Around the NHL (Part XXXVI): Playoffs!
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06-02-2012, 03:00 PM
Two Pucks, One Cup
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Bourque was just as good, if not better, than Lidstrom defensively. Lidstrom couldn't play in the corners like Bourque could. Lidstrom was great at defending against the rush, but wasn't nearly as effective against the forecheck. Bourque could defend against both equally as well. The difference was Bourque would take more chances.
Also, Bourque wasn't "a little more" offensively gifted. He was significantly more offensively gifted. In 60 more games, Bourque had 400 more points with 150 more goals. He also did it with a significantly lesser supporting cast.
Lidstrom should not be debated with Ray Bourque. Lidstrom should be more compared more to Denis Potvin.
Bourque played 15 seasons in an offensive era.
Lidstrom only caught the tail end.
You cant look at point totals. You have to look at where they ranked while they played.
IMO, Lidstrom's 7 Norris' and Conn Smythe trump Bourque's AS selections and Hart runner-ups
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