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More info on Jacques Plante

Updated: October 31, 2000, 10:27 AM ET
By Bob Carter | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Game Nov. 1, 1959 - Nothing could mask the facial damage on the night Jacques Plante went down in Madison Square Garden. Nothing, that is, but a mask.

Early in the first period, a hard backhander by the Rangers' Andy Bathgate struck Plante in the face, a screened shot the Montreal goaltender never saw. The game was delayed while Plante, his face bleeding and swollen, received seven stitches.

The goalie told coach Toe Blake he didn't want to return without his mask, a crude ...

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