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02-05-2014, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
Finally a note on the G.A.G. line: The Canadian side often argues (and not without justice) that the Soviets had a great advantage because their players were more familiar with each other, having trained and played together in units of three or even five men many times before they faced Team Canada. Well, the Hadfield - Ratelle - Gilbert line had played together more than any Soviet forward line in the Summit Series, it makes perfect sense that they brought in all three of them & of course played them together for the instant chemistry, especially in an eight game series where they intended to use a lot of lines anyway. In hindsight, after that line failed in game 1, it's easy to say you would have iced a different line if you had been in charge back then, but did you also say it or would you have said it in August 1972?
Remember, my lines were put together with the proviso that Bobby Hull is not banned. If he's in the lineup, and on a line with Phil Esposito and Rod Gilbert, that is a trio preferable to the G.A.G. Line for a series against a team with the skating and playmaking ability of the Soviets.

Another proviso is that the folks in charge have their heads on straight, and, as such, thoroughly scout the Soviets, and assemble a roster capable of competing effectively against the Soviets. Then, time enough is utilized to get Team Canada into shape, and the members of each line familiar with each other.

Since there was no scouting, and too little time was spent preparing Team Canada, it did make sense to bring in a trio having played many games together. That same thinking might have/should have prompted the folks in charge to bring in another ready-to-go trio.

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