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11-01-2012, 02:51 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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the problem is the rangers GAG line was floating heavily in games 1 and 4 as well as the sweden games. Sinden was getting sick of it and not playing them.
Also keep in mind it was an 11 game series (2 more against sweden and 1 against the czechs). Every player who stuck with the team and was healthy got into at least 1 game. It should be noted Bobby Orr was on that 35 man roster but not clear to play.
It's hard to say if Canada would have won game 1; they lost by 4 goals and by all accounts Dryden did take it seriously. surely by the time it got to russia, canada took it seriously and all 4 of those games were decided by 1 goal. I can't imagine it would have been a sweep unless the WHA was allowed to play.
The GAG line only played in Game 1. They were all benched in Game 2, Ratelle played in Game 3 (and played well), was benched for Game 4 while Gilbert and Hadfield moved back into the lineup. They played in Sweden together.
I watched Game 1 a few times. The GAG Line wasn't great defensively (nobody on Team Canada was) but Ratelle and Gilbert created some offensive chances. They were not as bad as Sinden made them out to be.
And think about this. Sinden kept throwing Frank Mahovlich and Ken Dryden back out there. Mahovlich's play ranged from mediocre, to absurd. He plain stunk. And Dryden kept getting chances even though with the exception of his play in Game 6, he didn't deserve them. And yet Sinden wouldn't give the GAG Line a chance of redeeming themselves.
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