Re: Remembering #4
posted at 1/13/2012 10:23 PM EST
In Response to Re: Remembering #4
[QUOTE]What make #4 the greatest and, with all due respect: When the B's won the cup in 1970, the other D men playing with Orr were not that good. Still, #4 won the cup by himself. Greztky had a lot more skill players with the Oilers. Another reason, he won the scoring title, despite playing on one knee and, like someone else said, with no body guard, he spent a lot more time than #99 in the penalty box and still won the scoring championship. Not only Orr is the best ever, he made the players on his team much better
Posted by TiPit[/QUOTE]
With all due respect, then you did not watch the team in 1970...because they were not just Orr, even though he was the leader and a superstar...the supporting cast was pretty good also, including the other defensemen. They may not have been superstars too but they were solid on the defensive end...
...lets see there was the Smith brothers (Dallas and Rick) who weren't really brothers, and Don Awrey and then Bill Spears (the weak link)...too bad they lost Teddy Green in the preseason thanks to Wayne Ma-ki.
The line-up had two solid scoring lines and one checking line:
1. Esposito, Hodge, Cashman
2. Stanfield, Bucyk, McKenzie
3. Sanderson, Westfall and Carlton/Bailey
Then the goalies led by Gerry Cheevers, along with Eddie Johnston.
All and all this was a decent supporting cast to help Orr get 100 points as a defensemen in 1971.
Orr was the greatest, but he did have a pretty good team around him too.