Sunday, April 16, 2006

Stevie Y gears up for another run

In many ways, Yzerman is like the winner of the NHL’s version of Survivor. Al MacInnis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens, Vincent Damphousse and Ron Francis, among others, called it quits before the season. Brett Hull, Mario Lemieux and Dave Andreychuk followed suit early in the season. The new NHL wasn’t for them.

This from a nice story on the wire by the Canadian Press' Pierre Lebrun.

With 14 points in his last 12 games, Yzerman could be poised for some playoff magic.

I'll never forget sitting at Game 4 at GM Place, the first round of the 2002 playoffs, when the underdog Canucks were facing the Red Wings. Vancouver had, amazingly, won the first two games in Detroit, lost Game 3 on an unforgettable Nicklas Lidstrom long bomb, and Game 4 was tied going into the third period.

That's when Yzerman, hobbling on one leg due to a seriously bum knee, somehow deked out two Canucks to score the winner. It was unreal.

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