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03-03-2013, 10:54 AM
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Bengt-Ake Gustafsson

What are you Capitals fans remembering about him, was he valuable defensively for you or just a floater?

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A floater?!?!?!? Not even worth responding to...

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A floater?!?!?!? Not even worth responding to...
That's the answer i was looking for the way i phrased it. The reason i put up the thread was becouse there are NO threads on the entire HF Boards concerning his time as an active player.

So, were he just as good defensively five on five as he were on the PK?

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Yes he was very good defensively all the time. He very much contributed to developing the stereotype of Swedish centermen being very defensively responsible during a time when there weren't nearly the number of European players in the league compared to today.

How our fortunes would be different today if his son had turned out to be even half the player his father was...

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Yes he was very good defensively all the time. He very much contributed to developing the stereotype of Swedish centermen being very defensively responsible during a time when there weren't nearly the number of European players in the league compared to today.

How our fortunes would be different today if his son had turned out to be even half the player his father was...
Was going to say the same, GMGM was hoping for a chip off the old block when he had drafted baby Gus. Just by that, tells you how the father was viewed within the Caps organization.

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Was going to say the same, GMGM was hoping for a chip off the old block when he had drafted baby Gus. Just by that, tells you how the father was viewed within the Caps organization.
I think his son has had some major injury problems. But sure, i cant say that i've even given him a thought for quite some time. I'll go look what he's up to.

Was Bengt-Åke able to play the wing as well? I've seen him listed as a RW on some places.

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What are you Capitals fans remembering about him, was he valuable defensively for you or just a floater?
He was arguably the best defensive forward on the team in the '80s. That says quite a bit as those '80s Caps teams were known for their defense.

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03-03-2013, 11:11 PM
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Bengt was a great hockey player. Smart as can be with the puck. Created lots of offensive chances with his ability to anticipate the play and make a pass. He didn't shoot much, that was the only weak part of his game.

I think Denis Potvin cheap-shotted him and broke his leg. I also think Denis Potvin was the guy who cut Rod Langway's leg with his skate in the playoffs. I'm sure that was intentional.

I think Bengt was pissed off by the cheap-shot scum like Potvin and left the NHL.

I'd say Bengt was better than Backstrom is right now. A couple of years ago maybe Nick was a little better. It's difficult to say. Gus competed harder. But all the players competed harder back then. It was a different culture.

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I loved him on the team. The days of what could of been. Unfortunately, he never really recovered after his broken leg. I agree Millhaus, it would have been a nice addition, if his son had turned out to be the NHL player like his father. I miss those days.

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If you look at Gretzky's relative lack of success against the Caps, you will understand how well 16 played. The broken leg was a back-breaker at the time for the team.

What could have been, indeed. Arguably the top D center in Caps history. It might not even be arguable.

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03-04-2013, 06:45 AM
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Gus was awesome. A slick passer great skater, but the thing that set him apart was that he was very slick defensively. He was not a hitter but would be physical when he had to be. Strong on his skates, he seems a little bit ahead of his time with respect to being a very strong two way player coming over from Sweden.

Who else came over to north america before him, cut from the same mold?

Potvin was an ******* I never liked him. Someone cut Gus real bad one time, it was a Patrick Division foe IIRC... anyone remember the team or perpetrator? I remember it as a deliberate attempt to injure.. probably got a minor, if anything. he was always even keel, he did not rely on emotion, and was a very clean player.

He was one of my favorite players. I think he would do very well in the current NHLite.


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I remember that game when Gus got cut, and IIRC I was at that game, but I was really young. I don't remember the opponent or the culprit.

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My gut feeling (aka faded memory) is the Flyers, almost predictably.

Maybe the original rat face, Ken Linesman

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If you look at Gretzky's relative lack of success against the Caps, you will understand how well 16 played.

Gus was great at D. To take nothing away from him, I always attributed Wayne's lack of pts at the Cap Centre to his basically taking those days off. I mean, he suited up and skated but if he were ever going to take it easy on the road... the Cap Centre was the place to do it. How did the Caps do at the Edmonton Coliseum back then? I wonder.

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IIRC the caps usually did well against the mighty oil can...

Damm grinders

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Bengt was a great hockey player. Smart as can be with the puck. Created lots of offensive chances with his ability to anticipate the play and make a pass. He didn't shoot much, that was the only weak part of his game.

I think Denis Potvin cheap-shotted him and broke his leg. I also think Denis Potvin was the guy who cut Rod Langway's leg with his skate in the playoffs. I'm sure that was intentional.

I think Bengt was pissed off by the cheap-shot scum like Potvin and left the NHL.

I'd say Bengt was better than Backstrom is right now. A couple of years ago maybe Nick was a little better. It's difficult to say. Gus competed harder. But all the players competed harder back then. It was a different culture.
Pat Verbeek....

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Pat Verbeek....
Best nickname ever in any sport.

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Best nickname ever in any sport.
Well it's no Puppa Scoopa but I guess it is ok...

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Pat Verbeek....
One of my most despised players of all time.

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Verbeek was up there on the hate scale somewhere not far behind Dale. F that punk back to Gus

Interview talking about how much he loves D, and more. This mid game interview puts the modern day ones to shame.


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Ugh Paul Steigerwald

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"trouble putting teams away"

the more things change...


EDIT: Bengt was and still is the man. A great hockey player and a true Cap hero. That leg cut short a brilliant career. If he'd been Canadian, he'd have a been a regular Selke winner.

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At least he didn't ask questions where the only answer is "we just need to get pucks deep"

Its funny how he mentioned our tons of shots few goals dilemma that plagued the team for probably decades

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Verbeek was up there on the hate scale somewhere not far behind Dale. F that punk back to Gus

Interview talking about how much he loves D, and more. This mid game interview puts the modern day ones to shame.




Thanks for posting that. Two men speaking intelligently. What a concept!

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Best nickname ever in any sport.
Without a doubt, a nickname you want if you're an averaged size white guy...loved it.

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