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11-21-2012, 11:21 PM
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Czech Team Defence

Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Everything I have ever read about the 1970s Czechoslovakian National Teams indicated that goaltending was considered a strength of the team, especially against the USSR and Tretiak. The IIHF directorate (who chose best goalie of the tournament) and the media (who picks the All Star Teams) seemed to think so.

I mean, I can buy that Holecek's style was perhaps better against the Soviet East-West game than the Canadian North-South game. But calling Czechoslovakia's goaltending "suspect" seems pretty out there.
Czech team defence kept the Soviet East West game under control. 1976 Olympic clip showed this. Once that broke down on the Yakushev goal Holacek was flopping around like a fish out of water.

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