Lester Patrick. Numbered Jerseys. Blue Lines. Penalty Shots. Assists. On The Fly Line Changes. Farm Teams. Playoff Format. All, plus so much more, visions of the Patrick brothers.
Yet all of Lester's many accomplishments as a player and innovations as a builder are shadowed by one night in the 1928 NHL playoffs.
Game one, Stanley Cup finals, and Rangers goalie Lorne Chabot can not play due to injury. With no back up goalie to be found, Patrick, at the age of 44, decided to put the pads on himself. This move energized his Rangers. They played inspired hockey and the game went in to overtime. In a game that Hollywood couldn't dream of, Frank Boucher went on to score in overtime for the Rangers. The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup.
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