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01-14-2013, 05:41 PM
Dennis Bonvie
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Originally Posted by VMBM View Post
Yes, but in a way, Gilbert kept Boston in the game in the 1st period too. Red Army might have had only 8 shots on goal (to Bruins' 19), but they were nearly all quality scoring chances.

The SOG numbers do tell something about the Russian defence, i.e. the lack of it, in the early/mid-Seventies: e.g. often it looks like they couldn't get the puck out of their own zone, even if their lives depended on it - except by icing the puck (which then resulted to a face-off in their zone, which they would often lose etc. etc.).

The Boston-CSKA game is the best of the bunch in my opinion; despite the final score, it was the most evenly played of the four games, and the pace at least looks a little faster than in the Montreal game.
You're right, Gilbert stopped a couple of clear breakaways in the first period.

I really think the small Garden ice (along with the intense Bruins forecheck) made it a really new experience for the Soviets in their own zone, especially in the first period. But they eventually adjusted.

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