Twenty years of Soviet Hockey: 1962 - 1982
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10-31-2008, 04:46 PM
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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.
I've seen the game a couple times on the DVD and I think he got the player of the game for being the best of a bad lot rather than really standing out as someone great. You could see his exceptional stickhandling and he had some moments but it wasn't the same as Kharlamov or Yakushev in '72.
He was great in the tournament in other games but I'm guessing in Canada most people only really followed Canada in the tournament and because of that they didn't see him at his best. All of the games on the DVDs involve Canada, so it may be that only the Canada games were broadcasted live.
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