List some of your favourite moments of "heart" and "toughness"

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  1. Big Phil

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    Inspired by another thread. It got me thinking, of all the times we see the Kovalev's and Ribeiro's and Kozlov's of the world acting like they got shot out of a cannon why not do the opposite. Let's talk about moments where you just shook your head in disbelief at a player's courage. We'll keep it to on-ice moments since we were all impressed with Mario, Koivu etc. and their cancer recovery.

    Steve Yzerman 2004 playoffs - The guy gets a deflected slap shot in the eye and the only reason he goes down is because his knees buckled on him. He tries to get up and then slumps back down. He wanted to get to the bench. This is a guy who no one questions his heart and wouldn't blame him for staying down.

    Brendan Shanahan 1995 - I don't know if we will ever see this again. Shanahan has a broken ankle and he hops to the bench and climbs over it. He is writhing in pain. This is another case where no one would care if he didn't get up.

    Bob Baun 1964 - This is a story where the legend still hasn't surpassed the truth. Imagine scoring an overtime goal in the Cup final (arguably the most important goal in Leafs history) with a broken ankle. His foot was frozen, but still that takes a lot of heart.

    Bobby Clarke early 1980s - Can't say I've seen this before either. I know it was the early 1980s because Bourque was on the ice as a Bruin. He didn't take the shot but another Bruin did. It was a deflected shot that struck Clarke right in the head. He didn't go down, he barely flinched. He has no helmet and there is blood streaming down his face. He actually was getting ready for the faceoff. I myself say a lot of nasty things about Clarke the cheapshot artist but for this one time I have to give him credit.

    Rick Tocchet 1992 - He gets a broken jaw and comes back in the game and scores a goal (or two?). That's heart. I am not sure if this was in the Cup final or not.

    Paul Kariya 2003 - In general he has a "cream puff" reputation but taking the hit he took from Stevens and then getting right back up after he "came" to and scoring a lovely over the shoulder slap shot goal is pure poetry.
     
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    Bob Gainey playing in the 1984 playoffs with two separated shoulders.
     
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    Yzerman in the 2002 playoffs.

    Epic.
     
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    That was his 1,000th point.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BroBrg163bY&feature=player_embedded

    One to add was captain Dave Poulin: Game 7 of the Flyers-Islanders 1987 series. Poulin had a broken rib from the prior series against the Rangers and missed the first six game of this series. He had difficulty with the slightest movements including breathing and eating. For this game, Poulin donned a flak jacket and though he only played a few shifts he assisted on two first period goals. He also missed the first five games of the following series, this being the only game in a stretch of twelve in which he appeared.
     
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    Bobby Hull playing injured

    For several years now, the flights of Bobby Hull have been more and more turbulent. Ever since he started averaging 50 goals a year, in 1966, the superstar of the Chicago Black Hawks has been acquiring more than the usual number of stitches, sprains and fractures from those straining to stop him. This year—though it may well be his finest ever—is certainly among the most painful. The leading National Hockey League goal scorer and point getter is playing with a broken jaw.

    .....So Hull continues to play with an injury that would sideline many hockey players. Bobby's current state, in fact, reminds one of the 1963 Stanley Cup playoffs, during which he played with a nose so severely smashed that the fracture extended into his skull. With the Hawks one game from elimination, Hull ignored the orders of his doctors, checked out of a Chicago hospital and flew by himself to Detroit. That night—with both eyes blackened, his nose encased in tape and blood draining into his throat—he played against the Red Wings. He scored three goals and an assist, but even that heroic effort was not enough to avert a 7-4 Chicago loss.
     
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    i hated the fact he did it but, Keith took a Marleau shot to his mouth, lost 7 teeth, and still came back to play the third
     
  9. I think we kind of take for granted the Drurys Belangers Smyths and Keiths of the hockey world when they take a puck to the face and come back. It's not even a surprise when they come back anymore, it's a surprise when they don't come back.
     
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    Yzerman in the 2002 playoffs was an feat of heart and soul.
     
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    I believe it was the 2004 playoffs against the Bruins, and the Habs Steve Begin's face gets smashed against the top of the boards against the bench. Looked really ugly. Came back the game with a cage on.
     
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    <-------------- 93 & 94.
     
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    IIRC, he missed just one shift.

     
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    Lemieux returning off weeks of chemo treatment not to mention his lingering back problems and scoring(I think it was a goal and two assists) in his first game back against the Flyers, overtaking Lafontaine for the scoring title when he was trailing him by 16 or so points in March, and the team reeling off a record 17 straight victories in that time. They ran out of gas against a pesky Islanders team in the playoffs but what he did late that year was nothing short of astonishing
     
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    Meszaros gets hit in the face by a Babchuk slapshot. 64 stitches to his face/mouth and was going to come back out, but there wasnt enough time for him to get stitched up before the end of the game.

    IIRC he didnt miss a game after, played with a full cage till it healed. He was racking up 25+ minutes a night at that point due to injuries on D as well.
     
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    Jacques Demers win in 1993
     
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    can't believe no one's mentioned lappy's incidents last season.

    his heart and toughness were largely responsible for the flyer's cup run last year.
     
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    This wins.

    My nomination would be - Salo in the playoffs last year. Gets a ruptured testicle. Usually you aren't walking the next week after that, let alone play a game 2 nights later.

    Or Linden in 94. Played most of the playoffs with cracked ribs and a broken nose, and a black eye and playing the way he did. That makes me proud.
     
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    One of my all-time favourites.
     
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    No one mentioned Koivu yet.
     
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    I think here is one good example, about a guy who was willing to fight for his team. I think Flyers had a scoring opportunity and Kapanen was not willing to let the game stop. Man that must have really hurted...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS9dbVL7PKk
     
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    Darryl Sydor for the immediacy of it. He didn't get a whistle, but he was willing to sacrifice himself for his team. No Ripley's Believe It or Not type of play; just a man doing his part. It was beautiful.
     
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    Some good one's from recent years here.





     
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    When Bobby Boucher came back at halftime and the Mud Dogs went on to win the Bourbon Bowl.
     

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