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Hockey's Back on the Menu: Game 5 of the 1975 Quarterfinals (Vancouver vs Montreal)

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Kevin Biestra

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It's not the first playoff victory ever by the Canucks, earlier in this series, but it is the Canucks and the NHL dynasty 1970s Canadiens going to overtime in the 5th game of that storied series, and a good representation of those hard fighting Canucks and that year's hero - and in 4th place with room to spare in my books for greatest Canuck goalie of all time - Gary Smith.



Another classic David and Goliath matchup...


"Suitcase" Gary Smith vs. Hall of Famer Ken Dryden

Andre Boudrias vs. Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur

Don Lever vs. Hall of Famer Jacques Lemaire

Dennis Kearns vs Hall of Famer Serge Savard

Bob Dailey vs. Hall of Famer Larry Robinson

John Gould vs. Hall of Famer Steve Shutt

Bobby Lalonde vs. Hall of Famer Yvan Cournoyer

Bob Murray vs. Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe

Ron Seldbauer vs. Hall of Famer Henri Richard

Gerry O'Flaherty vs. Hall of Famer Bob Gainey


Some fine saves by the legend Gary Smith are on display here.  And a Canucks team with a never say die attitude.






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Thank-you for posting this.  It was fun to watch.  I remember the series and 3 of my favorite players were in that series.  Kenny in goal for Montreal, Suitcase Smith, Lapointe and Chris Odlesen (Probably miss spelled the name).  Honorable mention goes out to Bill Daily.  I was so upset when we traded Daily to Philly was a big mistake.  Thanks again

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