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11-23-2012, 03:38 PM
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Big Phil
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I'll say another thing too. The 1972 Canada/Russia series should be the straw that breaks the camels back for anyone arguing Esposito was dependant on Orr. I urge people to watch that series on DVD. It's there. Esposito had 7 goals and 6 assists in 8 games. 4 points in the final game. 3 points in the final period. Easily the best player in the tournament for either team and the emotional leader for Canada.

In an intense series with immense pressure we saw Esposito score 1.62 points per game which would have given him 127 for a full season. Granted it is a small sample size, but he was playing against Russia and a Hall of Fame goalie with Hall of Fame talent and he didn't have the California Seals to pad his stats with.

Let's also look at that Canadian team in 1972. Lots of Hall of Famers there. None were even close to matching Esposito's impact and stats other than Henderson. You would think Ratelle, or Mahovlich or Cournoyer would show him up and we'd see how brittle he was without Orr but they didn't. For whatever reason that is never enough proof for people on here.

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