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"I got hit in the foot by a shot by Gordie Howe, so they took me to the Olympia infirmary. The guys who looked at it didn't think I could hurt it any more than I already had, so they froze it and I went back to play the game," recalls Baun, who had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher. "I knew it was broken; I didn't need any X-rays to tell me that. But I didn't want to miss the overtime. I told the trainer he had to do everything possible to get me out there. He gave me a shot of painkiller, which numbed the ankle, and taped it tight. Then I laced up my skate and went back to the bench."
His foot did turn out to be broken?Baun later jokingly called it "the best break I ever had"?but that didn't stop him. And for the Leafs, it was a good thing the stalwart defenseman decided to rejoin the action in game six. Just two minutes into the overtime, Baun made himself a hockey legend. He took a pass from Bob Pulford near the blue line. His shot deflected off the skate of Detroit's Bill Gadsby, past Terry Sawchuk and into the net. Two nights later, the Leafs won game seven, and with it the Stanley Cup.
Dudes recounting stories of hockey players playing while hurt, my favourite story is New York Islanders' Brendan Witt. The Islanders were playing in Philadelphia and Witt went out for a coffee before the game. As he was crossing the street, he was hit by a truck. He flew 5 feet and landed on the pavement. He then got up, swore at the guy driving the truck, and when bystanders asked him if he was okay he said "I've got to go play some hockey. I'm a hockey player. I'm okay. No big deal." One of the people who saw it said "I really thought a Hollywood movie was being made. I was looking around for cameras. I can’t believe how tough this guy is. It’s insanity."
Witt had 17 minutes and 2 seconds of ice time against the Flyers in the game that started shortly afterwards. Not sure what the damage to the truck was like.