Jean Beliveau vs. Bobby Hull
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09-11-2013, 03:30 PM
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Two Way Street
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I have read a lot of game reports from the 1971 playoffs (when Rejean Houle was shadowing Hull) and Houle's entire strategy was to stay a few steps away from Hull because if he got too close, Hull would just knock him down. Houle was assigned to shadow Hull because he had the speed to keep up with him, but Hull was much physically stronger:
The Peanut Just Drives Bobby Nuts
This is very true
you overlook that hockey is a two way street with transition points at each end. In the Pat Curran articles Houle clearly refers to the situations when Hull was on the offensive and Houle dictated the spacing.
When play transitioned and Hull dictated the spacing he would not use his physical advantage in a legal fashion like Howe, Beliveau or other players to leverage or wear down Houle. Even when on the offensive there are legal ways to bring the defensive player into reach. Likewise on faceoffs, along the boards, in corners, etc. Hull would not go beyond the necessary physicality that his strength would have permitted.
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