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02-04-2014, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by LeBlondeDemon10 View Post
It became very clear by the 1979 playoffs that Cheevers was done as an elite goalie. He was pulled against the Habs in favor of Gilbert who shined in that series. I wouldn't give the Russians the lion's share of credit for that 6-0 win; Cheevers was awful. Worse than Liut in 81. However, when the team in front of you can't even muster up a goal. Cheevers in 72 is in his prime and yes, maybe he does better.
Yes Cheevers did to awful in 1979 in the Challenge Cup. But in 1972 it would be a different story. If there was one goalie you wanted for a series like this in 1972 it was Cheevers at the time. Maybe he still has the one bad game like Dryden did in Game 1, but he doesn't have three bad ones. He was the most reliable goalie in the world at that time in my opinion. Cheevers had a knack for bouncing back with things. I don't know how much of an impact he would have had, but surely it couldn't have been worse than Dryden

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