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10-31-2008, 04:41 PM
I voted for Kodos
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Originally Posted by pitseleh View Post
Yep, I think you've got it. Also, Maltsev never stood out as much against Canada as Mikhailov, Kharlamov, Yakushev, or Makarov did at different points in time. Maltsev's strongest 'visible' performance was in the '76 Canada Cup, when he was named an all-star, but even then he didn't really stand out in the game against Canada.
Maltsev was the Soviet player of the game for that contest. Though he didn't score (the Soviets did put up one goal), he must have done something well to merit that small laurel. He played very well against the Czechs and a team Sweden that iced Borje Salming. Kind of a shame that Maltsev's best showing against North American professionals came in probably the most lopsided international tournament ever. That 76 Team Canada was stupid good, and the Soviets decided to play games with their roster for the tournament due to some combination of political intrigue between Tasarov and Tikhonov and probably knowing that with Kharlamov nursing two broken ankles, they were better off playing the "we didn't really try" card than getting beat fair and square.

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