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05-04-2004, 10:55 PM
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Biggest choke job

What in your opinion is the biggest choke in Hockey of all time? In sports the all time best is probably Bill Buckner of the Red Sox back in '86 but in Hockey there have been quite a few as well. Here are a few I can think of:
Steve Smith's goal that he banked off of Grant Fuhr in the 1986 Smythe Division Finals against Calgary Game 7. Cost Edmonton 5 straight Cups easily. Sorry Steve, you won it the next year though.
Tommy Salo's centre ice goal he allowed in the 2002 Olympics against Belarus. Quarter Final game cost Sweden the game. Right off of the head too!
Marc-Andre Fleury's ricochet in the world Juniors earlier this year. We all know that one
There's more I know so give me your thoughts

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1996 Red Wings. All those regular season records for nothing,

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The caps losing in the playoffs in consecutive years to the penguins after being up 3-1 in both series.

Freakin horrible.

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What in your opinion is the biggest choke in Hockey of all time? In sports the all time best is probably Bill Buckner of the Red Sox back in '86 but in Hockey there have been quite a few as well. Here are a few I can think of:
Steve Smith's goal that he banked off of Grant Fuhr in the 1986 Smythe Division Finals against Calgary Game 7. Cost Edmonton 5 straight Cups easily. Sorry Steve, you won it the next year though.
Tommy Salo's centre ice goal he allowed in the 2002 Olympics against Belarus. Quarter Final game cost Sweden the game. Right off of the head too!
Marc-Andre Fleury's ricochet in the world Juniors earlier this year. We all know that one
There's more I know so give me your thoughts
How about the 2000 ECF Flyers up 3-1 to the Devils and blow it at home is game 7

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How about Toronto's 3-0 comeback in 1942 against Detroit and the Isles doing the same to the Pens in 1975 to win their best of seven series'?

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1942 Stanley Cup Finals

Apr 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Apr 7 Detroit Red Wings 4 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Apr 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 5 at Detroit Red Wings
Apr 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 3 at Detroit Red Wings
Apr 14 Detroit Red Wings 3 9 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Apr 16 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 0 at Detroit Red Wings
Apr 18 Detroit Red Wings 1 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs win 4 games to 3


Only 2 times in North American Sports History has a team come back to win a series after trailing 3-0. In 75 the Isles did it to the Penguins, but that was in the quartefinals.

This time it was in th eStanley Cup FINALS.

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Toronto Maple Leafs win 4 games to 3

Only 2 times in North American Sports History has a team come back to win a series after trailing 3-0. In 75 the Isles did it to the Penguins, but that was in the quartefinals.

This time it was in the Stanley Cup FINALS.
I don't know if you could really call that a choke by Detroit. They were the inferior team. Toronto was choking in the first three games. During the regular season, they finished 19-25-4, in fifth place. Toronto finished in second place with a 27-18-3 record.

Toronto played the top seeded Rangers in the first round in a best of seven, while the 3rd seed played the 4th seed in a best of three series and 5th seed played the 6th in a best of three.

Nevertheless, it is an extraordinary thing to come back from a three-nothing deficit.

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1942 Stanley Cup Finals

Apr 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Apr 7 Detroit Red Wings 4 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Apr 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 5 at Detroit Red Wings
Apr 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 3 at Detroit Red Wings
Apr 14 Detroit Red Wings 3 9 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Apr 16 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 0 at Detroit Red Wings
Apr 18 Detroit Red Wings 1 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs win 4 games to 3


Only 2 times in North American Sports History has a team come back to win a series after trailing 3-0. In 75 the Isles did it to the Penguins, but that was in the quartefinals.

This time it was in th eStanley Cup FINALS.
WINNER!!!!!!

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WINNER!!!!!!
I thought the original poster was getting at a specific act or play that comprised the choke? and not a list of comebacks?

Like when Vancouver was up 2-0 on Detroit, and Cloutier allowed a Lidstrom shot from Center ice, changing the momentum, the clear turning point in the series.

Or when Mcsorley used an illegal stick in the finals against Mtl.

The Steve Smith goal was probably the all time worst. Salos' Belarussian goal was very close. I'd give the edge to Smith's goal, just because of the context, I mean it was the battle of Alberta!

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I have the game on tape and it is a choke job of epic proportions.

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I thought the original poster was getting at a specific act or play that comprised the choke? and not a list of comebacks?
Yeah, its more a list of goats than anything. After Kovalev's incident in the Montreal-Boston series this year where he took the tap on the arm and gave the puck to Glen Murray for the OT winning goal, TSN apparently did a top ten all time goats in sports history. I missed it unfortunately but I heard that Buckner topped the list and as far as hockey goes, included Steve Smith and Salo for sure. I don't know what the rest were. Be nice to get a hold of that video though.
As far as non-hockey goes, one of my all-time favourite dumb-a$$ moves is the homerun off of Jose Canseco's head. Brilliant!

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Be nice to get a hold of that video though.
As far as non-hockey goes, one of my all-time favourite dumb-a$$ moves is the homerun off of Jose Canseco's head. Brilliant!
Don't suppose its buried in TSN.ca's archives is it?

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Don't suppose its buried in TSN.ca's archives is it?
Well, I couldn't find it, but I don't have all that much patience...

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