Lest we forget Jamie McLennan's final moments as an NHL player...
From his wiki page:
On April 21, 2007, in a playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings, McLennan came in the game to relieve Kiprusoff, who had given up five goals. He was in the game for a total of 18 seconds before he slashed Red Wings forward Johan Franzén twice in the leg. He was due to be assessed a minor penalty, but shortly after play was stopped, he violently slashed Franzén in the stomach and was ejected from the game. McLennan was suspended five games for the incident and the Flames lost Game 6 the next day. Coach Jim Playfair and the Flames organization were also heavily fined, in part because the NHL made actions late in games that were out of hand a particular point of emphasis. The incident was thought to be out of character for McLennan by stunned broadcasters Pierre McGuire and Ed Olczyk. In his book, McLennan said that his initial slashes against Franzén were an effort to spark his team. He also admitted that he hit Franzén in the stomach because he thought he was skating towards him to throw a retaliatory punch. He wrote that he instantly regretted the decision and sent an apology to the Detroit dressing room after the game.
No way in the world he thought Franzen was coming after him. First, he was obviously skating to the side, not towards the net.
Second, the worst Johan would have done would be to ****** his mouthguard*. That hardly rates swinging for the fences.
*Yes, I know that's not actually the case. It's a joke!
Can't wait to read the "Phoenix: I still think it's a hockey market" chapter of Gary Bettman's autobiography. I'm guessing it's going to be chapter 11.
- mjlegend 3/9/2011