Considered one of the best at turning a situation to his teams advantage, Scotty Bowman was at his best following a playoff defeat to Buffalo.
Unhappy over the officiating in a semi-final game played on May 7, 1975, Bowman expressed his displeasure to reporters following the contest.
"I think the crowd reaction influenced the referee. But that's what home ice is all about isn't?," asked Bowman after the Canadiens fell 5-4 to the Sabres. The victory allowed Buffalo to take a 3-2 series lead.
Bowman clearly planted a seed for game six, but no amount of mind-games prevented Buffalo from advancing to the Stanley Cup final against Philadelphia.