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03-28-2013, 11:11 PM
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You know, it really helps to know something of the history of hockey, and of the Habs, before you discuss these things. Take a look at the 75-76 Canadiens, one of the greatest teams of all time. Lafleur, Lemaire, Robinson...did they have a tough guy? An enforcer. Well, Doug Risebrough got a lot of penalty minutes -- 180 that year in 80 games -- but he was there as a tough two way player , the last thing in the world like an enforcer. No one fooled around with Pierre Bouchard -- but he had 50 penalty minutes all year long, and policeman or enforcer was not a word would have used for him. Certainly none of the top six forwards could have won a fight in a phone booth. But , see, that team was soft and easily pushed around...well, no: they defeated, easily, the toughest, meanest, fight-happy hockey team that had ever been seen, the Broad Street Bullies. Were those Habs physical? You bet: Larry Robinson laid a perfectly clean hip check on Gary Dornhoffer in the final that still rings. But they somehow managed to be one of the finest hockey teams of all time without a tough guy or an enforcer or a designated fighter. And that's the heritage.

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