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11-23-2012, 02:23 PM
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WHCs werenīt the only window for "observers". There was also the Izvestija Tournament which was fairly respected tournament and also good amount of other international games so it wasnīt only those "20 games".

I would somewhat agree that CSSR was maybe better than USSR when talking about defensive game. From the games that I have watched from Youtube has left me a feeling that maybe Tretiak was more "alone" in goal than Holecek. Also the Finnish hockey book stats (I have feeling that those arenīt 100% correct but good guidelines) imply that CSSR had usually slightly less shots against goal than USSR. I have few all star voting results from early 70īs and those give love to Holecek and also CSSR defence. In Gold year 72 top 3 was all from CSSR (third tied)

1. Oldric Machac 79
2. Frantisek Pospisil 75
3. Josef Horesovsky 20
3. Vladimir Lutshenko 20

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