I tried adding the 1959 Habs/leafs Final game 3, but for some reason, it cut off at 6 minutes. I am going to try to tinker with it to get that game up, as I know it was the on Demand game.
Ill also be throwing in a 1962 Leafs vs Blackhawks game, and several more as I find time. Takes almost all night to Upload a game though and uses a lot of resources so i will not be doing them once a Night or anything. Ill try to keep them coming though
Featuring players such as Gordie Howe, Mark Howe, JC Tremblay, Bobby Hull, Gerry Cheevers, Pat Stapleton, Ralph Backstrom, Frank Mahovlich, Alexander Yakushev, Valeri Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov, Vladimir Petrov, Vladimir Vikulov, Vladislav Tretiak, Alexander Maltsev, and more
IMHO the best game of the CSKA versus NHL series. Certainly better than the Philly game. The Soviets often look poor in their own zone (as they still did in the 1970s), but damn, the offense from Mikhailov-Maltsev*-Kharlamov line is sure fun to watch. Tretiak is brilliant, although he lets in an easy one in the 2nd period. Gilles Gilbert in the Boston goal is excellent too for the first 30 minutes or so. All in all, a nice contrast between two different styles of play.
* Maltsev had replaced Vladimir Petrov (injured?) after the Montreal game
The only weak game by CSKA during a very succesful tour (wins over the Oilers and the Canadiens by scores of 6-3 and 6-1, respectively). Viktor Tyumenev, instead of Larionov, centered Krutov and Makarov in this series.
Thornton, how does the game look in your eyes compared to the games played in the NHL during those days?
- I expected the tempo to be lower
- The goalies were better than I thought
- There was a huge difference in the physicality level between the teams
- The Canadians didn't seem to have any problems with the Soviets' speed
- Firsov played LW but was a right handed shooter. He was able to get in positions in which he could use his hard slapshot. He looked confident with the puck. Made a few mistakes. In overall, one of the best forwards in the game
- Starshinov looked better than I expected
Gotta love the 1974 bruins/flyers. That takes me back a bit.
It was a great series. It's also a little sad to watch now as you can clearly see Orr's knee was bad enough by then that it was affecting his skating. Hopefully those that weren't fortunate enough to see Orr don't judge him on this series.
I have a Bruins/Leafs game from 71. If I ever get around to it I'll upload it. It really shows how he could play.
It was a great series. It's also a little sad to watch now as you can clearly see Orr's knee was bad enough by then that it was affecting his skating. Hopefully those that weren't fortunate enough to see Orr don't judge him on this series. I have a Bruins/Leafs game from 71. If I ever get around to it I'll upload it. It really shows how he could play.
I would like that. I only have 2 games with Orr, both from that Flyer series, and I would love to get more.
I am currently uploading the Leafs vs Blackhawks 1962.
Unfortunately, the 76 CSSR vs USSR game had an error while loading and is unlikely to work, as did the 59 Habs/Leafs game 3 finals.
I'm not entirely disagreeing, but it didn't stop him from winning yet another Norris and the Art Ross again the next season, lol
He has more than a fair number of amazing flashes if you watch the whole game.
Also, Bobby is one of the few players in history (Mario too), that you can just watch highlight reels of and get an idea of their dominance.
He was still well beyond anyone else, no question. I was just pointing out that his skating ability shouldn't be judged on those games. Watching it back then I didn't really notice it but watching it now, the 71 game and then the 74 game it is glaringly obvious. He modified his stride to work through the pain of his knee.
There was a top-selling book in the 1970s called "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Long story short: a recurring theme throughout the book was the the author "chasing the ghost," trying feverishly to find and re-live his distant past.