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Out in Edmonton, former high scoring wing Glenn Anderson was distinguished earlier this evening with the honor of having his number 9 jersey lifted to the rafters.

Anderson became the seventh Oiler to be honored in this manner and rightfully so.

He was a superb finisher and a big contributor to the Oilers spree of five Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1990.

He sits at 4th all-time on the NHL playoff points leader board behind former teammates Wayne Gretzky, Marrk Messier and Jari Kurri.

Anderson's ability to produce in the clutch gave former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith the hunch to make a deadline deal for him in exchange for fellow Hall of Famer Mike Gartner right in time for the Rangers 94' Cup run.

While he only scored six points throughout the Rangers trip throught the Eastern Conference bracket, he did notch the game winner in game three of the Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks. With his effort he became one of the few NHLer's to have been engraved on Lord Stanley 6 times without wearing a Montreal sweater.

His hard nosed style of attacking the net was always exciting to watch and when you think of the stellar supporting cast that aided Gretzky into orbit, Anderson's name is not far down the list.

Fight of the Night

Our fight of the night comes from Vancouver.

The Canuck's Darcy Hordichuk took on Columbus Blue Jacket Jared Boll (LH's #8 IS.com).

This was the Illinois native Boll's 15th fight major of the year and counting.

He doesn't win them all, but it does seem like he's gonna try to fight them all and as much as you may hate to admit it, he has shown steady improvemet with each bout.

Hordichuk has lost more then he has won this year, but considering he broke his foot in earlier December and only missed two games, there is no way you can deny his toughness.

-MB

 

Glenn Anderson

 

Hordichuk (4-5-2) vs Boll (3-8-4)

 

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