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The National Hockey League playoff game between the Calgary Flames and the St. Louis Blues (May 12, 1986), where the Blues' ability to overcome a three goal deficit with 12 minutes remaining in the third period, and their subsequent game-winning goal in overtime scored by Doug Wickenheiser was known as the Monday Night Miracle.

Players like Calgary's Al MacInnis and the Blues' Doug Wickenheiser took shots at the net as overtime quickly became another heart-racing experience in itself. Calgary then came within inches of winning when Joe Mullen took a slapshot from just inside the blueline that hit off the goalpost. The Wickenheiser goal came after seven minutes and thirty seconds had already passed in the overtime period. It is considered to be one of the most memorable victories in Blues history.

The Blues are broadcast on KMOX 1120 AM in St. Louis. Kelly Chase brings an interesting mix of insight and analysis to the booth along with fellow broadcaster Chris Kerber. Chase played 12-years in the NHL, which included eight years as a member of the Blues. He finished his career with 458 games played, 17 goals, 36 assists and 53 career points. Chase ranks second on the Blues' all-time penalty-minute list with 1,497 minutes and finished his career with 2,017 total penalty minutes.

FSN Midwest and KPLR-TV will again televise the Blues' games. John Kelly returns to the broadcast booth. Kelly, son of the late legendary Blues broadcaster Dan Kelly, Sr., will be alongside Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Federko for all games being televised on FSN Midwest and KPLR.

Four years, $38 million through 2005; $4 million in 2002. When a Hall of Famer sits out an entire season because his daddy won't let him sign an $8.5 million guaranteed contract from the only team he's ever played for, something's rotten in Puckville. Meet Eric Lindros, NHL problem child. About 30 seconds after the Quebec Nordiques made him the first pick in the 1992 draft, his dad/agent forced a trade. "Eric will not play in Quebec City; it's as simple as that," Da-da said. So the Philadelphia Flyers signed him to one of the biggest contracts in NHL history, and Papa still wasn't happy. Last year, the six-time all-star submitted a list of exactly one team he'd agree to be traded to before sitting out the entire season in protest. "I don't care if I don't talk to Eric the rest of my life," said Lindros' boyhood hero and Flyers GM, Bobby Clarke. "All he did was cause aggravation for our team." Add to that a noggin that's more delicate than Britney Spears on prom night (Lindros sustained four concussions in five months and admits that one hit could end his career) and the New York Rangers got one very bad investment.

How did the Chicago Blackhawks’ star enforcer become one of the greatest brawlers in hockey history? Just ask him. Nicely. The term "goon" is usually used to describe guys who can't contribute anything to a game, so they just go out and beat people up. But in Probert's bruised hands, this actually became an art form. Other teams would dress notorious fighters only when they played against Probert, and soon, people began to refer to certain games like title fights. It wasn't, say, "Red Wings vs. Devils" or "Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs," but rather "Bob Probert vs. Troy Crowder" or "Bob Probert vs. Tie Domi."

Tie Domi: The most noteworthy thug moment of Domi's 18-year career came in a 2001 playoff game against New Jersey, when the Maple Leafs wing rendered Devils defenseman Scott Nieder­mayer unconscious via an elbow to the skull.

Dave Schultz: "The Hammer" terrorized the NHL from 1969–80, setting a single-season record with 472 penalty minutes. Nicknamed for his devastating right hook, he was known for picking a second fight after the first had been broken up.

Bob Probert: With Detroit teammate Joe Kocur, he formed "the Bruise Brothers" in the late '80s and early '90s. On February 4, 1994, Probert fought Pittsburgh's Marty McSorley for nearly 100 full seconds—one of the longest bouts in NHL history.

Hockey has its roots in a wide variety of similar sports, played long ago in many different countries. These early versions of hockey had many different names, depending on the country that the player came from. People from England called their version "bandy" or "field hockey", the Irish referred to it as "hurling". To Scots it was "shinty" and to Americans "ice polo". Native Canadians played a game called "baggataway". Canadians called it "shinny".

Shinny was informal enough that the pucks and sticks were often makeshift. During the American Great Depression, for example, northern boys used tree branches or broomhandles as sticks, and a tin can as a puck. (After many games, the can would begin to resemble a metal ball.)

Today the game of shinny refers to an informal type of hockey, either on ice or as street hockey. There are no formal rules or specific positions, other than the goaltenders, and the goals themselves may be marked simply by found objects. Bodychecking and lifting or "roofing/reefing the puck" (shooting the puck so it rises above the ice) are often forbidden because the players are not wearing protective equipment. It is often called pick-up hockey.

The hard surfaces of the ice and boards, pucks flying at high speed (over 160 km/h at times), and other players maneuvering (and often intentionally colliding) pose a multitude of inherent safety hazards. Besides skates and sticks, hockey players are usually equipped with an array of safety gear to lessen their risk of serious injury. This usually includes a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, mouth guard, protective gloves, heavily padded pants, a 'jock' athletic protector, and leg guards. Goaltenders wear masks and much bulkier, specialized equipment designed to protect them from many direct hits from pucks.

Youth and college hockey players are required to wear a mask made from metal wire or transparent plastic attached to their helmet that protects their face during play. Professional and adult players may instead wear a visor that protects only their eyes, or no mask at all; however, some provincial and state legislations require full facial protection at all non-professional levels. Rules regarding visors and face masks are mildly controversial at professional levels, as some players feel that they interfere with their vision or breathing and/or encourage carrying of the stick up high, in a reckless manner, while others believe that they are a necessary safety precaution.

In fact, the adoption of safety equipment has been a gradual one at the North American professional level, where even helmets were not mandatory until the 1980s. The famous goalie, Jacques Plante, had to suffer a hard blow to the face with a flying puck in 1959 before he could persuade his coach to allow him to wear a protective goalie mask in play.

Those looking to find a common thread between the success of the 1960 and 1980 Olympic teams can start with the Christian family of Warroad, Minnesota. Dave Christian, whose move from forward to defense helped solidify the 1980 U.S. squad, is the son of Bill Christian, who played for the 1960 U.S. team. Bill's brother, Roger, also played for the squad. Another brother, Gordon, played for the U.S. National team in the 1950's.

In 1980, Herb Brooks thought he had enough offense, but he felt he needed help on defense. He thought Christian was smart enough, and talented enough, to handle the switch in positions. That assumption proved correct. After leading the U.S. team with eight assists in Lake Placid, Dave Christian moved back to forward and enjoyed a standout NHL career, finishing with 340 goals in 1,009 NHL games with Winnipeg. Washington, Boston, St. Louis, and Chicago. He had four seasons in which he netted 30 or more goals and 10 seasons in which he topped 20 goals.

The medal-round men's ice hockey game in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, is known as the Miracle on Ice. A team of amateur and collegiate players from the United States, led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet Union, considered to be the best international hockey team in the world, 4–3.

The U.S went on to win the gold medal by beating Finland (4–2) in their final game. The Soviet Union took the silver by beating Sweden in their final game. Sweden received the bronze medal, and Finland finished 4th.


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