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11-12-2010, 04:30 PM
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Serge Savard's Smythe

Originally Posted by vadim sharifijanov View Post
when savard won his smythe, how was his defense? could he have been as good defensively as he became if he had played a two-way game? or would he have had to give up some defense to also be a top offensive threat?

The game was different as other than Bobby Orr the rushing defenseman was not a factor.Serge Savard was good enough defensively. The 1969 Semi Final against Bobby Orr and the Bruins proved this beyond doubt. A quick check of the HSP project clearly shows how talented Serge Savard was before the first of his broken legs.

The Canadiens beat the Bruins in six games in 1969, mainly due to their team defense and the ability of their d-men to handle the Bruins forwards while limiting Bobby Orr's ability to generate offense from the point.Serge Savard was a leader in this regard.

An offensive comparison for the six game series shows tha Bobby Orr tallied 1G / 3A. Serge Savard tallied 3G / 4A including key plays on game tying or winning goals.

Serge Savard was a very deserving winner of the 1969 Conn Smythe.

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