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08-10-2009, 07:04 PM
Kyle McMahon
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
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.
That's the thing though: Even if the numbers may not support it, almost every Canadian who witnessed the Summit Series live will instantly tell you that Kharlamov was the best they had to offer, just like the Russian fans. And of course many Canadian fans are tend to be a lot more biased towards displays of grit and courage, like the Russian fans tend to be with explosive speed or maneouvering. Despite those differences, many Canadians who watched tend to agree with the Russians on Kharlamov. Was everybody "deceived", for lack of a better term?

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