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NHL: Neely, Hall, Legend

As the Great 8 is lifted to the rafters, Shjon Podein and Swedish players hop on the Zamboni.

Updated: January 15, 2004, 10:55 AM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

Tonight in Boston, in the sterile, architecturally banal house built by a bank, the walls will shake. They will shake like the Garden shook when No. 8 plastered Petr Svoboda in front of the players' bench with a two-handed turbo shove to the torso that sent the then-Montreal Canadiens defenseman into the boards, echoing like a Tony Conigliaro home run over the Green Monster years before.

Some athletes are cheered, some respected, and some adored. The adored athlete helps define a sports ...

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