Hockey Central
Here are some great quotes on Le Magnifique!
This is from the Goalies...
"You never have any idea what to expect. His face is so calm. He shows no sign of stress or anything. A lot of goaltenders get nervous when he's coming at them with that face. It's as if he's saying, 'No problem. Relax. I'm just going to beat you now. It's not going to hurt a bit.' That's what shakes a lot of goaltenders. If he knows he's going to beat you for sure, it's easy to decide he's right."
- Dominic Roussel
"Most of the time when you see him coming, you might as well bend over and kiss your ass goodbye."
- Wendell Young
"Mario is the only guy in the league who, when he has a breakaway - even when there's a guy chasing him - you pretty much know you're going to have to make a great save. He kind of attacks you. The big, menacing figure is in front of you before you know it, and you have a split second to make the play. Last time, I tried coming out and poke-checking him. I missed. He didn't."
- Sean Burke
"They ought to add another six to his uniform. Then he can wear number 666, like the Antichrist. That's what he is. He's the Antichrist."
- Tim Cheveldae
"Usually when you play a team, you want to focus on one line. Pittsburgh is the only team where you have to focus on one player. When he's coming toward you, all you see is him. Of course, after he makes a great pass, you have to worry about all the great players around him."
- Patrick Roy
"He'll come down and throw three or four fakes at me, and often I'm not sure if he's going to go north, south, east, or west. The only thing I can do is try to stay with the puck. Somewhere between the fakes and the dekes is where a goalie gets in trouble. You have to totally focus on the puck and not worry about what he's doing. If you can do that, the odds are best. But even then the odds are not in your favor."
- Mark Fitzpatrick
"It was a terrible sight to see. If you give him an inch, he'll put it in the net. I thought he was going to shoot glove-high, so I was guarding against that, and instead he put it right through the five-hole."
- Guy Hebert
"There's no book on Mario. It's not like he has a favorite thing that he does over and over. Every time it's a different adventure. And you know that if he does the things that he wants to do, the puck's going to go in the net. He's the most dangerous man I've ever faced."
- Peter Sidorkiewicz
"He was my idol. I always heard about him, growing up, but I tried my best not to think about him before this game. Then he scored on the first shot. I don't know if that was good or bad."
- Felix Potvin
"On the power play he's even more dangerous. Then they have time to set up a play. He'll either bury it, like he did to me, or pass it at the last split second to a guy who'll have an empty net."
- Craig Billington
" just have to hope that his back goes out or pray the puck starts bouncing or he makes a mistake-and that doesn't happen very often."
- Peter Sidorkiewicz
"As soon as he gets the puck, you think to yourself, It's him, he's got it, and he's coming to get you."
- Sean Burke
"You know you can't stop him. You just hope to contain him. He'll do anything to keep you off-balance. And you know what? It works."
- Tim Cheveldae