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01-14-2013, 08:11 PM
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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.
This game doesn't get the credit it deserves because of the final score. Both goaltenders were fantastic and the smaller ice surface and tenacious Boston forecheck gave the Red Army all it could handle. The shots on goal by Boston and the Red Army capitalizing on their scoring chances were similar to the Canadiens New Year's Eve game. I agree, the pace of the game (especially the first period) was probably as fast as any other game in the series.

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