- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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A. Very little. I can remember the series, but I can't put specific events into specific games. It's all a blur.
Q. Did you know that you went 90 consecutive minutes of playing time without allowing a goal?
A. You're kidding!
Q. No, you did. Phil Esposito scored on you at the 29-second mark of one game, and it was 90 minutes before any Bruin scored on you again, and then it was Bobby Orr on an impossible baseball-type shot from an impossible angle.
A. Yeah, I remember that shot. Bobby Orr does impossible things routinely.
Q. Did you have a personal plan against Boston?
A. I had all kinds of plans, and I had some very good advice. Our goalie, Rogatien Vachon, took me aside before the opening of the series and he said, "Whenever the Bruins pass the puck in front of the net, take it for granted that it will wind up on Phil Esposito's stick and it is already on its way to the goal. Don't bother studying the puck inch by inch; assume it is going to Espo and assume he is going to shoot. Be ready for him, anticipate him, move into him and you'll be ahead of the game."
Q. Phil's still running around telling people you put some kind of black magic on him, because you made so many miraculous stops.
A. Well, Rogey's advice helped, and our defense played very well. And anyway, Esposito got three goals on me in seven games. Anybody but him would think that's a pretty good average. But then he is such a great player, it must have been a letdown for him.
Q. What was your approach to the rest of the Bruins?