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10-25-2012, 04:17 PM
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The reason that the Russians are not well represented in the top 70 for that era is that the team as a whole was greater than the sum of its parts. In 79 and 81, they beat the NHL and Canada Cup teams in the crucial games before they even stepped onto the ice. The Russians, particularly Tikhonov, played a very shrewd psychological game with the Canadians. This was the masterminding behind the facades of the Cold War and one of the reasons that the Americans were able to defeat the Russians during this era and the Canadians not. The Americans played the same psychological game as the Russians while Canada could not. Most Canadians still believed the Russian empire to be an evil omnipotent power capable of anything. If you don't believe me, read about how Tikhonov approached the 81 Canada Cup final and his handling of Lafleur and Gretzky.

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