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07-02-2012, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Dalton View Post
Montreal Canadiens. Between 1964/65 and 1978/79 seasons inclusive they won 10 cups in 15 years. They went to the final 11 times in that span. Only the Leafs could beat them in a cup Final. Three different coaches and I don't how many players for sure. That's a freaking sports dynasty.

Three seasons from 75/76 to 77/78 they played 240 reg. seas. games. They won 177, lost only 29 and outscored the opposition by a few goals more than 2:1. I think lowly Detroit was responsible for a couple losses. Maybe three in one season.

That team that beat the Flyers was going to win no matter what the health of the Flyers were. IIRC Robinson put a Flyer forward through the glass early in the series then skated around glaring at the Flyers, daring them to do something about it and everybody knew that series was over.

I loved the Flyers orange uniforms. Bernie Parent was amazing. Shero was a coach who probably changed coaching forever. In fact again IIRC when Bowman came to the Canadiens as the answer to fix this talented bunch of under achievers he said the team needed a system just as Shero had started up for the Flyers.

The Flyers had a pretty good thing going but they lived and died by the sword. Parent wouldn't have made much of a difference IMHO. I doubt they'd have won a game. The Habs owned that series all the way.
Clearly Philly was hurt in the 1976 Finals with the injury to Parent and the loss of Rick MacLeish. Having said that, even with Parent playing like he in 1974 and 1975 and and a healthy MacLeish they would not have beaten Montreal. Montreal was just plain better in every area of the game and they proved to the Flyers in the 1975-76 season that they were tougher. Philly at that point had no weapons they could use against Montreal except hard work. And they worked hard in the Finals but so did Montreal. The edge was talent and Montreal had far more of it.

I think if the Flyers had a healthy Parent and MacLeish you would have seen a series very much like the 1973 series between the two teams. In that series Doug Favell played fantastic in net for the Flyers and the Flyers played their hearts out. They lost in 5. I believe there would have been a similiar result in 1976.

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