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November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

IN THIS ISSUE

OPENING FACEOFF

November 4, 2013 Vol. 67 No. 08

DEPARTMENTS

HOCKEY’S BIGGEST SAVE

THE SAVE WAS IMPORTANT. AND iconic. And innovative. It was also, arguably, accidental. If he could have wielded his blocker or kicked up his pads or positioned his Montreal Canadiens logo to absorb the puck, goaltender Jacques Plante surely would have. Instead, a rising backhand from New York Rangers star Andy Bathgate 3:06 into the first period on Nov. 1, 1959, at Madison Square Garden pierced Plante’s face. The blood escaped easily and quickly onto his jersey before pooling on the ice. The list of Plante’s previous facial injuries was extensive: broken noses, a broken jaw and broken cheekbones totalling almost 200 stitches. He left the ice for repairs by the on-site doctor and the impact of the shot became apparent once Red Fisher, a legendary hockey journalist who spent 58 years…

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BEAR FEELS BULLISH

LAST SEASON, TUUKKA RASK PROVED he’s a bona fide No. 1 goalie after taking the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup final. But he’s still asked whether he can sustain his level of play over an 82-game schedule, not just over a shortened slate. Those who ask consider the question especially valid this year, because Rask had such a short summer. His answer is that the small window between the playoffs and the start of 2013-14 might actually have helped him. And the early returns backed that hypothesis, as Rask allowed only seven goals over five starts. “Obviously, you take a little time off to let your body rest and heal,” he said. “But you don’t have that much time between (seasons), where you might have lost an edge. Once I…

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WINS ARE ALL THAT MATTER

ONDREJ PAVELEC KNOWS THE QUESTION is out there. And as much as he’d like to bat it up and over the glass for good, he knows the answer still lies ahead. Is he a legitimate No. 1 NHL goaltender? Pavelec is now into his fifth season as a full-time starter, but his numbers say only maybe. Pavelec’s 2.80 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last season are pretty standard stuff. “I hear it from everywhere, the numbers,” he said. “It’s a very tough question. Yes, the numbers have to be better, but at the same time you need to look at the big picture. I’m worried about what I’m doing. My focus is to play games and worry about myself and win games. I’m not a big fan of the numbers.…