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01-17-2012, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
You can think that all you want. The evidence speaks against you though. That era's only sin was not being as good as the 70's Canadiens (who could be?). Consistantly one of the best records in the league. Consistantly one of the best goal differential. Playing in one of the toughest divisions. The thing was they didn't get much attention probably because they were the premier defensive team of an offensive age.
I think this is (probably second behind easy comparisons to the 70s) a primary reason the 80s and early 90s Habs are so underrated. That was the era of ridiculous scoring. The Habs had a lot of very good forwards but the only ones who approached elite numbers were Naslund and Richer. The only superstar was a goalie. No flashy superstars to identify the team with.

The Habs weren't the best of the best in the 80s, which of course means it was different from the 70s or before that. But almost every year they ranged from good to great.

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