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11-19-2012, 01:22 PM
Hammer Time
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I don't think it's a case of the refs were being "biased" so much as NHL officials being more lenient than European officials. Since Canada played a more physical, rough style than the Soviets, and the Soviets had much better special teams, this would be to Canada's advantage. The opposite was true in Moscow in 1972 - Canadian players complained about biased referees but it was simply European referees calling the game more strictly. Clarke's 12 PIM was certainly deserved.

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