Playoffs - Day 5
Heck of a game, heck of an effort. Stick fouls ruined the night. It was a trip. I just wished the call was made a little quicker, would have been less anquish.
Gut check - character check. Bruins either provide a similar effort tonight and extend the series, or we head steeply down the slope to a sweep. Lose three, hard to win game four.
FAN FROM PA
Hey, Rob. Here's a Funky Stat for you ( I may email this to others): in light of some "experts" attitiudes that Montreal is a powerhouse and the Bruins are a mediocre team that just made the playoffs, let's remove the 8 games between the two teams to see how they stack up against the rest of the league. Boston drops from 94 to 93 points in 74 games (.628). Montreal goes from 104 to 88 points (.595). Hmm. Not so much of a difference now is there?
FAN FROM T.O.
Opinion Kerr vs. Neely
Actually, you're wrong on you're comparison here.
Both the Flyers and Bruins made it to the finals twice with these players on their rosters.
And both players were only able to play in the finals once.
Moreover, Kerr was outstanding in two playoff drives scoring almost a goal per game. Neely was excellent in '91 scoring at pretty much the same pace. Its a lot more even than you're making it out to be.
And how exactly did Neely revolutionize the position? He may have been the best at it in the late 80s but guys like Mark Messier, Rick Tocchet and Wendel Clark were contemporaries that were on the scene before him. Moreover, its not like the power forward hadn't been around forever. Gordie Howe, Rocket Richard... heck we can go back to the days of Cyclone Taylor.
Yes, Neely fought more and was fearless about who he fought. In contrast, Kerr didn't fight and players were afraid to fight him. Neely was a better skater and a better hitter, Kerr was invincible on the power play and an immovable object. And Kerr never had a center close to Adam Oates' talents.
If you're going to compare two players, be fair about it. Even if the edge goes to Neely, its closer than you've made it out to be.
Moreover, neither one should be in the HOF.
Just lilke me catching up on old e-mails last two weeks, readers are catching up with opinions on old blogs. Gotta catch a flight, see you tonight. All the best.