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1972 Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6 Highlights For years it was believed only a few highlights of the 1972 Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers still existed. (Before 1980, TV networks often erased sports programming in order to reuse the expensive videotapes for other events. After all, the conventional wisdom was that nobody would be interested in seeing old sports events! For example, there is no surviving full videotape of Super Bowl I.) Someone at Madison Square Garden discovered the New York Rangers had filmed the sixth game of the Cup finals for their own purposes. In 2008 MSG network combined an audio tape of Dan Kelly's CBS broadcast (preserved by a Bruins fan) and dubbed it over the silent film the Rangers had made. The happy result is this 12-minute condensed version of the game in which the Bruins defeated the Rangers 3-0 to win their fifth Stanley Cup. Look for the brilliance of Boston's Bobby Orr to be the deciding factor. Note: You may have to crank up the sound to adequately hear the legendary voice of Dan Kelly do the play-by-play.
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Added: 6th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-01-06 
Was I ever thrilled to find this! I thought I'd never see this historic game again.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2015-01-06 
Now if only someone has the video from the first two Super Bowls.
Posted by: Classico on 2015-01-07 
'' there is no surviving videotape of Super Bowl I


Seriously???

I thought NFL Films had it.

Luckily for me I am old enough to remember all Super Bowls - have never missed even one. Would be nice if everyone got a chance to see them all like I did.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-01-08 
From what I gather, there are a few snippets of highlights from Super Bowl I (such as Max McGee making a catch), but no complete version of game exists on videotape. Likewise, from this hockey game, I had seen highlight-reel footage of Bobby Orr's spinning goal that gave Boston a 1-0 lead, and I had seen a clip of the final few seconds of the game and Johnny Bucyk skating with the Stanley Cup--but not the complete game since 1972.

Of course this doesn't just apply to sports programming. There are fewer than five complete episodes of the Art Fleming daytime Jeopardy! shows. There's virtually nothing remaining of two of my favorite game shows as a kid: Jackpot and Celebrity Sweepstakes. They were all erased by taping over them.

To me it's astonishing and sad that TV networks discarded visual records of history so cavalierly.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-01-21 
One thing that stands out in this game from 1972 was how long the players' shifts were. Boston's last goal came with about 90 seconds left in the game. The five Bruins who were on the ice for that goal remained on the ice for the last 90 seconds! Today there would be about three line changes in 90 seconds. (Phil Esposito said in an interview a few years ago that he couldn't play in the modern NHL because it took him 30 seconds into his shift to feel warmed up.)
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