Marty McSorley's Curse of the Curved Stick

Marty McSorley’s Curse of the Curved Stick

Few Stanley Cup Final games have been as dramatic as Game 2 of the 1993 Finals where one play would influence the outcome of the rest of the series to a degree nobody could have predicted at the time.

Los Angeles - coming off an incredible Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Western Conference Finals (what Wayne Gretzky called the greatest performance of his career) - had already clinched a victory in Game 1 against Montreal.

Up 2-1 late in the third period of Game 2, the Kings were less than two minutes away from returning to Inglewood Forum with a 2-0 series lead.

With Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake taking care of business in the offensive zone, and Kelly Hrudey (remember the blue bandana?) stopping pucks in net, LA appeared to be en route to their first ever Cup returning home from Montreal with the momentum and a Hollywood bandwagon reception awaiting.

In an effort to salvage the series, Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers asked officials to measure Kings forward Marty McSorley's stick with 1:45 remaining.

The curve exceeded the maximum under NHL rules, and McSorley was sent to the penalty box for a deuce.

On that powerplay, the Canadiens pulled Patrick Roy for a 6-on-4 advantage. With his second goal of the game, D-man Eric Desjardins tied it with 1:13 left to play.

Desjardins scored again 51 seconds into overtime, completing the hat trick and evening up the series at one apiece.

The Canadiens won the next three games (another two in overtime) and the Stanley Cup.

There's a good chance that without McSorley's illegally curved stick - and the ensuing penalty - only 23 banners will remain in the Bell Centre rafters.

Nevertheless, you could say that measuring was the key to the Canadiens' success in the '93 Cup Finals.

So it is with lifting weights.

The only way to know whether you're making any progress in the weight room?

By measuring your numbers against - and surpassing - what you've done in the past.

That's why I have included tracking sheets for every single workout in Next Level Hockey Training 2.0.

Simply print them out, bring them with you to the gym, and write down your weights and reps for each exercise as you go through your training session.

That way, you'll never lose track of your progress.

And, will constantly set new personal bests.

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Yunus Barisik

Yunus Barisik, CSCS, specializes in making hockey players strong, fast and explosive. He has trained 500+ hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including T Nation, STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.

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