I’m going to indulge myself in blogiarism… 😉
NHL Network is showing the 1987 Finals, Game 7, Flyers and Oilers right now.
No spoilers. I think we all know who wins anyway.
I’m noticing a few things.
1. Jari Kurri wore a visor in 1987. Was he the first? (There are at least two guys without helmets playing in this game, for reference).
2. Gretzky is exactly as good as you think he is.
3. Neutral zone play is sloppy as hell. It’s totally hit and miss, connecting on passes. Mostly miss. A lot of chasing the puck.
4. But it’s not much different, other than that. The biggest thing I see is that the skaters are just slightly slower. You can see this mostly on loose pucks along the boards. The modern eye anticipates them getting there, and they aren’t there yet, and it’s a weird disconnect. It’s hard to describe — it’s like a glitch in…
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