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02-15-2013, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Yamaguchi View Post
I am afraid I have to disagree with you.

Tretiak has played loads of great games against world's most talented teams and has been terrific and dominant in most of them.
Bolded. I think that you could say that about many other great goalies on the list. And unlike some others, Tretiak always played for teams (the Soviet ntl team and CSKA) that were nearly always favoured to win their opponents; yet USSR was not the world champion in 1972, 1976 and 1977 and did not win the olympic gold in 1980. CSKA failed to win the Soviet league title in 1974 and 1976. Tretiak was also in goal when Czechoslovakia beat USSR 7-2 in the 1974 WC and 8-3 in the 1977 Izvestia tournament. Obviously, this is not all Tretiak's fault, but there are those occasions when he couldn't help his team to win...

I can understand that watching Tretiak's best games like the 1975 game vs. Montreal and the 1981 Canada Cup final (and there are many other great ones) might give the impression that he was 'the best of all-time'. But unfortunately, he did not always play like that; probably not even 'most of the time'.


1979 Challenge Cup, game 2, the highlights (16 shots against, 4 goals against):

Buffalo Sabres vs CSKA, 1980, the goals:

1-0 2-0

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