Originally written on Lowetide  |  Last updated 11/8/11
These are the final standings, spring 1970. All kinds of things here: Oakland Seals made the playoffs, their second and final time. They were tied with the Flyers, but won via a tie breaker. Speaking of tie-breakers, you would not believe the fuss surrounding New York's Rangers finishing ahead of Montreal for the final playoff spot. An account of the story behind those standings is available here, but it would take forever to explain it completely. Montreal would turn things around the following season and win the Stanley in 1971, due to Boston's overconfidence and a big man named Dryden. I was never a Habs fan, but always liked their blueline as a kid. Serge Savard had lost his speed and played safety net for Larry Robinson, and Guy Lapointe arrived complete. Jacques Laperriere used to skate like he was slipping on a banana peel but it worked, and JC Tremblay was supremely skilled. I can't ever remember them fondly, because Orr was my hero. But the Habs blue from 1971 sp...
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