored for the Rangers. The goal loomed larger and larger as play went on, but then, with less than six minutes to play, the Maroons' Nels Stewart flipped a long shot along the ice. It skidded slowly toward Patrick. He dropped to both knees, but the puck slid between his pads for the tying goal. When the third period ended with the score 1-1, the game went into sudden-death overtime.
In the overtime the Rangers intensified their mid-ice defense. The Maroons took a few long shots, but Patrick blocked them easily. On one, a chest-high shot, Patrick took no chances. He dropped his stick and caught the puck with both hands. Then, at the seven-minute mark, Ching Johnson slid a pass up the ice to Boucher. He took it at full speed, skated around a defenseman and shot the puck behind Goalie Clint Benedict. The Stanley Cup playoff was tied at one game apiece. The Rangers on the ice rushed toward Patrick. The others swung over the boards to get to him. They all carried him off the ice on their shoulders.
The next day New York was given league permission to bring in Goalie Joe Miller, who had some NHL experience with the New York Americans. Lester Patrick retired again and, with Miller playing the last three games, the Rangers went on to win the 1928 Stanley Cup.
Needless to say this something that we'll never see in professional sports again, especially with these same circumstances. The roll of the goalie in modern hockey is much more important due to the advent of the butterfly style of goaltending, and general skill that modern goalies have over their predecessors.
Not only did a coach/general manager play in the game, he was 44 years old, and it was during the Stanley Cup finals, the biggest and most important series of games in hockey. On top of that, he won!
Edited by darthYENIK, 17 March 2011 - 05:30 AM.