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04-03-2012, 02:20 PM
I voted for Kodos
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: West Egg, New York
The Montreal Gazette - May 3rd, 1965:
Les Canadiens Sont La
It took the Canadiens just 14 seconds to wrap up the Stanley Cup on Saturday night, the recorded time after the opening faceoff that Jean Beliveau scored the first goal of the deciding game of the series against the Chicago Black Hawks. They scored three more after that before the first period was over, but they didn't need them. Beliveau's was enough because the Hawks were held scoreless be the fast-skating and close-checking Canadiens, who were definitely the better team in this series...
It was remarkad earlier that the Canadiens were definitely the better team in this series. Home ice prevailed, admittedly, but the Canadiens played well enough in Chicago to win two of three games played there. The Hawks never looked like winners in any of the four games played here, and they were shut out in the last three.
New Honor For Beliveau
Jean Beliveau won the Conn Smythe Trophy, and he certainly deserved it. He scored, set up plays, checked persistently and set the pace for his teammates. It was no accident that his linemates, Dick Duff and Bobby Rousseau, also enjoyed a good series.
The Hawks relied too much on Bobby Hull and it proved to be too big a job for Hull, brilliant player though he is. But it must be remarked that Claude Provost was outstanding in covering the Hawks' star. Neither Bruce MacGregor nor Paul Henderson, who tried to do the same job for the Detroit Red Wings in their semifinal series with the Hawks, was able to stop Hull. Provost could do it because he has the speed, the strength and the stamina to stay with him, lift his stick and get a big enough piece of him to slow him down a bit. Henri Richard is another who could skate with Hull for short stretches.
J.C. Tremblay came into his own in the playoffs. He is a master of picking the puck off an opposing player's stick and getting it out of his own end. Coach Toe Blake had his team up for the playoffs and he did some remarkable hunching with his goalkeepers. Both Gump Worsley and Charlie Hodge played well, which indicates that he had them in there at the right time. But the coach can't win. Now he can open his summer home at Mississquoi Bay and find it's been broken into again. It happens every spring.
- didn't know the home team won every game of this series.
- good lord, did the Hawks roll over and die in Game 7.
- nice laurels for Beliveau, Provost and Tremblay, and for Blake and the goalies, as well.
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