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May 14, 2007
May 14, 2007

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May 14, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
NBA PLAYOFFS
Horse Racing
Tennis
  • In a loopy run-up to the French Open and Wimbledon, No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal played an exhibition on a half-grass (Federer's favorite) and half-clay (Nadal's specialty) surface. Advantage ... Nadal?

BOXING
NHL PLAYOFFS

My One and Only

Players stuck on the loneliest number

SCOTT MELLANBY, NHL RW
ONE CAREER HAT TRICK: March 6, 2003

This is an article from the May 14, 2007 issue Original Layout

THE JUST RETIRED forward—he called it quits after his Thrashers got bounced from the playoffs—scored more than 20 goals in a season eight times and netted 364 goals in his 20-year career, but only once did he score three in a game. That day, 1,209 games into his career, Mellanby helped the Blues beat the Coyotes 6--3, and he didn't let up after the headgear rained down onto the ice: He also scored a fourth. "And I hit the post on a fifth one," says the Montreal native. "It was one of those nights where the puck just kept coming to me in good areas." That he managed only that single spectacular performance, Mellanby says, is fitting. "It's reflective of my career. I don't think there are a lot of players who have played as long as I have who won't be in the Hall of Fame—and I won't be, I know that. My work ethic and my desire were my strongest qualities. I'm not a guy who scores pretty goals."

PHOTOBILL GREENBLATT UPI (MELLANBY)PHOTO