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10-03-2012, 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Sergei DRW View Post
Stronger 3rd and 4th?

Soviet team of 87-88' had a great 3rd line from the Dynamo Moscow Lomakin-Semak and Nemchinov
someone named Yuri Khmylev from the Soviet Wings club became a notable center for the Buffalo Sabres along Dale Hawerchuk and Alexander Mogilny.
Sergei Svetlov and Anatoly Semenov weren't too shabby either, all of them scored goals and weren't just "travelers" on that team.
Well, I take the 3rd line of A. Golikov-V. Golikov-Makarov (1978/79-1980) over Lomakin-Semak-Nemchinov (or whichever 3rd line in 1987) any day of the week and twice on blah blah blah. Add the 4th line of either Skvortsov, Kovin and Varnakov ('Gorky Torpedo line', 1979 Challenge Cup) or Skvortsov-Lebedev-Yakushev (1979 World Championships), and yes, IMO nothing in 1987-88 can compare to that. In the 1987 Rendez-Vous and 1987 Canada Cup finals, the Soviets were almost totally dependent on their top and 2nd line, as far as goalscoring goes. Maybe injuries played some part in that (at least in the 1987 CC), but it doesn't change things that much.

In 1981-82 there were players like Kozhevnikov, V. Golikov, Tyumenev, Drozdetsky, Zhluktov, Khomutov playing on the 3rd and 4th lines; again, more depth than in 1987.

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