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01-19-2013, 10:09 AM
Dennis Bonvie
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Saw him play in Montreal including a weekend series against Boston:

Saturday Night 0 - 0 Tie at the Forum:

Sunday night 7 - 5 loss to the Bruins at Boston Garden

Very telling since the opposing goalie in both games was Gerry Cheevers.

The scoreless tie was the best scoreless game I ever saw. The goaltending was incredible. The next night in the 7 - 5 Bruins win the goaltending was at best minor league.

This pretty well sums up the two goalies and the good twin / bad twin aspect of their career. Saw it regularly for Cheevers and Esposito especially in the playoffs.

The attributes of both have been mentioned but the prime objective is still winning the SC when the opportunity presents itself. Cheevers at least managed to win two SCs.
This was pretty common for Cheevers playing with the high scoring Bruins. He would lose interest with a big lead. It was inferred in some circles in Boston there was another reason he seemed to let teams back into games.

Anyway, it does somewhat explain his high GAA along with a great won/loss record in both regular season and playoffs.

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