Can you make a case for Potvin over Orr in the 1976 Canada Cup?
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11-23-2012, 02:55 PM
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Hmmm, a wee bit arrogant IMO. I mean, maybe if Czechoslovakia had had the same level of goaltending (or at least close to it) in the finals as they did in the group game, there would have been some fear of losing?
Can't agree on the 1st period of the 2nd final either. Two quick and maybe easy goals to make it 2-0, yes, but "total domination" in the first period? Nope. The game settled down somewhat and was pretty competitive after 'shaky' Holecek was replaced by Dzurilla.
And from what I remember & have seen, Czechoslovakia was more of a counterattacking team, rather than one who had the puck/dominatated for long stretches. I think that's how it often was in the Czechoslovakia vs. USSR games also; the Soviets usually dominated the play, and Czechoslovakia tried to capitalize on their mistakes.
Canada definitely had more guns and would've arguably had more room for improvement; for example, many of the Habs players did not quite play on the level they were capable of. However, if, say, Dzurilla had played like he did in the group game, anything could've happened. Had Canada lost, yes, it would have been a huge upset but not exactly miracle on ice.
Well you can watch the first period of Game 2 of the final. Canada took the play to them pretty good. They had a puck a ton of the time. Momentum didn't really shift until Potvin's penalty in the second period. The Czechs were a great team. They did well in Game 2 after that drubbing in the first game and gave Canada a scare in the third period. I don't know, maybe hindsight is 20/20 because we know the results now, but when the Czechs scored that go ahead goal in the third Canada just seemed so poised to tie it up. Not panicky either. I don't know, maybe it's because no matter what line was out there was a major threat to score, but they just seemed confident, as did Vachon.
I will agree, that while Lafleur didn't play poor, he didn't raise his game in that tournament like we'd have thought. And if Lafleur doesn't do this neither does Shutt. Throw Clarke and Dionne as a couple others I'd have expected to produce more.
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