The morning after the
first game of the 99 playoffs, the only game I wouldnt
get to see, I found my daughter had left a note on the refrigerator.
It said, simply, "GUY!!!" A late-night check of Yahoo
NHL had told her Carbonneau scored the game winner, a 25-footer
with 6:53 remaining. Then hed turned on his defensive skills
and worked to preserve the victory, especially in the final minute
when he prevented Edmonton from being able to pull their goalie.
On top of all this, the oldest player in the playoffs had a team-leading
reward for his outstanding performance was a bloodied face, courtesy
of a crosscheck into the boards by Doug Weight with 4.6 seconds
remaining. "Oh, its nothing, just a little playoff
blood," he said of the gash he would wear for the rest of
the playoffs. "It wont be the last time I get cut
this spring. Its kind of like a sign that Im not
afraid to pay the price to win."
And he was
right, it wasnt the last time
but little did he know
how high the price to win would run.