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02-23-2013, 01:30 AM
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In regards to the YouTube video; it's not quite the "full game" (many shifts missing), but it's close enough.

It was indeed a miracle, if you think about the form of Team USSR in 1978-79 and the 10-3 trouncing they gave to the American team just a few weeks prior to the Miracle game (-->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdWHxHdzHNo). However, USSR barely managed to beat Finland and Canada and it's quite amazing that even after those scares, they apparently thought that this would be an easy game (?). Interestingly, when there was no pressure anymore, the Soviets destroyed Sweden in their last game 9-2 (could've been 20-2) - finally playing like they should have all along. A great story, nevertheless, although it bothers me a bit that only the Soviet losses seem to be celebrated.

PS. while the 2nd US goal was indeed 'a defensive brainfart', Tretiak also gave up an absolutely horrible rebound...


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If anyone is looking for a good documentary about the game, this one by HBO is tops. Gives the perspective of the game from just about everyone.




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Amazing.

Do you believe in miracles?

Yes!

Love watching the ending of this.

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I was refereeing in the WCHA at the time. Fourteen of the twenty players on the team were from the WCHA, most from Minnesota, plus the trainer, equipment manager, Dr. and Herb Brooks.

I was reffing a game in Denver when the game was being played and when they announced the final score of the US-Soviet game, a big roar went up.

Bob Johnson, who was coaching the University of Wisconsin at that time, was in Colorado Springs for a weekend series with Colorado College. One of the referees in that series convinced him to miss the Saturday night game and go to Lake Placid for the Sunday gold medal game, US-Finland. Johnson was there to see his son Mark win a gold medal.

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In regards to the YouTube video; it's not quite the "full game" (many shifts missing), but it's close enough.

It was indeed a miracle, if you think about the form of Team USSR in 1978-79 and the 10-3 trouncing they gave to the American team just a few weeks prior to the Miracle game (-->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdWHxHdzHNo). However, USSR barely managed to beat Finland and Canada and it's quite amazing that even after those scares, they apparently thought that this would be an easy game (?). Interestingly, when there was no pressure anymore, the Soviets destroyed Sweden in their last game 9-2 (could've been 20-2) - finally playing like they should have all along. A great story, nevertheless, although it bothers me a bit that only the Soviet losses seem to be celebrated.

PS. while the 2nd US goal was indeed 'a defensive brainfart', Tretiak also gave up an absolutely horrible rebound...
Yeah that's for sure, I was referring to the fact that Biljaletinov (sp?) later said in an interview he looked up at the clock, thought the period was over, and was starting to skate off when Johnson blew past him.

A few thoughts, the first time I've really watched the game (or at least a substantial portion of it):

- This game really feels like a "changing of the guard" from the Kharlamov line to the Green Unit. The top line had a few chances, but every time Makarov or Krutov was on the ice you felt they could score. If Craig and the defence weren't so sharp Makarov could have had a hat trick, he just had that many chances.
- Tretiak. Well, he was having a bad tournament. Let's leave it at that.
- The Soviets didn't actually play that poorly, they just made a few glaring mistakes that the Americans punished ruthlessly. There was actually a lot of positives for them.
- How did the Soviets possibly take this team lightly? In hindsight, it's very easy to see the USSR's vulnerability (after almost losing to Canada/Finland) and the USA's domination (defeating the Czechs in a rout).
- Craig gets a lot of credit and deservingly so, but his team really stepped up the defence after taking the lead. Craig really only had to make routine saves in the last 10 minutes.
- Ramsey and Morrow must have seen 25 minutes or so of ice time that game, it seemed like they were on the ice for every crucial situation. They were blocking shots, intercepting centering passes, keeping the Soviet forwards away from the front of the net, doing all the basic things well. Ramsey in particular has the distinction of having played first-pairing minutes vs the USSR without once getting scored against. Of course now we know that they'd both become elite shutdown defencemen in the NHL, but it's impressive to see that they were already on that level when they were in the NCAA.
- By the final five minutes with Brooks just having everyone hold the blueline, and the Soviets looked like they simply didn't know how to get into the offensive zone! They were doing an awful lot of dump-and-chase, and even dumping the puck in before crossing centre ice (two icings on the Soviets in the last 3 minutes is killer).
- Mark Johnson was a beast all night. He scored two opportunistic goals, but his work on the PK really stands out.
- Tikhonov makes a rather strange decision in the final minute. First, there's the possibility of pulling the goalie (although when GD is the tiebreaker it's defensible not to). Then Tikhonov sends out the KPM line, who haven't looked too great, and Pervukhin/Bilyaletinov, both of whom are -3 so far. Is that really the lineup you want to have out there for your last chance to salvage a point?

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