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12-05-2012, 12:53 PM
Auston Marlander
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
Is Russia superior if it beats Canada by 1 goal? Of course not.

From the 1970's through the early 1990's, Canada and the Soviet Union were dead even at a minimum. From 1992 through 2004, Russian hockey plummeted because there were no funds available, and by 2005 a recovery and reconstruction in Russian hockey occurred that is starting to produce some real depth and quality. So your statistics will be skewed if you take a 20-year sample, because you are dealing with completely incomparable realities.
I think this might be the first time anyone has ever said a 20 year sample for sports is invalid. Whatever the reason may be, Russia was not as good as Canada in that time period. They brought their best and it just wasn't good enough. they are getting better and are near the top, but not THE top.

Someone has to be the best, in your opinion who is the best. I don't think games have to be a blow out if 1 team is almost always doing the winning over a long period of time.

Also are you ready to admit you were wrong about the SSS, so we can move past that?

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