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11-16-2012, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Siberian View Post
Weird series. Team Q played great in Game 2, both OHL and WHL failed to impress. Russia looked inconsistent, very good defence and outstanding goaltending with terrible, probably the worst PP I have seen from recent Russian U-20 teams. Yakupov showed zero, I am not so sure if the team may have been better without him.

I agree with your assessment of Yakupov. Its not unprecedented for a lone superstar player to have a negative effect on a team's play (only when the superstar produces nothing, of course). Other players on the team may be intimidated or in awe and just sit back and defer to the star's role of taking the team on his back.

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