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10-01-2012, 02:51 PM
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Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
What you have to understand is that the quality of NHL hockey has always been vastly overblown. Before the '72 Series, the Toronto Globe and Mail's featured columnist, Dick Beddoes, pledged that if Team Canada didn't win all of 8 games by at least 10 goals, that he would eat his column in a bowl of borscht. Mr. Beddoes' digestive system was the first to come to grips with the fact that the NHL was never what its publicists made it out to be.
Lots of people underestimated the Soviets before the '72 series, but I'm not sure how that is relevant in this discussion. We now have 40 years worth of knowledge about the topic that Mr Beddoes and others didn't have at the time. Even within the microcosm of the '72 series it is pretty obvious that Canada vastly improved as the series went on, which certainly supports my argument.

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