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09-13-2012, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I thought Ken Mosdell was the guy promoted to the top line when Lach was injured?
I'm pretty sure he was.

For the next 10 years, Mosdell was a standout with the Canadiens, playing on Cup winners in 1953 and '56. He did more than play solid defence. In an era when 20 goals was a solid contribution, he had back-to-back 22-goal seasons in 1953-54 and 1954-55. He really benefit from Elmer Lach's chronic injuries. When Lach was hurt, Mosdell assumed the top center spot playing with Rocket Richard and Bert Olmstead. When Lach was back on the ice, Mosdell returned to his defensive concentrations, never once complaining.
When he did earn a regular role with the Canadiens, the wiry center became known for his penalty-killing and defensive work. "They only let me play offense twice when Elmer Lach was hurt," Mosdell said of his role with the team. His solid play helped anchor Montreal for another Stanley Cup victory in 1953.

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