Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of the end of what was a 42-year Stanley Cup drought for the Detroit Red Wings. It was also the night that Red Wings tough guy Darren McCarty would be scoring his most memorable goal.
McCarty’s second-period breakaway tally against Philadelphia Flyers goalie and current Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall proved to be the Cup winner. Detroit edged Philly 2-1 to sweep to the first Red Wings Stanley Cup win since the spring of 1955.
I had no clue I took the two hander to the side of the head until the shiner after the game.
Honestly about an inch more and I would have lost my eye
And 💯 before you ask. TOTALLY WORTH IT
— Darren McCarty (@DarrenMcCarty4) June 7, 2022
While ending a long headache for the franchise, the tally also would be leading to a headache for McCarty. He took a high stick to the side of his head from Flyers defenseman Janne Niinimaa. Such was the adrenaline flowing for McCarty at the time of his goal, he wouldn’t be noticing the damage done until much later.
“I had no clue I took the two hander to the side of the head until the shiner after the game,” read a McCarty post on his Twitter feed. “Honestly about an inch more and I would have lost my eye.
“And 💯 before you ask. TOTALLY WORTH IT.”
McCarty also addressed a popular meme that refers to a 1999 game in which a skate cut to his face resulting in 40 stitches also necessitated McCarty finishing the game wearing a visor.
Visors Still Suck https://t.co/aFX17KOu2p
— Darren McCarty (@DarrenMcCarty4) June 5, 2022
This was something the tough guy simply wasn’t taking well then. He’s not changing his opinion of faceshields today, either.
“Visors still suck,” McCarty tweeted.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- NHL on TNT broadcasters Wayne Gretzky and Paul Bissonnette combining for an epic intro of Red Wings prospect Sebastian Cossa before Game 2 of the WHL final
- Detroit Hockey Now assesses the top 10 Red Wings prospects
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