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01-10-2009, 05:45 AM
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But he wasn't so great vs. Montreal and Philadelphia (=easily the 2 best teams CSKA played against in the 1st Super Series).
Kharlamov looked very good against Montreal. His goal late in the 2nd made it a one goal game, slicing through Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe so quickly that they did not react in time. By the end of the 2nd period, Montreal was outshooting the Red army by a large amount. The red Army had only managed 7 shots by this point. However, 3 of them were Kharlamov's and 4 of them Mikhailov's. All the offense was coming from that line.
Tretiak was the player of the game that game though.
Against the Flyers, nobody on the red army team really asserted themselves. The Red Army's passing into the zone game was absolutely manhandled by the Flyers trapping, particularly on the smaller NHL ice surface. To make matters worse, they were physically manhandled, and not in a clean way. I completely understand why the Coach made them walk off the ice. Within 30 seconds. Kharlamov had taken a cold cocked punch to the face from Bill Barber along the boards, no call, and then a charging elbow to the head from Van Impe, no call. In fact, they gave the Red Army a delay of game penalty for protesting the elbow to Kharlamov, which is what led to them walking off the ice.
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