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12-28-2012, 12:01 AM
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I still take Lafleur. Even though he was a bit of an enigma as we know now. He was rambunctious and careless off the ice and he hated the structured style of practice wanting things to be more natural and such. But, once he hit his stride by 1974-'75 he was something else and he was a guy who was going to win you games, series, Cups. He just had that flash about him. I don't know, the thing about Lafleur was this quiet confidence he always seemed to have on the ice. You knew he was almost cocky on the inside, but there was always this calming prescence during that dynasty that few others had. Look at when he scored the goal to tie the game against Boston in Game 7 in 1979. It was almost as if he knew it was going to happen eventually. I'll take a guy like that even if Dionne's career lasted longer.

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