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The ultimate warrior

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD – If you think NHL goalies have it bad, imagine defensemen!

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In addition to shutting down the opposition’s top snipers night after night, blue-liners are always there to throw themselves in harm's way to stop a 100-plus mph slap shot from ending up in the net. Just ask Josh Gorges.

“Unless something happens in the next 24 hours, I’ll be in the lineup against the Flyers,” confirmed Gorges, who left Wednesday’s game against the Capitals late in the first period

Normally for Gorges – who hasn’t missed a game all season – being in the lineup wouldn’t really be considered “news”. But after seeing the rugged 25-year-old lying in a heap on the ice after taking a Mike Green blast to the back of the head, the 21,273 fans at the Bell Centre, not to mention the millions of viewers watching from home, held their collective breath as Gorges was tended to by the Habs’ medical staff. The pool of blood left behind had everyone expecting the worst, but according to the Ironman himself, the only repairs necessary were a few quick stitches. 

“At the time I was kind of panicking. I couldn’t’ really tell where the puck had hit me and it took a second for my body to realize what had happened,” explained Gorges of his 123rd blocked shot of the season. The black and blue rearguard is currently eighth in the league in that category.

As tough as they come, Gorges was all smiles and back on the ice with his teammates on Thursday morning following their huge win over the Capitals, the best team in the NHL.

“I saw my helmet after it happened and it was pretty weird to see. You can actually see the imprint of the puck on it, but thankfully it didn’t crack,” described Gorges who has no intention of stopping his shot-blocking ways. “I don’t expect this to effect me. I’ve blocked a lot of shots in my career and a lot of them hurt. Whenever any of us step onto the ice there is a possibility of something like this happening. I might change my technique a bit, but I’ll still keep doing my job.”

Isn’t that the painful truth…

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for  Translated by Shauna Denis and Manny Almela.

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