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Simply Superb
Michael Farber
December 24, 2001
You fly to Stockholm, jump into a car, head west, and an hour and a half later you hit Bars and Stars, a multistory pleasure palace in Vasteras that offers a nightclub, a memorabilia-crammed sports bar, a restaurant and a sauna—basically the most fun a Swede can have without telling a Norwegian joke. Two of the bar's owners are Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, who is widely recognized as the best defenseman in the world, and Tommy Salo of the Edmonton Oilers, the best goalie in the world who is virtually unrecognized.
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December 24, 2001

Simply Superb

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At 30, Salo is the oldest Oiler, on the cusp of what he hopes are five more years of prime hockey. He no longer frets about being beaten by a late pass across his crease, and therefore he routinely challenges shooters—a sure sign of confidence. Edmonton is every bit as confident in Salo, despite his inability to steal a playoff series against the Dallas Stars in any of the last three seasons.

MacTavish says Salo might have worn down last spring after 4,364 regular-season minutes—which, given his added Olympic duties in February, means the coach will chat with Salo a little more often. He wants his goalie fresh for the playoffs, hockey's happiest hours of all.

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