>> B --> be prepared to take advantage of those chances. I wonder why it always
>> B --> seems to be the Canadiens to pick up the slack when anyone else
>> B --> falters...
>> B -->
>> 24 times in the last 100 years. Something about Boston always makes
>> them "close, but no cigar". Even in the glory years with Orr and
>> Esposito, they didn't win the cup as often as they should have.
>> Montreal won 2 and they won 2 in alternating years. Montreal did not
>> have as good a club (and I'm a Habs fan) in those days.
>For at least part of that time, I remember the "something" being
>Ken Dryden. That's why I would put him on the list of best players
>going around now.
>Ken Tubman ARCO
>(214) 754-3871 Plano, TX 75075
I'm a long time Bruins fan who grew up watching Orr, et al while playing
youth hockey (like every other kid in that era).
I vividly remember the 70-71 season. The swashbuckling Bruins (aka "The
Team that *plays* together, skates together"), waltzed thru the regular
season while Montreal limped home in 4th place. They brought Dryden up
with about 10 games left. The Bruins played the Habs in a home-and-home
at the end of the regular season. Dryden did not play. (Why scare the
poor kid, eh?)
Quaterfinal round. (Back then, this was the 1st round!). Bruins open up
with Montreal at the Gah-den. Bruins take game 1 easily. Dryden plays well,
but Bruins prevail. Bruins lead Series, 1-0.
Game 2- Bruins surge ahead 5-1 late in second period. Habs score late goal
in 2nd period to close to 5-2. Third period opens. Bruins still in locker
room. (I can still hear Fred Cusick of TV38 say, "The Bruins are skating
like they've wrapped this one up.") Canadians score 5 more unanswered goals
to even series at 1-1.
Bruins lead series, 2-1.
Poor shot selection. Dryden plays *spectacular*, on the shots the Bruins
do have on the mark. Series tied.
game. Must have faced *at least* 50 quality shots. Habs win, 4-2.
I still feel that this is one of the greatest upsets in history.
I watched the rest of the Cup series on TV38. They had paid to get the
rights to *all* cup games thru the finals, being so sure that the Bruins
would be there. Naturally, I rooted for whatever team Montreal played.
(Minnesota, then Chicago).
The Bruins were on a mission the next season and cruised to the Cup.
In the 72-73 season, the Bruins were reeling from the loss of Cheevers and
Sanderson to the WHA and Ed Westfall to the expansion Islanders. Westfall
and Sanderson made up (with Don Marcotte) the best penalty killing unit of
that era. Cheevers was, well, Cheevers. Espo went down with a knee injury
in Game 1 of the Quarterfinals against the Rangers thus sending the Bruins
home in 5. Rangers then went on to ***and lose the Cup to the Habs.
When watching the Islanders/Penguins series this year, I kept thinking back
to the 71 Bruins/Habs Series. The parallels were unbelievable between the
Pens and Bruins. (e.g., turn it on/turn it off hockey) The game 7 "turn on"
proved too late for both teams. (Imagine if the Pens had showed up with
say, 6 minutes left in the game, rather than 3....)
Maybe we should have a thread of "Best Teams Never to Win the Cup".
My two cents/entries: (Modern Era. Who can "remember" the '20s??)
1970-1971 Boston Bruins (Cup Winner: Montreal)
1972-1973 New York Rangers (Cup Winner: Montreal)
1992-1993 Pittsburgh Penguins (Montreal)
1973-1974 Boston Bruins (Philadelphia)
1985-1986 Edmonton Oilers (Montreal)
(OK, so there's an "opportunistic" prevailing trend here....
"My views are my own, however, they probably closely resemble other Bruins