Cialis okay for women Last night’s Rangers-Sabres game served as a backdrop for a potential bit of history. Cialis okay for women No, cialis okay for women it had nothing to do with the Rangers having a goal disallowed in three straight games. Cialis okay for women Rather, cialis okay for women it has everything to do with the Blueshirts facing the possibility of entering a game without any healthy goaltenders.

Cialis okay for women When Henrik Lundqvist arrived at the Garden late Thursday afternoon, cialis okay for women the flu bug that has been running through the Rangers hit The King hard so backup Martin Biron got the start on short notice. Cialis okay for women Disaster almost struck during warmups when eventual-hero Artem Anisimov hit Biron in the sternum – a shot that took Biron a few minutes to recover from.

Cialis okay for women With Chad Johnson not likely to make it to MSG prior to the start of the game, cialis okay for women Lundqvist served as the “backup goaltender” but spent the night in the Rangers lockerroom.

Cialis okay for women Ranger fans know all about the exploits of Lester Patrick’s stint as an emergency backup during the team’s first Stanley Cup run. Cialis okay for women The 44-year-old “Silver Fox” had no other choice but to replace injured netminder Lorne Chabot during the second period of the Game 2 of the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals against the Montreal Maroons.

Cialis okay for women Back in the day, cialis okay for women teams only dressed one goaltender but were permitted to use an available goaltender in the case of such an emergency. Cialis okay for women However, cialis okay for women Maroons coach Eddie Gerard refused to let Patrick use Ottawa’s starting goalie Alex Connell. Cialis okay for women Gerard also nixed the use of minor leaguer Hugh McCormick.

Cialis okay for women That Patrick went between the pipes was not as crazy as it might seem. Cialis okay for women During Patrick’s playing days as a defenseman, cialis okay for women it was common for goaltenders to serve their own penalties. Cialis okay for women While playing in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, cialis okay for women Patrick often filled in as the “goalie” whenever the starting goalie was in the penalty box.

Cialis okay for women As history reminds us, cialis okay for women Patrick allows just one goal and the Blueshirts win in overtime. Cialis okay for women The NHL allowed the Rangers to use New York Americans goalie Joe Miller for the rest of the series. Cialis okay for women After losing Game 3, cialis okay for women Miller won the next two games while allowing one goal as the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in only their second season in existence.

Cialis okay for women It was not until the 1950-51 season that the NHL changed their rules in respect to goaltenders. Cialis okay for women The league mandated that all home teams provide an emergency backup goaltender, cialis okay for women with full equipment, cialis okay for women to be used in case of illness or injury to the starting goalie.

Cialis okay for women The NHL did not make dressing two goaltenders mandatory until the 1965-66 season.

Cialis okay for women Despite this change, cialis okay for women the Rangers nearly saw another GM/Coach don the pads for an NHL game almost 41 years after Patrick did.

Cialis okay for women On February 9, cialis okay for women 1969, cialis okay for women the metropolitan area was struck with a blizzard and the Rangers were set to play the Philadelphia Flyers that Sunday night. Cialis okay for women With no cancellation in sight – and uncertain that either Eddie Giacomin or Don Simmons would make it to the Garden – Emile Francis leaped into action.

Cialis okay for women The Cat, cialis okay for women 43, cialis okay for women went into his magic bag of tricks and pulled out an NHL contract with his name on it. Cialis okay for women Francis signed his $1 contract as he was ready to face his first NHL action since 1952 when he replaced an injured Chuck Rayner in goal. Cialis okay for women Francis had played since the 1959-60 season in the Western Hockey League.

Cialis okay for women Francis was denied the chance to be the hero when Simmons made it to the Garden and backstopped the Rangers to a 3-3 tie with the Flyers.

Cialis okay for women Prior to the 1981-82 season, cialis okay for women the NHL adjusted their rules to allow a team to dress and play an eligible goalie that is available if both goaltenders are incapacitated.

Cialis okay for women During the last couple of years, cialis okay for women NHL teams have had to rely on this rule change in order to dress a second goaltender.

Cialis okay for women In December 2008, cialis okay for women the Washington Capitals had to sign their web site producer to be their emergency backup goaltender – as they received special permission from the NHL to dress three goaltenders. Cialis okay for women

Cialis okay for women Brett Leonhardt, cialis okay for women who played four years of Division III hockey, cialis okay for women signed an amateur contract with the Caps. Cialis okay for women The NHL version of Joe Hardy took the warmups with Washington and spent the first 10 minutes sitting on the bench as Brent Johnson’s backup. Cialis okay for women Leonhardt’s dream ended when Simeon Varlamov arrived in Washington after flying in from Texas – where his AHL Hershey team had played the night before.

Cialis okay for women The situation came up again this past March when the Edmonton Oilers went hunting for an emergency backup goaltender. Cialis okay for women The Oilers were set to start Jeff Deslauriers against Vancouver; however, cialis okay for women Devan Dubnyk’s nasty bout with the flu kept him out of the lineup.

Cialis okay for women According to the Edmonton Journal, cialis okay for women the Oilers had gone emergency goaltender hunting earlier in the year when Nikolai Khabibulin was hurt and Edmonton did not have enough time to bring anyone in from their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Cialis okay for women The Oilers solved their problem by bringing in Torrie Jung – a goalie with the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings. Cialis okay for women However, cialis okay for women the Oil Kings were not at home and a goalie from the University of Alberta was not an option because they were away as well.

Cialis okay for women In the end, cialis okay for women the Oilers ended up signing third string University of Calgary goalie Nathan Deobald to an amateur tryout contract. Cialis okay for women Deobald was no stranger to filling in as an emergency goalie. Cialis okay for women The lone game he played with the University of Calgary came against the University of Alberta in a playoff game.

Cialis okay for women According to the University of Calgary’s web site, cialis okay for women regular starter Dustin Butler was injured in Game 1 and backup Jeff Weber was ejected and suspended after Game 1.

Cialis okay for women Deobold started Game 2 and made 27 saves in a 3-1 loss.

Cialis okay for women Interestingly enough, cialis okay for women Deobald’s stint with the Oilers was not his first taste of the NHL. Cialis okay for women He spent time with the Calgary Flames as a practice player during the Olympic break as Miikka Kiprusoff was off representing Finland.

Cialis okay for women Given Lundqvist’s dilemma last night, cialis okay for women it does give one pause to wonder what the Rangers would do in an emergency basis. Cialis okay for women I suppose they could use Derek Boogaard in goal, cialis okay for women but why waste his slapshot in goal .

Cialis okay for women I know that Rangers had used Chad Killam, cialis okay for women a goalie with Division III Manhattanville, cialis okay for women in the past as a practice goalie. Cialis okay for women I am not sure if he still fills in or not, cialis okay for women but given how much money the Rangers are paying to bury Wade Redden in the AHL, cialis okay for women if it would be worth “signing” a former collegiate goalie to serve as practice netminder/goaltender insurance. Cialis okay for women They could keep him around the team by finding him a job with Jerry Dineen and the video crew.

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