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BUFFALO, N. Harrison Butker Youth Jersey .Y. -- Dominik Hasek is not a goaltender anymore. He hasnt taken his customary place between the posts since his last game on Feb. 27, 2011 for Spartak Moscow of the KHL. He has thought and talked about playing since, but never followed through. "My equipment is still in the same bag," he said. Even when the 49-year-old plays with friends once or twice a week, Hasek plays as a defenceman. Forty years as a goalie was enough. And its unlikely the man nicknamed "The Dominator" can capture the kind of performances that made him one of the best goaltenders in his era, alongside Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur. Hasek played his final NHL game five years ago, and then officially retired in 2012. Its taken time since he left the league for his true place in NHL history to come into focus. Six Vezina Trophies as the leagues best goaltender, two Hart Trophies as MVP, one Olympic gold medal, six first-team all-star selections and two Stanley Cups -- one as a starter -- dont even tell the whole story. Few goalies during the 1990s and 2000s could do what Hasek did to opponents. "He mentally and physically intimidated you," said St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who beat Hasek in the 1999 Cup final with the Stars. "I think there were games that you knew you were never going to score on him, and I think it was very discouraging at times. I think thats a great quality. Id never seen the guy quit on a puck, Id never seen the guy give up on anything. And thats hard to play against." Haseks .922 save percentage is the best of any goalie since the league started keeping track in 1982-83. His 2.02 goals-against average is the best in the modern era, slightly lower than Ken Dryden and Brodeur. Brodeur has many more shutouts, but when Hasek was on his game, he had the ability to almost will teams to win. "He makes a team believe," ex-Sabres and current Stars coach Lindy Ruff said in a phone interview. "You just start believing that with him in goal you can win any given night." Ruff recalled times when Hasek was so locked in that "we really only had to score one. And if we got two, it was almost guaranteed-win night." Hasek, who is being inducted into the Sabres hall of fame Saturday night and will be the first NHL player to have the number 39 retired next season, wanted victories more than trophies or honours. "I want to be remembered as a competitor who gave the teams always (the chance) to win the game," Hasek said Friday at First Niagara Center. "As a great goalie, as the person or goalie who gave the team (a chance) to always win the game. Thats what was hockey for me. I enjoyed my time, I enjoyed when I played here and any time I step on the ice my goal is to win the game and try to help my teammates win the game." Hasek will forever trail Brodeur (three Cups with the New Jersey Devils) and Roy (four, two each with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche), and one of his two in Detroit came as Chris Osgoods backup. But Hasek could potentially have won another title in 1999, had it not been for Brett Hulls controversial skate-in-the-crease overtime series winner in Game 6. A Cup there would have burnished Haseks legacy even more, but its not something that he laments 15 years later. "Its part of the life," he said. "Sometimes you win, sometimes you come close and you dont win it the whole way. It was an unfortunate night for us, it was something disappointing, but for me it wasnt end of my life." Far from it. In fact, Hasek teamed up with Hull to win the Cup in 2002 with the Red Wings, posting six shutouts along the way. "Winning a Stanley Cup anywhere, its hard," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan, who spoke with Hasek Friday for the first time since Nolan was fired in Buffalo in 1997. "Its hard and all the stars have to line up. They didnt quite line up here but he went and lined it up in Detroit pretty well." In 1999, Hasek had two shutouts and a playoff-best .939 save percentage in almost getting the Sabres their first championship in franchise history. Stars centre Joe Nieuwendyk won the Conn Smythe Trophy, but it easily couldve gone to Hasek even in a losing effort. "We were a huge underdog, obviously, going through the playoffs," Ruff said. "I thought that our team really fed off of Doms performance for the most part. He wouldve been able to take a team that wasnt supposed to get there and win it." Haseks dominant prime lasted six seasons, from 1993-94 through 1998-99, when he led the league in save percentage every single time and came away with five of his six career Vezinas. Asked about those years, Hasek smiled and brushed off the notion that it mightve been the best stretch any goalie has ever played. "I dont think about this that way," Hasek said. "I got a chance to prove, to become starting goalie and after that I had, I dont know, six, seven years, which we had great teams, we made it every year to the playoffs except one of nine years." Hasek proved much more than that, something that will more than likely be validated with induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. "For me its a no-brainer," Ruff said. "I think he definitely stands as one of the best. He was on the cutting edge of the way a lot of goaltenders play. Always looking for a way to be better. He could take a team a long ways with the way he played." Hasek isnt carrying teams anymore, instead living back home in the Czech Republic and working "a little bit" in hockey and also in business. As much as hed appreciate it, making the Hall of Fame was never his goal, and thats not his focus even now. "There are new goals in life and always something new to prove. The hockey career is something what is behind me," Hasek said. "What great years, what fantastic things to do something what you enjoy, what you love to do, and be very well paid and be around the people who you love and spend great time with them. However its part of the life that every professional player has to retire some day, and you wake up and you enjoy your life different ways." Taylor Moton Youth Jersey . Fabio Fognini pulled off a surprise 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray to level the best-of-five quarterfinal at 2-2 before Andreas Seppi defeated James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive match. Curtis Samuel Womens Jersey . Hollis-Jefferson went 5-for-6 from the field and added six rebounds, while Stanley Jefferson contributed 14 points for the Wildcats, who used their trademark tough defense to dominate the games final 24 minutes and advance to Tuesdays winners bracket matchup with Kansas State. http://www.footballpanthersstore.us/Black-Friday-Taylor-Moton-Jersey/ . Gauteng High Court Judge Dunstan Mlambo ruled Tuesday that South African media houses will be allowed to install three remote controlled cameras in court for the Olympic athletes trial starting next week to capture images that likely will be seen by millions around the world.LOS ANGELES -- Travis Wood took his share of lumps in August, losing three in a row for the scuffling Chicago Cubs. He ended the month with a bang, outpitching Clayton Kershaw in a matchup of All-Star lefties. Wood limited the Dodgers to one unearned run in a 3-2 victory Tuesday night that snapped Chicagos eight-game skid against first-place Los Angeles. "To go seven innings and give up one run is huge," Wood said. "Hes pretty much the best pitcher in the game. I was fortunate to go out and make some good pitches and keep us in there. You know hes bringing his A game and his B game is pretty solid." Wood (8-10) allowed five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two for his first victory since July 28 at San Francisco. "He matched him pitch for pitch and actually outdid him," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That was as good a stuff as hes had in a long time." Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth to earn his 27th save in 32 chances. The Cubs, who had lost eight of 10, ended their longest slide against Los Angeles with their first win at Dodger Stadium since 2011. After losing 6-2 against Zack Greinke in the series opener, the Cubs caught Kershaw on a decidedly off-night for the ace who came in with a major league-leading 1.72 ERA. Kershaws streak of 18 scoreless innings, dating to Aug. 17, ended in the third when the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. "We battled and took advantage of the few mistakes he made," Sveum said. "Its pretty much one of our most satisfying wins, thats for sure." Kershaw (13-8) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander struck out nine and walked three. "Youre never going to have your best stuff every game, so youve got to figure out ways to get some guys out regardless," he said. "There were too many guys on base, too many walks, too many times behind in the count. Unfortunately, I couldnt go deeper into the game for our guys, buut I was just trying to limit the damage. Daeshon Hall Womens Jersey. quot; Cody Ransom hit Kershaw in the left ankle leading off the sixth, and the pitcher departed the game four batters later after giving up a two-out single to Starlin Castro, who got two hits off Kershaw to end an 0 for 13 career drought against him. Dioner Navarros RBI single scored Wood, who singled leading off the third. Kershaw was more impressed with Woods throwing. "Hes an All-Star for a reason," Kershaw said. "He kept us off-balance and had a good cutter working the whole game." Los Angeles trailed 3-2 in the eighth on Andre Ethiers RBI single up the middle. The Dodgers had the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker grounded into an inning-ending double play. "He went after guys with the fastball," Navarro said of Wood. "It was a great group effort." The Cubs made it 2-0 in the sixth on Castros RBI single. Ransoms single to third bounced off Kershaw, and Darnell McDonald walked. Cole Gillespie struck out before Ransom took third on Kershaws wild pitch. He struck out Wood and then Castro singled. Chicago extended its lead to 3-1 in the seventh on pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevics double-play groundout that scored Navarro, who singled leading off. The Dodgers closed to 2-1 in the sixth on Juan Uribes RBI single with two outs that scored Hanley Ramirez, who singled and took second on Woods throwing error. Notes: The Cubs improved to 31-35 on the road compared to 25-41 at home. ... Kershaw is three strikeouts from posting his fourth straight 200-strikeout/200-inning season. ... The announced sellout crowd of 52,326 made the Dodgers the first major league team to surpass 3 million for the season. It is the quickest the club has reached that mark since 2008, when it also did so on Aug. 19 in the 67th home game. The Dodgers have totalled 3,048,474 in attendance. ... Chicago natives Bob Newhart and John C. Reilly attended the game. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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