Red Army vs Bruins and Rangers 1975-76
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01-13-2013, 09:52 AM
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Bruins had the Soviets bottled up on the small Garden ice for most of the game. But when the Red Army did break out of their own zone it was usually an odd man rush.
Tretiak kept them in the game in the first period
Yes, but in a way, Gilbert kept Boston in the game in the 1st period too. Red Army might have had only 8 shots on goal (to Bruins' 19), but they were nearly all quality scoring chances.
The SOG numbers do tell something about the Russian defence, i.e. the lack of it, in the early/mid-Seventies: e.g. often it looks like they couldn't get the puck out of their own zone, even if their lives depended on it - except by icing the puck (which then resulted to a face-off in their zone, which they would often lose etc. etc.).
The Boston-CSKA game is the best of the bunch in my opinion; despite the final score, it was the most evenly played of the four games, and the pace at least looks a little faster than in the Montreal game.
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