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05-27-2011, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Really, when you look at this objectively, Gusarov should be seen as a lesser version of Watson. Watson was also boring and safe and useless offensively. Watson was a bit more physical, and definitely better in the dressing room. Watson also enjoyed more team success and was a bigger part of that success.
Except Watson himself admits he had little skill, thriving through hard work, commitment and shotblocking. Gusarov was a skilled Soviet top-6 mobile offensively contributing rearguard in the 1980s before changing his style for the emerging Dead Puck Era NHL.

Originally Posted by Boy Wonder
I might actually be thinking of Alexei Gusev. All the Russian names sound the same...
Indeed. Gusev was a top-4 Soviet in the mid-70s who tended to wander. There is film available online of games he played well and games he hasn't. I recall one game he and Petrov stunk up the ice with multiple bad plays.

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