Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/11/12
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“I can’t believe I shook this guy’s freakin’ hand after the game,” an infuriated Dino Ciccarelli said from the Pepsi Center locker room after the Detroit Red Wings had been eliminated by the rival Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “That pisses me right off.” While the pure animosity (and stakes) between the two teams meant Ciccarelli could have been referring any number of Colorado players, it was no surprise he talking about Claude Lemieux. At that point a 13-year veteran, Lemieux had curated two reputations around the league: one for the ability to transcend his regular season performance at playoff time, another for being a terrible person on the ice. At least, terrible to opponents. During that game (which saw Detroit eliminated), Lemieux sent Kris Draper to the hospital after his vicious hit from behind sent the Red Wing center head-first into the top of the boards. The result was broken his jaw, nose, and cheekbone; facial reconstructive surgery; and weeks of a...
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