Gunnarsson's 'Pee Game' deserves its rightful place in sports folklore

During the 1997 NBA Finals with the series tied at two, Michael Jordan, while suffering from heavy “flu-like symptoms” (quite possibly a massive hangover if we’re being honest), not only played in the pivotal Game 5, but was the best player on the floor.

Scoring 38 points while playing 44 minutes, MJ’s epic effort was forever tabbed ‘The Flu Game’ — one of the the most famous and recognizable single-game efforts in sports history.

Now, 22 years later, a new king has emerged in the form of Carl Gunnarsson’s epic “Pee Game.”

What the hell is the ‘Carl Gunnarsson Pee Game,’ you might be wondering? Well, for those who didn’t get a chance to catch the St. Louis Blues’ overtime win over the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday — or see the quotes and stories floating around after the final buzzer — you’re in for a treat.

Essentially, after ringing a smoker off the post with under two minutes remaining in regulation, Gunnarsson claimed a piece of porcelain directly beside head coach Craig Berube and settled in for much-needed relief.

It was there, with coach and over-hydrated defenseman standing side-by-side at their respective toilets sharing a nice pee, that Gunnarsson uttered the words that should forever be entrenched in hockey folklore.

“He said he just needed one more shot,” said Berube after the toilet water settled on St. Louis’ critical Game 2 victory. “I liked hearing it.

“He had a hell of a game, I thought, and I’m really happy for him that he ended up getting the game winner. He hit the post in the third period there and he felt good about himself obviously, which he should have.”

Asked if the legendary exchange with Berube actually happened in the “pisser,” Gunnarsson confirmed that he was indeed relieving himself while he posed his prediction.

“Yeah, I can’t deny that. That’s where it happened,” Gunnarsson said. “It makes it even more fun, I guess.”

Gunnarsson posting up at the urinal beside his head coach and relaying his premonition to Berube while urine flowed from his nether regions is a serious power move on its own, but the fact that the Blues d-man delivered by scoring one of the biggest goals in franchise history less than four minutes into the OT period made this arguably the most satisfying guarantee in sports history.

It might not become as famous as MJ’s Flu Game, but this steamy prediction from Gunnarsson while taking a soaker beside the guy that controls his ice time has to rank right up there with some of the most iconic “guarantee” moments ever.

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 12: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes checks Sean Kuraly #52 of the Boston Bruins during the first period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MAY 13: Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of the San Jose Sharks hits the glass in front of Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 13, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - MAY 17: Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks gives up a goal to the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center on May 17, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 7: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Dallas Stars crashes into Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues after taking a shot on goal in Game Seven of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Enterprise Center on May 7, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 30: Matt Duchene #95 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after beating Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins for a goal during the second period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 30, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27: Matt Duchene #95 of the Columbus Blue Jackets loses his helmet as he battles for the puck with Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 25: Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Jason Spezza #90 of the Dallas Stars as Colton Parayko #55 of the St. Louis Blues defends in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Enterprise Center on April 25, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 23: Sean Kuraly #52 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Maple Leafs 5-1. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) takes a shot on goal while Carolina Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) defends during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak, right, is upended after a check by Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho (20), of Finland, during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
St. Louis Blues' Robert Bortuzzo (41) fights for the puck with San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc, left, and Marcus Sorensen (20) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Monday, May 13, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) watches play as St. Louis Blues left wing Sammy Blais (9) is knocked into the net by defenseman Ben Lovejoy (21) during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (29) and Dallas Stars right wing Brett Ritchie (25) compete for control of a loose puck during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51), of Finland, leaps over Carolina Hurricanes center Clark Bishop, bottom, while competing for the puck during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (88) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow, center, celebrates with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring the winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during overtime of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin, foreground, celebrates after scoring a goal in front of San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, center, during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) is pushed into the net by Ben Lovejoy (21) who helps defend against a pressure from Nashville Predators' Colton Sissons (10) in the second period of Game 6 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with teammates Nathan MacKinnon (29), Tyson Barrie (4) and Cale Makar (8) during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 19, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) slashes San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) during the second period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) collides with Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz celebrates after scoring during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, left, during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, third from left, celebrates his overtime goal with, from left, defensemen Patrik Nemeth, Cale Makar and Tyson Barrie in Game 4 of the team's NHL hockey playoff series against Calgary Flames on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore, left, embraces goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury after the team's win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) and Tyler Seguin (91) celebrate a goal by Seguin as Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15), Pekka Rinne (35) and Mattias Ekholm (14) stand by the net in the third period of Game 3 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) hits Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin (8) during third-period NHL playoff hockey action in Toronto, Monday, April 15, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Winnipeg Jets' Brandon Tanev (13) is congratulated by teammate Andrew Copp after scoring during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in St. Louis. The Jets won 6-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) is sandwiched between Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, and defenseman Justin Schultz (4) while competing for possession of the puck during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg (3), of Sweden, fights with Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson, of Sweden, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off as the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 4-3 win during Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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During the 1994 Eastern Conference Final, with the Rangers trailing the Devils 3-2 in the series, Mark Messier proclaimed boldly and publicly that New York would win Game 6 before netting a hat trick in the contest and willing the Rangers to an eventual Stanley Cup.

Absolutely legendary stuff from Moose, but since he was not actively taking a leak while relaying the guarantee to reporters, it falls a little short.

Joe Namath put it all on the line when he predicted a New York Jets victory over the favoured Baltimore Colts before delivering the Jets franchise it’s only Super Bowl victory.

Awesome, of course, but unless Broadway Joe was spouting out a large amount of liquid gold (which he reportedly was not) as he was spewing out his prediction, then it simply cannot contend.

So yeah, wow, Gunnarsson officially takes the cake as far as iconic “guarantee” moments in sports go.

Crazy.

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