Sport: The Rocket

In four powerful, gliding strides that left his pursuers flatfooted, Maurice ("The Rocket") Richard was off and skating at top speed, skimming down the ice toward the Detroit goal. To Richard, the Red Wing goalie was more than an opponent. He was a bitter enemy, a monstrous mass of protective padding designed to stop what Richard enjoys doing most: scoring goals. Detroit Goalie Terry Sawchuck, with a last-ditch deflection, stopped the Rocket's shot, but in ten seasons of National Hockey League play, few goalies have been able to stop the Montreal Canadiens' Richard...

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