When you look at the career stat page of Mike Modano, there’s just one thing that stands out above all else. It’s not a number or a statistic, though. Instead, it’s just the long list of three letter abbreviations: “MNS” and “DAL.”
While most 39-year-olds in the NHL spend much of their careers bouncing from team to team, Modano has been a star since 1989 — first in Minnesota, and then in Dallas when the team moved for the 1993 season.
On Thursday night, Modano was emotional as he played what could have been his final home game in the NHL. The veteran fought off tears when the crowd gave him a resounding ovation before tying the game with less than two minutes to play. The fans cheered even louder when he scored in a shootout.
If it was indeed the end, there was no better way to go out.
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“I’m really hoping we squeeze another year out of him. I’ve told him that a thousand times. What are you going to do? You’re going to be so bored? All you have is hockey? He said he’d play golf, but you can only play golf so much.”
–Modano’s mother, Karen, to ESPN.com, about her son’s possible retirement
Bruins fans are fed up with a lot of things this season. Dennis Wideman may be at the top of that list. They let him know how the felt on Thursday night by booing him whenever he touched the puck — hardly the way a home crowd typically treats its player, but this season has been far from typical.
In any case, Wideman responded by scoring the game-winning goal. One fan thinks the crowd may be onto something.
“Time to boo Michael Ryder!! Maybe he’ll score a goal too!”
Modano’s mother is right. You could hit five holes-in-one, but there’s no way golf can ever match this moment.
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