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10-05-2006, 11:53 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
But that was nothing compared to the Saturday night game against the Bruins when Begin tried to hit Boston's Patrice Bergeron along the boards. Bergeron tripped and went down before Begin arrived. Begin, at that point a hurtling missile with mayhem in mind, went flying over Bergeron and crashed face-first into the Bell Centre boards.
The collision drove his teeth completely through his lower lip, sheered off the lower teeth and left him with fractures beneath the gums. Begin stayed down a minute or so, came off the ice with blood dripping from the towel over his face and went in for some quick stitches from Dr. David Mulder, cursing all the while because the repair work was taking so long.
"I wanted to eat a chair," Begin said at the time. Loosely translated, he meant he was climbing the walls.
He didn't miss a shift. After the game, he got 30 more stitches in his mouth and a midnight visit to the dentist.
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