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Octopus-gate takes another dramatic turn

Sobotka gets last laugh

April 25, 2008

The game marked the Wings' second at the Joe since being slapped with a octopus-twirling ban by the NHL late in round one.

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But the saga of Octopus-Gate came up when a giant specimen landed on the ice in the usual spot; with Al Sobotka denied his right to twirl, it was up to linesman Jean Morin to shovel away the creature.

One problem: The size required help from one of the referees, and Morin had to spend several minutes making sure the ice was clean of debris.

Sobotka got the last cheer, anyway: He twirled the octopus down the Zamboni tunnel, an image broadcast to fans' delight on the Jumbotron.

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