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Hockey's lowest moments ranked

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Sports Illustrated has compiled its top 10 embarrassing moments in NHL post-expansion history and the Maple Leafs can breathe easy that they missed the cut. Here's the list, put together by Hockey Hall of Fame writer Michael Farber:

1. Steve Smith firing the puck off Grant Fuhr into his own net in the 1986 playoffs against hated rival Calgary, ultimately denying the Edmonton Oilers five straight Stanley Cups.

2. John Spano "buying" the New York Islanders in 1997 for $168 million US. When it was revealed that the Dallas businessman had no money, he received jail time, while the league got a hard lesson in due diligence.

3. Marty McSorley and Todd Bertuzzi, for their cheap shots heard around the hockey world.

4. Bob Clarke's bizarre rant against cancer-stricken Philadelphia Flyers coach Roger Neilson in 2001.

5. The cancellation of the 2004-05 season.

6. Patrick Roy's hotdog save on Steve Yzerman in the 2002 playoffs. The Avalanche stopper held up the puck to taunt the Red Wings' star, only to see it pop out of his mitt and into the net. Colorado lost the game and the series to the eventual Cup champs.

7. The Boston Garden blackout in the 1988 Cup final. With Bruins fans fumbling their way home in the dark, the game was moved to Edmonton where the Oilers won the Cup.

8. Mel Bridgman got his wires crossed and made two ineligible selections at the 1992 expansion draft, setting the Ottawa Senators on a rocky road to respectability.

9. Angry at losing a 1988 playoff game, Jim Schoenfeld invited referee Don Koharski to "have another doughnut" on national TV. When Schoeny tacked "you fat pig" on the end of the sentence, the NHL suspended the coach. The Devils went to court to reinstate him, prompting the officials to stage a one-day strike.

10. With victory over the Montreal Canadiens in sight in the '79 playoffs, Don Cherry lost track of his Bruins bench. The too-many-men penalty allowed the Habs back in and they went all the way to a fourth championship.


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