Oilers at Habs, G24 ’10-’11

This is a terrific photo. Michael posted it 5 days ago in a GDT and I’ve been looking at it on and off since then. Toe Blake (wearing hat) is in the background and the original caption tells us this game was played March 5, 1968 in LA.

Kings would have worn their colorful jerseys, Habs wearing their classics. Claude Provost, an outstanding 2-way winger is at the foreground. He looks a lot like James Arness, who played “Marshall” Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke. I mean if Marshall Dillon had broken his nose a lot. Next to him is the great Jacques Laperriere, whose skating style–while effective–looked like he was slipping on a banana peal. That was a helluva club, they won a lot.

Here’s the game summary for the contest:

First Period

1 – MON : Backstrom 15 (Provost) (EV) 0:41
2 – MON : Beliveau 26 (Laperriere) (EV) 1:14
3 – MON : Rousseau 13 (Lemaire, Duff) (EV) 6:41

Penalties – LAK – Flett ( (maj)) 3:43 ; MON – Ferguson ( (maj)) 3:43 ; LAK – Irvine ( (maj)) 5:42 ; MON – Harper ( (maj)) 5:42 ; MON – Tremblay G 11:11 ; LAK – Rolfe 14:43 ; LAK – Amadio 15:30 ;

Second Period

4 – LAK : Joyal 19 (Flett, Lemieux R) (PP) 1:33
5 – MON : Ferguson 11 (Harper, Provost) (EV) 4:19
6 – LAK : Joyal 20 (Flett, Lemieux R) (EV) 12:03
7 – MON : Tremblay G 20 (Cournoyer, Rousseau) (PP) 14:05
8 – MON : Cournoyer 24 (EV) 17:48

Penalties – MON – Beliveau 1:54 ; LAK – Murray 2:15 ; MON – Ferguson 5:17 ; LAK – Flett 13:33 ; MON – Rousseau 15:47 ;

Third Period

No Scoring

Penalties – LAK – Hughes B 1:00 ; LAK – Menard 10:24 ; LAK – Menard 10:24 ; MON – Rousseau 11:24 ; MON – Rousseau 11:24 ;

Shots On Goal

1 2 3 T
Montreal Canadiens 15 11 4 30
Los Angeles Kings 7 7 12 26

Powerplay Conversions
Montreal Canadiens : 0 of 0
Los Angeles Kings : 0 of 0

Goaltenders
Worsley (MON) (W) 24 saves on 26 shots – 60:00 mins
Rutledge (LAK) (L) 20 saves on 26 shots – 40:00 mins
Sawchuk (LAK) 4 saves on 4 shots – 20:00 mins

Officials
Referee: John Ashley
Linesman: Dave Newell
Linesman: Pat Shetler
Attendance – 14,450

This and many more games are scored here. I hope they have the internet in heaven or hell (hopefully Al Gore beats me there and invents it again) because that site is so full of NHL history it’ll take at least a lifetime to see it all.

Nice article here on the game, and an item on JF Jacques is here. Habs have a real nice team this season, good to see they gave Price a few regular season games before turning on him.

Steve Tambellini is holding the line on the Swedish kid. Pääjärvi is not going to the World Junior’s. Says Steady Steve: “I keep getting calls from them, asking about Paajarvi, but he’s not going.”

Pääjärvi has the worst relCorsi on the team (-17.8) married to a PDO of 1010. So we’re not talking about 40 miles of bad road here, this young fellow really is having a tough time keeping it between the lines. I’d like to see him play some games with Gagner and a real winger, that might improve things. Maybe some PP time. There are things to like–the speed, the positioning (it looks to my eye as though he thinks like a center) and he does draw a lot of penalties.

Either way, he’s here.

Habs should win this one in the first period.

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