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"Sugar" Phil Sauve

Wednesday, 01.03.2007 / 10:24 AM / News
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\"Sugar\" Phil Sauve

Today begins Philippe Sauve’s "third" stint with the Bruins. Put your record books away, yes he was called up yesterday after being called up earlier this season after being acquired from Phoenix.

HOWEVER…

When the movie "The Rocket" was filmed in 2005, Sauve played a part in one of the film’s vivid depictions of one of Maurice Richard’s most memorable moments with the Canadiens -- shaking Boston goalie "Sugar" Jim Henry’s hand following an especially brutal meeting between the two ancient hockey rivals.

In Mr. Henry’s obituary, from January 30, 2004, the Boston Globe described his career and the scene:

Mr. Henry played for the Bruins from 1951 to 1955, retiring after a shot shattered his eye socket in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. At the beginning of his stay here, he played in every minute of 210 consecutive games.

This trademark toughness was captured in one of the most dramatic images in Bruins history. The photo showed Mr. Henry, face puffy and right eye blackened, shaking hands with Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, himself blood-streaked and black-eyed, following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals on April 8, 1952.
Richard, who had been knocked unconscious in the first period, had just scored an overtime goal against Mr. Henry, sending Montreal to the Cup finals.

Samuel James Henry, who got his nickname from a love for brown sugar, began his career with the New York Rangers in 1941. In the 1945-46 season, Mr. Henry and Chuck Rayner formed the NHL’s first goaltending platoon…The Rangers traded Mr. Henry to Chicago in 1948. In his 14-year career, he played in 406 games, with a record of 161-173-70 and a goals-against average of 2.87.


Sauve was acquired by the Bruins from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Tyler Redenbach on November 14, 2006.

He has appeared in one game for the Bruins, playing 29 minutes in no-decision relief of Tim Thomas on November 24 against the Carolina Hurricanes. In the single appearance he faced 15 shots, allowing two goals.

While with Providence, Sauve has seen action in 13 games, and has a record of 4-8-1, with a goals-against average of 3.44.

If you haven’t seen the film, which, next to "Miracle," I consider it the best hockey movie ever brought to the screen.

Seriously, find a copy and enjoy.

Sure, the Bruins are the bad guys through most of it, but, hey, what do you want from a movie about a member of Canadiens?

Here we go Bruins, here we go!

Off to practice.
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