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03-04-2013, 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
Yeah, and i've always gotten the impression when looking at soviet scoring races compared to AS-selections that the players on CSKA actually were hindred statisticly becouse of a more well spread TOI.
There could be a little bit of something to that. I believe Larionov commented during the Olympics (when he was on the studio panel) that Tikhonov was notorious for just rolling lines - in international play, in any event. Not sure about domestically (he obviously coached both guys on both squads). If memory serves, he was talking about match-ups, and how he didn't get to test himself head-to-head against Gretzky as much as he would have liked because Tikhonov predictably rolled the lines in his regular manner. As it turned out they apparently rarely ended up on the ice against each other.

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