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11-21-2012, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Okay. It just seems like you are focusing a ton on the 1976 Canada Cup. Seems like you think Holecek had a style that was destined to fail against NHLers and you are pointing to the Canada Cup as the time when it did fail. But what about the times when it didn't fail, such as the 1972 Summit Series Exhibitions and the 1978 World Championships? (And the exhibition games versus the WHA).

I get that there is an issue that Holecek didn't play a large sample of games against NHLers. But he did play a large sample of games vs the USSR and excelled. And those USSR teams proved themselves against NHLers.
Let's keep things factual. !972 Summit Series was one game against a sobriety challenged Team Canada:

21 saves on 24 shots, 11 in the last two periods, .878SV%. Dryden outplayed him.

Swedish goalies did just as well:

without the fanfare.

The limited examples of success were on the larger International rinks where the Czechs and their early version of the LWL masked the goaltending flaws of both Dzurilla and Holecek.

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