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08-10-2009, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kyle McMahon View Post
That is very true, and it's something that has crossed my mind as well. Kharlamov is definitely a case where the legend may have outgrown the player. But most Canadians who watched him in the Summit Series felt he was the best as well, though that is a small sample size and Kharlamov was apparently at his absolute peak right around that time.
If you look at the Soviet stats from the Summit Series you will see that Alexander Yakushev led the Soviets in scoring followed by Vladimir Shadrin. Kharlamov made an instant impression in Canada in game one but then slowly came down to earth whereas Yakushev's performance grew as the series progressed.

Also Valeri Kharlamov was the most penalized Soviet player. He gave as good as he got BUT the apologists who want to paint Bobby Clarke as a villain tend to overlook such behavior.

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