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Thread #109829 Message #2303228
Posted By: Sandy Mc Lean
01-Apr-08 - 10:36 AM
Thread Name: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
Subject: RE: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
"Set the speed.............. Bobby Orr could do this as well."
He sure could! He was able to control play much the same way as Howe.
Both of them would play their regular shift, kill penalties and quarter-back the power plays without burning out because they could slow the whole game down when they grew tired. Orr learned much from watching Howe and he had the natural ability to make it work. Even with crippled knees he could outskate the opposition. I would place Orr #2 on my greatest all around player list but oddly not the greatest defenseman. That spot belongs to Doug Harvey. Orr played in a weaker post expansion league and he changed the game to suit his style. For a defenseman to skate behind the opposing net was almost unheard of before, but it became his signature play to pass out to big Esposito planted in front of the net or to use Espo as a decoy as he slipped the puck home himself.
However Orr changed the game not always for the better because every defenseman in the league tried to imitate his style and non could. That was not his fault though. He was great!