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The day the coach played goalie
Dave Anderson
April 03, 1961
At 44, Lester Patrick put on goalie's pads for the first time to play an NHL game
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April 03, 1961

The Day The Coach Played Goalie

At 44, Lester Patrick put on goalie's pads for the first time to play an NHL game

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Two big goals

Thirty seconds after the start of the third period, however, Bill Cook suddenly scored for the Rangers. The goal loomed larger and larger as play went on, but then, with less than six minutes to play, the Maroons' Nels Stewart flipped a long shot along the ice. It skidded slowly toward Patrick. He dropped to both knees, but the puck slid between his pads for the tying goal. When the third period ended with the score 1-1, the game went into sudden-death overtime.

In the overtime the Rangers intensified their mid-ice defense. The Maroons took a few long shots, but Patrick blocked them easily. On one, a chest-high shot, Patrick took no chances. He dropped his stick and caught the puck with both hands. Then, at the seven-minute mark, Ching Johnson slid a pass up the ice to Boucher. He took it at full speed, skated around a defenseman and shot the puck behind Goalie Clint Benedict. The Stanley Cup playoff was tied at one game apiece. The Rangers on the ice rushed toward Patrick. The others swung over the boards to get to him. They all carried him off the ice on their shoulders.

The next day New York was given league permission to bring in Goalie Joe Miller, who had some NHL experience with the New York Americans. Lester Patrick retired again and, with Miller playing the last three games, the Rangers went on to win the 1928 Stanley Cup.

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