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Patrik Elias vs. Bret Hedican

Updated: May 4, 2006, 1:02 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

HERO -- PATRIK ELIAS

The skilled Czech forward missed the first 39 games of the NHL season recovering from a bout of hepatitis A incurred during the lockout when he was playing in Russia. At one point, the illness looked as though it might keep Elias from hockey for the entire season and there were concerns his career might be in jeopardy.

Fast forward to Elias' return to the lineup. At the time, coach Larry Robinson had quit and GM and team architect Lou Lamoriello ...

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