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02-14-2013, 05:20 PM
FF de Mars
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From the Habs website.

"According to the story, Panthers’ forward, Mellanby, saw a rat in the dressing room just prior to the start of a game during the 1955-96 season and dispensed his own brand of pest control by one-timing it into a wall, effectively killing the rodent. Following his run-in in the room, Mellanby hit the ice and scored two goals in that night’s game, causing John Vanbiesbrouck to dub it a “rat trick”. From that day forth, Panthers’ fans made a tradition of hurling plastic rats onto the ice during important games, eventually causing the league to institute a rule in which the home team now gets a penalty if its fans delay the game by throwing objects on the ice. As illustrated in the picture below, Canadiens and Panthers fans clearly have at least some common ground."

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