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New York Rangers Fan Club

Rangers Time Capsule
by Matt Pennino

Sunday, June 22 2003


A Beautiful Bust

The Rangers have had some of hockey's best goaltenders over the years - Dave Kerr, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Giacomin, and Mike Richter. They've also been stuck with one of the worst.

The record books show that Steve Buzinski, a little man who weighed only 140 pounds, served a nine-game stint with the Rangers during the 1942-43 season.

"I thought I had seen some lousy goaltending during my career in hockey," coach Frank Boucher recalled, "but all the sieves I'd seen were aces compared to Buzinski. One night in Detroit, the Red Wings plastered nine goals passed him in the first two periods. In the third period, Buzinski rushed from his net, caught the puck in his glove, and tumbled in an awkward heap on the ice. Ott Heller went over to help him up and heard Buzinski say, 'Just like pickin' cherries, Ott.'"

Lynn Patrick had this to say about his former teammate: "We were playing Toronto one night and when the Leafs scored an easy goal, Buzinski swooned to the ice as he did an average of once every period. He lay there, apparently unconscious, while blood trickled from a tiny cut on his cheek. We turned to the referee and argued that he'd been hit by a Leaf stick by a player in the crease and the goal shouldn't count. The Leafs argued that it was a puck that did the damage."
"Suddenly Buzinski sat bolt upright. "It was a stick, dammit!" he shouted, and fell back unconscious again.

"All the players on the ice stopped arguing and started laughing. We even went over to the benches to tell the rest of the guys what had happened. Buzinski gave us enough funny moments to make up for all the pain he caused us. Well, almost………"

"How did he fare in those nine games he played for us? Well, he gave up about six goals a game (5.89 goals-against average), which must be one of the highest in history."

In 1984, Buzinski was interviewed about his NHL career and admitted he'd made the remark about "pickin' cherries".

"But I have no recollection of that other incident where I suddenly woke up and claimed it was a stick that hit me." He then laughed and said, "But it sounds like something I would do. In wartime hockey, you had to keep your sense of humor."

"Steve was a beautiful little guy," said Boucher. "He was earnest and sincere and we all liked him tremendously. There was just one little problem. He couldn't stop a puck worth a damn."

No wonder he became known as Steve Buzinski - the Puck Goes Inski.

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  Capitals 46 30 11 5 65  
  Bruins 46 27 8 11 65  
  Penguins 45 28 12 5 61  
  Islanders 43 27 12 4 58  
  Lightning 44 27 13 4 58  
  Maple Leafs 45 24 15 6 54  
  Hurricanes 45 27 16 2 56  
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  Panthers 44 23 16 5 51  
  Sabres 46 20 19 7 47  
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