TAMPA BAY – He laughed at the question.
“How many times have I been cut?” asked Dale Weise, Montreal’s rugged winger, in the dressing room after his overtime winner in Game 1 on Wednesday.
“Junior or pro?”
How about both?
“Total?” Weise said, “Two in junior, three in pro …
“Four in pro.”
You know it’s playoff hockey when a guy deemed unworthy of having a jersey by four organizations owns a moment in the spotlight. And there's no bigger moment than playoff overtime, and no better time for your first playoff goal. Weise, 25, was drafted 111th overall by the Rangers in 2008, and that was his third year eligible. On Wednesday he slammed a shot past Lightning goalie Anders Lindback late in the first overtime period and turned a sloppy Montreal performance into a 5-4 postseason masterpiece.
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Weise stood in his white socks at his stall after the game, sweat dappled on his brow and cameras gathered around him. One reporter outside theRead More »from Wily vet, unlikely hero lead Canadiens past Lightning in wild overtime opening to 2014 NHL playoffs