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11-01-2012, 03:55 PM
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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.
Do you think Sinden was overly happy about Hadfield blowing up and being selfish after finding out he'd be sitting game 2? And as you mentioned they all got 1 more game in canada plus both sweden games. Also one of the players they were benched for was Wayne Cashman whom got that tongue injury in sweden. So I'm led to believe that they likely would have gotten back in had they stayed in Russia. Even if they didnt could you blame Sinden? Goal scoring wasn't a problem for Canada, they scored 3 or more in all 8 games, it was goal prevention that was their issue.
Dyden maybe got 1 more start than he deserved; 2 bad games and Sinden went back to him yet he had a great game in game 6 and did not get the next start.
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