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11-19-2010, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Makes sense. And in an era when players played the full 60 minutes, every player had to take on every role. You couldn't just be an offensive specialist and then count on the 2nd or 3rd line to do the defensive work.
Or, players could be offensive specialists, but their teammates would have to cover for them defensively and score fewer goals themselves.

I checked out the game stories from the three games that Joe Malone missed during the 1913-14 season while he played for Quebec.

Quebec won 2 games and lost 1 by scores of 6-1, 6-4, 3-4. With Malone, they scored 5.6 and allowed 3.8 goals per game. Without Malone, they scored 5.0 and allowed 3.0 goals per game.

Toronto Star, Feb 5, 1914 (Quebec won 6-1, Tommy Smith scored 5 goals): Crawford was the bright star of the evening, playing brilliant hockey and outspeeding every man on the Canadien team.

Toronto Star, Feb 9, 1914 (Quebec won 6-4, Tommy Smith scored 4 goals): Quebec have improved their forward lines very much by using Crawford regularly. He, Smith, and Marks make a good trio. Crawford’s specialty is his strong back-checking, and, with Marks to help him out in this respect, he makes it hard for the opposing forwards. The forwards also are working more combination than on earlier visits here and going in closer for shots.

Smith, while he loafs almost all the time, never fails to be on the job for a pass, and his shooting is a feature of the forward line.

Toronto Star, Feb 12, 1914 (Quebec lost 4-3, Tommy Smith scored 2 goals): For Quebec, the most noticeable player on the ice was Tommy Smith, not for any remarkable playing, but for his persistent off-ice loafing. Tommy was always ready to join in any Quebec rush if some one else would carry the puck three-quarters of the way up the rink to where he was usually loafing. Jack Marks back-checked like a fiend and was the most useful man on the Quebec team.

It looks to me that, with Malone out, Quebec brought Crawford in. They played more defensively as a team, with the exception of Tommy Smith* who provided almost all their scoring and nothing else. But overall, they didn't drop off as much as you might think by losing Malone's offensive production.

Just one example, and it's a small sample of 3 games (although these players played close to the full 60 minutes), but I think it's interesting at least.

*Smith scored 28 goals in 17 games playing with Malone (including 9 in one game against the Wanderers), and Malone scored 24 goals in those games. With Malone out, Smith scored 11 goals in 3 games.

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