"I looked like Denis Lemieux out there with no helmet," Martin Brodeur said with a laugh yesterday to open his post-game media scrum.
"Slap Shot," Brodeur said.
Oh, that Denis Lemieux. That movie is more than 30 years old, but it's still familiar to everyone in the hockey world.
The play in question came in the third period when the Americans frantically were trying to get back into the game against Canada. They were crashing the net and when Brodeur went down, American forward Mark Parrish went on top of him and Brodeur's helmet came off.
The puck came loose, but as soon as a goalie loses his helmet, play has to be whistled dead.
Did Brodeur intentionally get rid of the headgear?
"Not really," he said.
Not really? Does that mean he did?
"Well I kinda went like this," Brodeur said, shaking his head and laughing, "a little harder than I was supposed to. But we got a whistle out of it."