Did Phil Esposito ever reach his '72 Summit Series level of play in the NHL?

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  1. Iapyi

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    I remember as a younger lad then I am now when Esposito got possession of the puck on a PK and killed the whole penalty himself by carrying the puck.
     
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    Here is probably a rather rare clip (?) of Espo when he needed to be in a hurry. NOT the slowest guy ever anyway?



    (if the sync doesn't work it's at 10:20)
     
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    Not the slowest...but still very slow. Those are some heavy feet, boy...
     
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    part of the notion that Espo was slow is his size.

    big guys like that always look slower than they really are. Big strides and a lumbering frame just look slower.

    same reason little guys look faster than they are. short legs = more strides and the extra motion gives the impression of speed
     
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    Believe me, I know haha. Espo's just not a great skater. Doesn't mean he's a bag of trash...but that wasn't his strength. If he was a strong skater and had that pop to his stride it (well, would have been reflected there) would have been seen in his cruising speed...but it really wasn't.
     

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