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02-05-2014, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by IMLACHnME View Post
That odd obsession is precisely the point of this thread. There has always been an imbalance of many more, and better, defensemen who are left-handed. I wanted visitors to this thread to see how that obsession would have affected the blueline corps in 1972.
Ya. Then in Game 2 at Maple Leaf Gardens you also had Tony Esposito, a Full Right Goaltender who played a hybrid Butterfly in the net. Deeper. Team Canada got back to basics with a North-South physical game, 9 players who started & played in Game 1 were sat, including the GAG line featuring Ratelle. There is some very valid science & tactical advantage's to using Full Right's on the Blue Line and in the Crease, and like Defenseman, Full Right Goalies and good ones fairly rare. Canada won that game 4-1. The Soviets however did figure out Esposito to a certain degree, though arguably he did outplay Dryden over the series although he didnt get the start in Game 8.

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