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09-13-2012, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by espo View Post

I have made it a point to watch the rebroadcast of these games because it's the first time since these games actually happened in 1987 that I have watched them again in their entirety.

Aside from the entertainment value I wanted to focus on the officiating as much has been made from Russian posters at how biased the officiating was and that it clearly led to their loss. , it is taken as gospel by their posters here.

what have I found out? Basically exactly what you said. I've seen bad calls against the Russians or calls where the Canadians should have been penalised and i've thought 'gee, bad officiating" but then 5 minutes later I am seeing the same thing concerning the Canadians and thinking "we got robbed there"

And then I woke up and thought to myself.."hey, this is the way the game was called then" I had almost forgot.

Conclusion.....................Russia getting robbed is a myth. It was just two great teams playing great hockey where some team had to lose and Canada sneaked out the win by one goal, what can you say? It could have went either way, Canada on that day was the team fortunate enough to have won what was obviously going to be a tight series regardless of who won.

But it wasn't officiating that decided the victor, that is now 100% certain in my mind.If anything I would give an above poster who mentioned bad Russian goaltending as being the difference in this series.Some better work in goal and Russia may have won.

Of course, the goalie is part of the team, they count toward whether you have a better team or not, obviously Russia did not.

We can all put the cheating thing to rest now, any fair minded fan knows that's hogwash after watching these games without homer bias. I am sure it won't but we can all chalk that up to sore loserness around here from this point forward because that is all it is and I think this place is less for any baby wants it's bottle stuff.

Couldn't agree more. To be honest, outside of the third game, Canada didn't even play that physical. By throwing two of Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier and Anderson over the boards for what seemed like three quarters of the game, over the first two, it was very much a skill on skill battle. Which was one of the main reasons, along with neither side having much in the way of quality depth on the backend, that the scoring was as high as it was.

While Russia may not have had the level of goaltending they were accustomed to with Tretiak, neither one of Sergei Mylnikov or Evgeny Belosheykin were poor in the series. Of the 33 goals scored over the three games, there were only a handful that I would consider to be poor goals.

Fuhr allowed 16 goals in the series and was easily one of Canada's best players. With such elite skill on the ice for much of the game and neither side playing a defensive system, goals were going to be scored.

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