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11-27-2009, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens Fan View Post
I don't quite understand.

In 1976 Canada defeated the Russians in the Canada Cup.

And the Russian team in that tournament was by no means a stacked team since the following players at were left at home - Gennady Tsygankov, Yuri Lyapkin, Valeri Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov, Vladimir Petrov, Vladimir Shadrin, and Alexander Yakushev, all of whom were part of their 1976 Olympic gold medal winning squad.
1976 Summit Series, or 1974 I guess. Whichever year it was. Either way, Tretiak played behind some very very good teams internationally, so saying that he had to play against some highly stacked teams without context is very misleading. I think Hall's achievements against those stacked Habs teams is more impressive than what Tretiak did to be honest.

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