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12-15-2009, 10:29 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Henri Richard says hi.
His ability to reduce the effectiveness of the Blackhawks defense and centers while Hull was on the ice was an integral part of of the Canadiens and Claude Provost's coverage of Bobby Hull.
Henri Richard was a RHS playing center as opposed to the more common LHS playing centers. With his speed and positioning he was able to reduce the passing lanes from the defense or centers to Bobby Hull.
The Canadiens also used this to advantage when checking Bobby orr during the Beliveau / H. Richard era. Beliveau was a LHS center.
The Canadiens would vary defensive looks and available passing lanes causing the Bruins to slow down their attack.
Trust I don't have to explain the on ice geometry and how a RHS center changes the passing lanes.
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