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04-26-2012, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jarek View Post
As much as Conacher will give Leetch issues, I think the biggest question is how many issues will Gretzky cause for Australia? It is well documented that Potvin didn't do much better than an average job against Gretzky, I thought, and I'm sure the Islanders put out their best defensive players to go out against Gretzky as well, and he still managed to score. I'm not going to say that Australia will get destroyed defensively, but I do think you guys are talking a little too casually over how good a match Potvin and Australia's forwards are against Gretzky.
I haven't dug deeply into the statistics, but my memory is pretty clear about what happened in those finals. In the first one, the Isles checked Gretzky as effectively as anyone ever did in his whole career. In the second one, the Oilers did much better, but it wasn't Gretzky who went wild in the finals so much (except for the last game), as Messier and Coffey.

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