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03-18-2011, 11:12 AM
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Paul Henderson, W

Offensively skilled
Henderson scored 20+ goals in the NHL 7 times, and 5 times in the WHA. He had great speed and anticipation.

Defensively Responsible
In the 1966 playoffs, Henderson was expected to check Bobby Hull, as he had done during the season. Detroit ended up using someone else to check Hull, and Henderson joined a line with Norm Ullman to match up against the Scooter line.

Henderson acquired the nickname “The Shadow” for his checking ability against Chicago Black Hawk great Bobby Hull in 1966
Apr 5, 1966:
...most speculation centred on which Detroiter would be the lucky guy assigned to check Chicago's record-setting Golden Jet, Bobby Hull.

The best guess is that Paul Henderson, who has had the job before, will get the nod.
Apr 12, 1966:
Abel decided to shift Henderson to a line with hard-working Norm Ullman and XXX. They covered Chicago's Stan Mikita-Ken Wharram-Doug Mohns line.

"We wanted more speed and checking against that line," said Abel.
Henderson was famously a part of Team Canada's checking line in the 1972 Summit Series. He played all 8 games with Bobby Clarke and Ron Ellis. Their line had the most defensive responsibility, matching up against Kharlamov's line (usually with Maltsev and Vikulov) for most of the series and taking a lot of the defensive zone draws.

Henderson played both wings. He came up as a right winger and spent his first few years there, and moved to the left side around 1967.

Henderson is famous for scoring the winning goal in 1972, and will always be a Canadian hockey hero. He scored 7 goals in 8 games overall in the 1972 series, including the game-winner in each of the final three must-win games.

Henderson's role and performance in the 1972 Summit Series

Pat McLean of the blog Black Dog Hates Skunks rewatched the 1972 Summit Series on DVD and tracked shots at net and scoring chances for both teams, recording the Canadian players who were on the ice for each event.

Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
Game 4
Game 5
Game 6
Game 7
Game 8

Here are his numbers for Henderson, along with his observations.

Game 1: Scoring chances with Henderson on - 6-3 ES, 1-0 PP, 0-0 SH.
The Clarke line is interesting. They get dinged Corsi wise but come out on top in terms of scoring chances. As noted before by my eye they took more than their share of own zone draws, not sure if by design or because the Esposito line often took very long shifts that ended in their own zone. When the Russians got possession in these situations they invariably managed to direct shots at the net, quite often in bunches but they were usually from the outside or from distance. Clarke's line in exactly what the Oiler shave been missing since 2006 - three guys who checked hard, moved the puck in the right direction, won battles, minimized the damage when their opponents had the puck.
Invariably Clarke and Henderson and Ellis would get the puck and they would move it the other way effectively.

And keep it there.
Game 2. Scoring chances with Henderson on - 4-1 ES, 1-0 PP, 0-0 SH.
Finally we come to the Clarke line. Tonight they are killer. No reward on the scoresheet but without them its probably a different game. In the first two periods they get the bulk of the Dzone assignments (there are few of course) and they invariably finish in the Russian end. Their scoring chance numbers lead the team, both by raw numbers and differential, and their Corsi numbers are over the top. They are dominant. A fantastic game by all three. And this mostly against Kharlamov who is not a factor and ends up sitting for nearly the entire first half of the third, when the game is decided, as he garners a misconduct after freaking out after Clarke abuses him rather vigorously at the end of the second.
Game 3. Scoring chances with Henderson on - 8-6 ES, 0-0 PP, 0-0 SH.
Finally there is the one constant, the Clarke line. They get Kharlamov, a lot, and they get nearly all of the defensive zone starts until late in the game and yet they are in the black or even (Ellis gets dinged a bit playing with other linemates in the third). Henderson scores, again, and is probably the most dangerous Canadian forward.
Game 4. Scoring chances with Henderson on - 8-2 ES, 0-0 PP, 0-0 SH.
The Clarke line has a pretty typical game for them. They bend but they don't break and their scoring chance numbers are tremendous. Ellis especially is very very good. At one to nothing they come on hard, at two to one they almost score twice and early in the third they cue another Canadian charge.
Game 5. Scoring chances with Henderson on - 12-9 ES, 0-0 PP, 0-0 SH.
Canada had last change and Sinden matched hard. Clarke against Maltsev every time. Esposito against Shadrin and Ratelle facing Petrov as much as possible. I don't think Sinden cared where the face-off was. He wanted match-ups.

The Clarke line killed the Maltsev line; Henderson with two goals and Clarke with one.

I should say something about Henderson [in the red helmet], two goals in this game. A bucket of game winners in the series. When you break it down though, that 28% shooting percentage was just the icing on the cake. His speed drove the Soviets crazy. His anticipation broke up their attacks. And he did the same thing in 1974 during the 2nd Canada-Soviet Series. The man was made for international hockey.
Game 6. Scoring chances with Henderson on - 2-1 ES, 1-0 PP, 0-0 SH.
And then fifteen seconds later Henderson steps over the blueline and shoots one that Tretiak must not see through his defender. It ends up in the net. I call this one a Dryden special. Its a goal but I can't say its a chance.

Of course the Clarke line does its usual work. They shut the Russians down, move the puck the right way, Henderson scores his first of three consecutive game winners and Clarke knocks the best Russian player out of the Series. All in all a good night's work.
Game 7. Scoring chances with Henderson on - 4-3 ES, 0-0 PP, 0-0 SH.
The Clarke line goes out with Savard and Lapointe and generally get the tough matchup. Low event for the most part and they do a lot of the four on four work and are the only Canadians who actually come out close to on top in that situation.

Henderson is famous for what he does in game eight but I think his game seven goal gets forgotten. Check it out on Youtube if you can find it. Its spectacular, if anything it outstrips Mahovlich's goal from game two. Four on four, just over two minutes left and a tie game and Savard lofts a backhand to Henderson streaking up his off wing. He is boxed in by Russians, he faces two defencemen and has the two forwards right behind him.

And his play is simple and beautiful, he slips the puck into the skates of the right defenceman and breaks around him. Henderson gets lucky, as the left defenceman pivots it hits his skate and squeaks out behind he and his partner. Henderson is all alone and dekes Tretiak out.

That's the game and the series is tied and going to the rubber match.
Game 8. Scoring chances with Henderson on - 5-2 ES, 2-1 PP, 0-0 SH.
Clarke's line is a nonfactor offensively as they just try and hold their matchup in check.

Its the usual for Clarke and Ellis, some heavier lifting and as a result they are in their end a lot but the scoring chances are even and the only goal they give up is the fluke bounce off the netting.

Overall numbers for Henderson - 49 scoring chances for and 27 against at even strength. 5 for and 1 against on the power play, 0 for and 0 against while shorthanded.

Total Canada numbers - 171 scoring chances for and 125 against at even strength, 30 for and 6 against on the power play, 7 for and 27 against while shorthanded.

Henderson didn't kill penalties, occasionally played on the power play, and took a regular shift at even strength. The EV scoring chance numbers are low because his line as a whole played a low event game.

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