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November 6, 1970

November 6, 1970

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Howe Moved Back To Attack But Wings’ Offense Stalled

DETROIT— On offense the Red Wings have been very offensive this season—the adjective offensive, that is…like repugnant or obnoxious. It was a surprise to general manager Sid Abel, to coach Ned Harkness and to the Red Wing fans because this is a team with seven returning 20-or-plus goal scorers and another top candidate in rookie Tom Webster. The Red Wings reached bottom in the second period of a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks. They had just two shots on goal, one by defenseman Dale Rolfe and the other by Alex Delvecchio. And Detroit had one. full power play and part of another in the period. The two shots were the lowest in a season and a half for a Detroit team and left the fans as frustrated as the team with considerable…

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STARS OF THE WEEK

In The East At his present pace, little Yvan Cournoyer and not Bobby Hull, could ultimately end up as the National Hockey League’s first 60-goal scorer. The speedy right winger of the Montreal Canadiens has sizzled through the club’s first eight games scoring nine times, a momentum that could easily carry him past his personal NHL high of 43 goals. One of the fastest breaking skaters from the blueline to the goal, Cournoyer is enjoying his finest start of his seven-year career and holds the distinction of leading the NHL in goals scored after the first three weeks. He tallied three this past week. THE HOCKEY NEWS has selected Cournoyer as the East Division player whom we think belongs among the NHL’s top Stars Of The Week. In The West Don’t bet that Tony Esposito won’t…

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Hot Favell Wins More he Time

PHILADELPHIA— When Doug Favell first reported to the Flyers’ training camp this season, he came in as a longhair. “How come?” he was asked. “Last year I wasn’t playing much because I think Vic (Stasiuk) didn’t see me down the end of the bench,” quipped Doug. “Now with my hair long, he won’t be able to miss my hair net and curlers.” It was Favell’s humorous way of mentioning that he didn’t appreciate being a bench-warmer, especially since he felt he deserved to play much more. Finally, about midway through the campaign when Stasiuk was using him more, Doug suffered a severed Achilles tendon when he backed into a skate in the dressing room. He wound up missing the final six weeks of the season. “I think Vic didn’t use me regularly a year ago because…

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Curved Stick Reduction Fails To Deter Esposito

BOSTON— Phil Esposito, that old ‘garbage man’ from Sault Ste. Marie, is at it again. Not only is he continuing to make his Chicago detractors eat their words, but he is eating a few of his own. The most prolific pointgetter in the National Hockey League the past two years with a total of 225 for the Bruins, Espo once again was leading the league after four games with five goals and the same number of assists. This was interesting from two facets. First it put a sizeable dent in Phil’s training camp observation that the reduction in the curvature of the sticks to a half inch would bring a commensurate reduction in scoring through the league this season. Then it moved him to within seven points of another NHL plateau of 500 career…