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11-07-2012, 04:29 PM
Czech Your Math
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It certainly wouldn't have hurt Canada to have Lemieux in '98, but can't say much more than that about the final result. The Czechs were playing really well as a team defensively and Hasek was at his peak. They outshot the Canadians and Lindros tied it up near the end of regulation. Maybe Lemieux's line ties it up before that or instead of Lindros, but I see it probably still going to a shootout. That would mean Lemieux would have to score on the shootout for it go to extra shooters. I just don't see Lemieux, at 32 and playing his third straight full NHL season (something he hadn't done since '88-90), being enough to turn the tide in regulation or OT. Again, the only time Canada scored was near the end of regulation when they really had nothing to lose by going all-out offensively, so it's difficult to see Lemieux's line being responsible for two goals in that context... but then he was Super Mario, so anything's possible.

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