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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
...Provost was very ordinary against Bobby Hull.
Oh really. How about the 1965 Stanley Cup Finals? He shut down Hull, the Habs winning their first Cup of its "Quiet Dynasty" run. And there are several more examples I could cite, dozens more.... Provost realized as did Blake that he was far more valuable to team success as a checking forward after 4 consecutive playoff exits in the early 60's when Claude was putting up some decent numbers. But "ordinary"? I wouldnt call Provost ordinary. He's been called a "grinder". One of the "unsung heros" certainly and sure, excellent tandem with Henri Richard with whom he'd joined Montreal back in 1955 out of Jr.. Blakes first year behind the bench, bringing along Henri, Claude & Donnie Marshall, new blood in the line-up, winning multiple Cups from that point on. Then Richards & Geoffrions retirements, Plante trade, team in flux early 60's. Provost called upon to play a more offensive role. All Star. Then its back to Defensive Specialist, scores the winner in the Semi's vs Toronto in 65, shuts down Hull in the Finals. Ordinary? Extraordinary.

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