Dany Sabourin

Dany Sabourin was a well travelled journeyman goaltender who will always be remembered for his shocking appearance in the 2007 playoffs.

On May 3rd in 2007, Vancouver Canucks backup backstop Dany Sabourin surprised everyone, including GM Dave Nonis and especially the fans, by starting the overtime period against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals in place of netminder Roberto Luongo.

Originally thought to be an equipment issue, Luongo later revealed his absence was due to untimely diarrhea. A subsequent tweet and explanation on CBC's After Hours confirmed that Lou was in the loo.

Anaheim beat Vancouver 2-1 in double overtime, taking the series 4-1

He made five saves at the beginning of that hectic first overtime until Luongo could get back in.

"[Rick] Bowness came up to me and said put your helmet on, put your glove on, you're going in," Sabourin said.

"It was surprising. But he had a problem so we had no choice."

Sabourin said he felt proud about his performance, during which he kept his head clear.

"I didn't want to get too deep in my net and it worked," Sabourin said.

He was in the game for 3:34 until Luongo came back.

As he was coming back into the game, Luongo passed by Sabourin and shared some words for his backup.

"He said, 'I'm sorry to put you in that spot,' " Sabourin said. "He said it in French and he said it fast. I knew he said it fast because he had to get back into the net."

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said he was impressed with the way Sabourin handled the situation.

"It wasn't an easy situation to put him in, we told him just three or four minutes before that he was going in," Vigneault said. "We told him something was wrong. I really liked Roberto's reaction because he knew he had put his buddy in a tough spot."

Sabourin turned his brief appearance into a two year contract as Pittsburgh's back-up goaltender.


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