Originally Posted by mikebflorida
Bah! Laus was the designated tough guy on a crappy team, the Florida Stinkin Panthers, who didn't even make the playoffs.
Schultz's 74-75 season changed the way the game was played, the Flyers won 51 games and the Cup, the 2 don't even compare, you could argue that Schultz was the team's MVP that season, he gave guys like Clarke, Barber, etc loads of space on the ice and other guys like Dupont, Kelly, and Saleski the confidence to intimidate.
All Laus did was bust up his hands for a horrible team that never really appreciated him. I felt sorry for him.
Lets not forget a very important factor! The Flyers won 2 Cups not because of Dave Schultz
or the fighting but because Bernie Parent
stood on his head for 2 years and was amazing in net!
He stoned the Rangers in the 3rd period time and time again late and held on for a 4-3 win in game 7 when Schultz beat up Rolfe!
The Rangers were outshot badly in the first two periods and Giacomin was great and they dominated the 3rd period and only scored twice but the last 5 minutes Parent owned and held on for a tough 4-3 win!
People who know nothing about the Schultz/Rolfe game assume that the Flyers won like 6-2 but the game was 4-3 and it was the Rangers who dominated the 3rd period and especially the last 10 minutes or so! Remember that with a minute left with the Rangers on the attack, they got called for that bogus too many men on the ice penalty and Hadfield was sent to the box where he was seen laughing and drinking a fan's beer and when Emile Francis was told about it went nuts and Hadfield was gone to Pittsburgh quickly for Nick Beverley
The 1976 finals were all close games with three being one goal games but Rick MacLeish
was out with a broken leg and Bernie Parent
was injured also and didn't play against Montreal! MacLeish scored 24 goals in 34 games in the Flyers two Cup years and was a great player in those playoffs!
A healthy Bernie Parent
and a healthy Rick MacLeish
and the Flyers may have won 3 Cups in a row even with Montreal not intimidated!
Don't ever forget about Bernie Parent