Thursday, May 16, 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, May 16, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven
By ROGER ROSSITER fledgling
Fred Shero ain't no dummy. ciation,
He knows very well that his during
Philadelphia Flyers have by no claiming
means clinched the Stanley Cup. From.t
Sure the Flyers have what looks NHL, th
like an insurmountable t h r e e to Map
games to one advantage over possessi
the Boston Bruins, but as Shero rights h
warns, "I've been there before. ers.
Don't count on the Cup yet." Accor
Shero's Flyers are a hungry son in T
outfit. They proved that in their the top
seven game semi-final victory Working
over the New York Rangers. one of t
Buz beyond that they are an of the t
also intelligent, disciplined team fine edg
with a master plan to wrestle that ha
the Stanley Cup away from the game.
Bruins. The f
That master plan consists of simmer
playing sound defensive hockey Favellt
with a premium on checking, Parent,
while allowing the Bruins to ed upon
make the mistakes. So far, the adelahit
plan has worked to near per- THEI
fection. ent, any
Without a doubt, the key to opening
the Flyers' success lies in their ry of sh
last line of defense, goaltender ed the S
Bernie Parent. Oddly enough, Now I
Parent originally belonged to Philadel
the Bruins, but Philly plucked ie . . . B
him from the Boston farm sys- caverno
tem way back in the National ents ma
Hockey League's original ex- Os sav
pansion draft in the summer of come of
1967. need the
PARENT has been in and out Parent
of sports page headlines ever oercom
since, first for his stellar net- the nla
minding in tandem with another nearlye
former Bruminroperty, Doug Fa- writer,
vell, which led Philly to the the Stat
inaugural NHL West Division LITTL
:h:bmoionship. means h
Then Parent stunned t h e hero. B
io-kev world by announcing provenI
hat he had signed with t h e most so
orld Hockey Asso- hockey today. The checking and
to bolt the league scoring of teammates Ross
hampionship finals, Lonsberry, Rick MacLeish, Ter-
breach of contract. ry Crisp, Bill Barber, and An-
it was back to the dre "Moose" Dupont as well
me with the Toron- as the pugnacious play of Dave
eafs who gained Schultz have been a major fac-
of Parent's NHL for as well.
rade with the Fly- On the other side of the ice,
Beantown boss Bep Guidolin
to Parent, that sea- must be wondering what went
o is what made him wrong. How could a team with
ninder he is today. the league's two most dynamic
h Jacques Plante, players, Bobby Orr and P h i i
ame's true masters Esposito, and the league's four
Parent gained the top point scorers (Esposito, Orr,
nd tactical finesse Ken Hodge and Wayne Cash-
en lacking in his man) get so far behind?
The answer lies in fundament-
move came last als- Philly has them down pat.
o the Flyers dealt The Bruins obviously do not.
e Maple Leafs for HOWIE MEEKER, former
ade that was look- NHL scoring wizard now tele-
Drably by the Phil- vision analyst for Hockey Night
tisans. in Canada bluntly explains,
SURE was on Par- "Good defense beats good of-
rnie responded by fense everytime. The Flyers
season with a flur- play good defense."
s that quickly turn- Now the Bruins are up against
gum jeers to cheers. the wall. They have to win three
it is the darling of straight or suffer the indignity
Chants of "Bern- of the bridesmaid role. The
" echo through the challenge poses some intriguing
ectrum when Par- problems for Guidolin. H i s
sne of his miracul- normal strategy of playing Orr
at always seem to and Esposito forty minutes a
o when the Flyers game has failed miserably. Both
theFlert, a have shown the strain of ex-
the Flyers h a v e tended play, particularly inthe
odds all throtgh third period when they have
in a year when been needed most.
one, including this All but a mere handful of the
Ceady toBston.ede Flyers have worked their way
BER tE by no into the league since expansion
the Flyers' only first took place in 1967-68. Shero
en Clarke play has did the artwork of getting them
to be perhaps the all together, now they are but
to bey plerhap ith one game away from a story-M
so way player in book ending to a dream season.
Tonight in the Boston Garden,
they get their first shot at that
seemingly impossible dream,
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