In addition to tipping the comeback of 43 year old, four-time Stanley Cup winner/Kris Draper assassin Claude Lemieux, the New York Post’s Larry Brooks dropped the following tidbit into Sunday’s column :

In the World According to Bob Clarke, waving arms in a goaltender’s face and saying unspeakable things on the ice to opponents the way Sean Avery did and does, is crossing the line.

Breaking an opponent’s ankle with an intentional two-hand slash as Clarke did to the resplendent Valery Kharlamov in Game 6 of the epochal 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series, however, is the act of a national hero.