Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/22/06 at 10:22 AM ET
When you look at the most important individual matchups in a National Hockey League playoff series, you don’t expect the common thread to be Switzerland. But when the Carolina Hurricanes kick off their playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens tonight, they’ll have Switzerland’s Martin Gerber in net. Canadian fans remember him as the guy who stopped 49 shots (well, 48 actually, but the video officials gave him one) in Switzerland’s 2-0 defeat of Canada in the recent Olympics. Down at the other end, in the Montreal goal, will be Cristobal Huet, a native of France but twice named goaltender of the year in the Swiss League. Should Huet run into difficulties, he’ll be replaced by David Aebischer, the first Swiss goalie to crack the NHL and a good friend of Gerber.read on
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