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04-20-2013, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by SherbrookeW View Post
The toughest , most enforcer rich team in NHL history was the Flyers of the mid-seventies. So the Canadiens went out, and Sam Pollock got the toughest gang of policemen and enforcers he could find to stand up to them!
Uh, no. Actually, he didn't.
He built a team around Lafleur and Lemaire and Gainey and Savard and Lapointe, and they skated past the Flyers and beat them in four straight games and drove their dirty style out of the league, for a little while. The only truly physical player on that team was the great Larry Robinson, and though he fought a bit as a kid, by that time he was playing perfectly clean, very hard-checking hockey.
Nobody loses games because they don't fight. It just never happens.
Not preaching one way or another but you might not have used the best example there. After seeing the Flyers using intimidation to win two consecutive Cups, Scotty Bowman, then Montreal coach, got a bunch of goons to play a pre-season game vs Philly in the 1975-1976 season. Many say that move had turned the tables around as the Flyers were unable, from that point on, to intimidate the Canadiens who then went on to win four Stanley Cups in a row.

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