That’s Gilles Meloche in goal, Seals defender Paul Shmyr (played later for the Oilers) wearing #3 and tying up Habs #24 (Chuck Arnason) maybe 1972.
I love looking at these old photos. Looking at the crowd makes me think it may have been cool that night (a few winter coats) and knowing the gap between the two teams in terms of quality at that time in history I’d bet Meloche was busier than the Hab goalie.
Also, notice the skates Shmyr is wearing and the equipment of these players. It’s like a photo of Babe Ruth pitching in terms of time and place.
Tonight’s game features a bit of a gap in terms of quality but both clubs are hot as Hades right now. The Oilers are 8-2 in their last 10 and the Sharks are perfect in the same span.
The Oilers are making a nice little run here but the schedule beginning tonight is a bit of a sphincter tightener if you’re hoping the Ducks draft in double digits. The good thing is the roster has a ton of kids who have no idea they’re supposed to lose.