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The greatest goals scored by the Green Unit

While working on the Green Unit penalty killing study I also collected the links to the greatest goals scored by the Green Unit. First I will post the greatest passing play/ team goals scored by the unit and later on I will post the greatest individual effort goals. Now some of the goals here were scored by other players like Bykov, Kamensky and Konstantinov but what all of the goals have in common is that at least 2 members of the Green Unit were involved in each of them. And in my opinion the following links has some of the greatest goals ever scored.

Absolutely brilliant goal from the KLM line against Finland at the 1986 WHC. Krutovs move at the offensive blue line really is something else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uzEWGh3OEQ&t=0m17s

Brilliant passing play and goal from Krutov-Tyumenev-Makarov against Edmonton at the 85/86 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xQAQyiLbyY&t=95m28s

Incredible passing leading up to this goal against Canada at the 1986 WHC. The crowd reaction at 10:54 really says it all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogrpN2HY800&t=10m36s

Absolutely brilliant passing play and goal from the KLM-line against Sweden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTZk_IJHqvQ&t=0m14s

Another amazing goal from the KLM-line against Sweden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huM-gH6kZXc&t=0m25s And here it is at full speed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuld5bKYLEQ&t=50m51s

Beautiful goal against Finland at the 1986 WHC. Look at this passing play. Incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qMG75JtwwE&t=54m29s

Another great goal against Finland at the 1986 WHC. This time the entire Green Unit touches the puck during the brilliant passing play leading up to the goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qMG75JtwwE&t=48m33s

Very pretty passing play and goal from Krutov-Bykov-Makarov at Canada Cup 1987. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsUO3BFf4Q0&t=7m57s

First some nice passing and then Makarov finishes it off with a nice rush and goal (beating Potvin). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogrpN2HY800&t=46m48s

Another really great goal after some beautiful puck movement from the unit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1zqKo48b-E&t=27m47s

Great combination between Fetisov and Makarov before Fetisov scores against Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq3CYwQit9s&t=29m37s

Great passing play at the end of which Kasatonov scores against USA at the 1988 Olympics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o_TJe6fmB4&t=11m49s

Incredible goal from the unit. Look at Makarovs final pass to Kasatonov. Really amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuld5bKYLEQ&t=50m19s Here you can get a closer look at the pass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huM-gH6kZXc&t=5m26s

Fetisov scores another great goal against USA at the 1988 Olympics after a great passing play from the unit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o_TJe6fmB4&t=87m37s

Brilliant combination from Makarov and Krutov who scores against Tony Esposito at the 1981 Canada Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVtzifQ1iDA&t=40m40s

Makarov and Krutov completely fools Tom Barrasso at the 1984 Canada Cup. What a goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igs0jztXBmM&t=0m13s

Beautiful passing plays leading up to Krutovs goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=16m34s

Great goal against Czechoslovakia at the 1986 WHC. Makarovs final pass to Larionov really is pretty special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uhS20-Yx7s&t=60m0s

Great passing play finished off by Krutov against Canada at the 1988 Olympics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRd7hLrsRQ0&t=100m16s

Makarov scores after some nice team-play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU6w890cCC8&t=60m29s

Beautiful passing play finished off by Krutov against Sweden. Look at the speed of the breakout pass from Fetisov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=7m47s

Beautiful powerplay goal from Larionov after some very impressive passing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1tjsup0yS0&t=45m37s

Great goal scored by the KLM-line against Czechoslovakia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=23m43s

Fetisov scores assisted by Krutov and Makarov against Finland at the 1986 WHC. Look at Makarovs rush up the ice. The way he moves past the opponent just looks so effortless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qMG75JtwwE&t=18m41s

Krutov scores a great goal assisted by Fetisov and Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=3m22s

Another great goal by Krutov setup by Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=4m2s

Beautiful setup from Makarov to Krutov who beats Hasek at the 1986 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uhS20-Yx7s&t=36m38s

If someone still believes that Krutov was all about strenght they should really watch this shift. Look at those hands on a couple of different occasions. Then Larionov scores assisted by Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXeyMBBKiHc&t=73m46s

Beautiful goal from the KLM-line at the 1987 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVmjTxFNngE&t=87m12s

A dominant shift ends with that Makarov finds Krutov who scores against Sweden at the 1981 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeY9mBnhIR4&t=4m26s

Petrov scores assisted by Makarov and Krutov. Very nice goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtf0kK--PPo&t=36m10s

Larionov scores a great goal after some nice plays from the unit against Czechoslovakia at the 1988 Olympics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVMhB_m76dU&t=6m18s

Larionov makes a great move before Krutov scores here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_CG7XogH3E&t=71m24s

Makarov and Larionov makes some great plays to setup Nemshinov for a goal against Hartford Whalers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oERkJ7cWIsA&t=20m36s

The KLM-line scores a nice goal against the Trio Grande at the 1981 Canada Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21AE0IXBl9A&t=31m54s

Beautiful shorthanded goal from Makarov against USA at the 1985 WHC after some nice passes from Kasatonov and Larionov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyLkjl25ueE&t=95m14s

Larionov scores a very nice powerplay goal assisted by Fetisov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTDDs3ad69A&t=67m47s

Look at this deflection from Krutov. Pretty nice goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=7m16s

Great goal from Krutov-Tyumenev-Makarov against Montreal at the 85/86 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1d3NWl1nN4&t=24m10s

Another great goal from Krutov-Tyumenev-Makarov against Montreal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1d3NWl1nN4&t=72m50s

Great assist from Makarov to Fetisov who scores against Hasek at the 1986 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uhS20-Yx7s&t=39m33s

Krutov shows his great hand-eye coordination and scores assisted by Larionov and Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Ke8oGZ0gM&t=29m33s

Krutov scores against Czechoslovakia on a great assist from Larionov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVMhB_m76dU&t=33m44s

Another great goal from the unit against Czechoslovakia at the 1988 Olympics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVMhB_m76dU&t=45m37s

Bykov scores a great goal assisted by Krutov and Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVMhB_m76dU&t=58m20s

Kamensky scores after a great assist from Makarov and Larionov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Ke8oGZ0gM&t=18m16s

Krutov scores after a great assist from Larionov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=40m35s

Great combination from Makarov and Krutov against Czechoslovakia at the 1985 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDrSAm2OhKg&t=62m50s

Another strong passing play from the unit. This time finished off by Larionov against Czechoslovakia at the 1987 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYQ0de60wIk&t=35m4s

Krutov scores at the end of a dominating shift. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=21m25s

Bykov scores a great shorthanded goal assisted by Kasatonov and Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTDDs3ad69A&t=62m16s

Krutov scores after some nice puck movement from the unit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVmjTxFNngE&t=9m54s

Makarov scores at the end of a very dominating shift. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogrpN2HY800&t=26m29s

Great combination between Makarov and Larionov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogrpN2HY800&t=4m39s

Another nice goal from the KLM-line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=25m56s

Makarov and Krutov makes a great assist to Konstantinov at the 1989 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UmuSYBBAMU&t=70m53s

Nice goal from the unit against New York Islanders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLfHOlnzFq4&t=98m44s

Nice goal from the unit at Rendezvous 1987. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=17m1s

Krutov scores after some nice passes from Fetisov, Makarov and Bykov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw26_uGcQc8&t=28m9s

Konstantinov scores assisted by Larionov and Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5dAj_lZK8k&t=15m18s

Nice powerplay goal from Krutov-Larionov-Tyumenev. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkE3DOS5LR4&t=75m54s

Nice powerplay goal from Krutov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=8m36s

Krutov scores against Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup assisted by Makarov and Stelnov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fHgAQGHHP8&t=52m50s


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..... wow. nice work & thanks!.

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Brilliant combination from Makarov and Krutov who scores against Tony Esposito at the 1981 Canada Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVtzifQ1iDA&t=40m40s

Great goal scored by the KLM-line against Czechoslovakia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=23m43s

Kamensky scores after a great assist from Makarov and Larionov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Ke8oGZ0gM&t=18m16s
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Great assist from Makarov to Fetisov who scores against Hasek at the 1986 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uhS20-Yx7s&t=39m33s
I had never really thought about it before but beating the defenceman to the outside and then finding the open man in the middle seems to have been one of Makarovs trademark assists during his prime. In the quotes we have some great examples of this and here we have 2 more examples.

Makarov goes to the outside of the defenceman and assists on a goal by Golikov against Canada at the 1980 Olympics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFVuseI7TmM&t=84m15s

Makarov once again goes to the outside and finds Krutov in the middle for a goal against Sweden at the 1987 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T9X0KfXesI&t=7m30s


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Absolutely brilliant goal from the KLM line against Finland at the 1986 WHC. Krutovs move at the offensive blue line really is something else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uzEWGh3OEQ&t=0m17s

Beautiful goal against Finland at the 1986 WHC. Look at this passing play. Incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qMG75JtwwE&t=54m29s

Another great goal against Finland at the 1986 WHC. This time the entire Green Unit touches the puck during the brilliant passing play leading up to the goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qMG75JtwwE&t=48m33s
This is just exactly how it was with USSR vs Finland back in the 1980s, men vs little boys.

No wonder there's been conspiracy theories about Finland's victory over the Soviets at the 1988 Olympics. As for Tikhonov, in his book he "keeps poker face" ("we tried our best but it wasn't enough blah blah"), but later on when he was asked about the game, he just gave a mischevious smile.

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This is just exactly how it was with USSR vs Finland back in the 1980s, men vs little boys.

No wonder there's been conspiracy theories about Finland's victory over the Soviets at the 1988 Olympics. As for Tikhonov, in his book he "keeps poker face" ("we tried our best but it wasn't enough blah blah"), but later on when he was asked about the game, he just gave a mischevious smile.
Do you have any source about this conspiracy therory?.

edit. i am Finn.....

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Do you have any source about this conspiracy therory?.

edit. i am Finn.....
Sure, I've got over 10000 pages of really "hot" material; just give me your address, and...

No, it's just people/fans talking (already back in 1988). And I remember an interview with Tikhonov in some Finnish magazine (probably Jääkiekkolehti, but I'm not sure) where he was asked about the game, and his reaction/response indicated that USSR weren't really 'killing themselves' to trying to win the game, although I don't remember his exact words. Of course, USSR did not really have any stake in the game (except for maybe 'pride'), so it's not a surprise that they weren't at their best anyway...

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So moving on to the greatest solo goals scored by the members of the Green Unit. Most of the available solo goals from the members of the Green Unit were scored by Makarov or Krutov.

Great solo goal from Makarov against Quebec at the 85/86 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmOBYdu2DFQ&t=44m0s

Makarovs great goal in the 1984 Canada Cup semifinal where he turned Larry Robinson inside out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hOPwJpIq9c&t=65m41s

Makarovs great solo goal against Hasek and Czechoslovakia at the 1990 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaBndXUlL1M&t=83m31s

Krutov scores a great goal against Minnesota at the 82/83 Super Series. Such patience with the puck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5hwdvqZwTw&t=52m34s

Makarov scores a great solo goal against USA at the 1985 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyLkjl25ueE&t=51m50s

Makarov scores a great goal against Erie Blades of the EHL in a warm up game for the 1980 Olympics. Unfortunately he does not only fake out the opposing players but also the camera man so we miss parts of the rush. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pErFG1_xw60&t=1m25s

Makarov with a beautiful solo goal against USA at the 1989 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktHkM9lZ5M8&t=84m34s

Great goal from Makarov in the 88/89 European Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDePsVNEa4U&t=36m52s

Larionov scores a beautiful goal against Canada at the 1989 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvIGcgW8F2A&t=11m14s

Great solo goal from Krutov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=12m17s

Beautiful solo goal from Makarov against Sweden at the 1989 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmzJFEGU9VE&t=19m45s

Great patience from Makarov when he scores against West Germany at the 1987 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTDDs3ad69A&t=93m59s

Makarovs solo goal against Sweden at the 1980 Olympics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJEwOFNvsT4&t=8m43s

Krutovs shorthanded goal against Canada at the 1981 Canada Cup where he dekes out Lafleur before scoring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfly1A00HOQ&t=40m57s

Krutov shows his great skating and scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=40m22s

Beautiful goal from Krutov against USA in a warm up game for the 1980 Olympics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=29m55s

Krutov with a nice goal against Calgary at the 82/83 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hzwTe_QfOY&t=69m35s

Another example of Krutovs speed. Nice goal against Canada in the 1984 Canada Cup. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPUwedCyLkA&t=17m25s

Fetisov skates away from Marcel Dionne and scores against Canada at the 1983 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMl7mZT3I6g&t=98m15s

Nice goal from Krutov against Finland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=3m51s

Another solo goal from Makarov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuld5bKYLEQ&t=50m30s

Another solo goal from Krutov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=38m57s

Krutov skates away from the defence and scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=37m48s

Nice goal from Krutov against Minnesota. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5hwdvqZwTw&t=63m45s

Another nice goal from Krutov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=33m30s


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Another strenght of the Green Unit was to score on lightning quick counterattacks. In the previous posts there are some examples of this and here are some other examples.

Fetisov finds Makarov who scores on a breakaway against Canada at the 1989 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw26_uGcQc8&t=49m43s

Krutov finds Makarov who scores against West Germany at the 1984 Canada Cup. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMG_kjBsP7o&t=72m50s

Krutov scores a shorthanded goal on a breakaway against Sweden at the 1987 Canada Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u06yewzXc1I&t=49m25s

Fetisov with a breakout pass to Makarov who scores against USA at the 1988 Olympics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o_TJe6fmB4&t=8m47s

Makarovs shorthanded breakaway goal against Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FeJ3lCpU6U&t=40m30s

Fetisovs great breakout pass finds Makarov who scores against Pittsburgh at the 88/89 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqKE0XCxxQ8&t=67m3s

Makarov outskates Craig Hartsburg and scores against Canada at the 1982 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXeyMBBKiHc&t=48m0s

Krutovs great shorthanded goal against Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup. Abit different than the previous goals as they don't get a breakaway but still Makarov and Krutov breakout of their own zone quickly and scores before Canada have had time to really get organized. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeIsITzLz1s&t=64m11s

Makarov scores a shorthanded breakaway goal against New York Islanders at the 88/89 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLfHOlnzFq4&t=30m4s

As you can see Fetisov/Makarov/Krutov was a deadly combination when it comes to counterattacking. Fetisovs breakout passing was very impressive and Makarov and Krutov was very clinical finishers in breakaway situations.


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Makarovs shorthanded breakaway goal against Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FeJ3lCpU6U&t=40m30s
You gotta mention the ridiculous mid-air pass from Krutov.

Great job, Batis. I have not seen a lot of these plays.

On a lot of these videos I had to watch the replay, the passing was just so fast. These guys were a nightmare not only on their opposition but also on camera crews.

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You gotta mention the ridiculous mid-air pass from Krutov
For sure. And I would say that his hand-eye coordination was one of Krutovs strenghts. The goal from the 1987 WHC in the passing play post where Krutov takes down a pass mid-air and then scores also comes to mind.

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This is incredible. Thanks so much for doing all of this legwork.

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Its really a shame that Krutov ever played in the NHL. That one season seems to be his legacy, instead of what we see in these clips.

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Its really a shame that Krutov ever played in the NHL. That one season seems to be his legacy, instead of what we see in these clips.
Yes especially considering that Krutov told swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that he did not even want to play in the NHL and was forced to do so by the authorities for propaganda and economic reasons. http://www.dn.se/arkiv/sport/nu-ar-k...ch-om-det-nya/ (edit: fixed the link)

Both when watching them play and when looking at their SPOTY voting records and overall award recognition it is in my opinion so obvious that Krutov was the third best player on the Green Unit and that he probably was closer to Makarov/Fetisov in quality than Larionov/Kasatonov was to him.


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Yes especially considering that Krutov told swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that he did not even want to play in the NHL and was forced to do so by the authorities for propaganda and economic reasons. [url]http://www.dn.se/arkiv/sport/nu-ar-krutov-bara-en-i-mangden-forre-varldsstjarnan-talar-ut-om-misslyckandet-i-nhl-och-om-det-nya/[/url
Wow, that's news to me. Has this link been posted before?

EDIT: So I searched for it and the answer is yes, it has been posted as early as two years ago. Somehow I missed the part about the sports ministry.


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Here is a rough translation of the part of the article talking about his time in North America.

"When he after a long and loyal service for the big red machine turned pro in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks most things went wrong. Hamburgers and an abundance of vodka have been given as the reasons. Krutov himself has another explanation.

- I never got the chance to succeed. The Vancouver management and I got in a fight about in which bank my money should be placed.

But he does not deny that the transition to another country was difficult.

- I got a key, a plastic card for the bankaccount and an empty appartment. After that I was on my own.

Of course problems then appeared for someone who was used to living in barracks 10 months of the year with the club management telling him what do to every hour.

And he really rather wanted to play in Europe but for propaganda and economic reasons he was forced to the NHL.

- It was the ministry of sports that forced me to North America. They thought that I was to good to remain in Europe.

-They wanted us the leading players on the national team to show our class in the NHL. And they also got more money for us."


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It's probably the cultural shock/complete and sudden 180 degree change in his life that killed his career.

I mean, it's easy to say that his life should have gotten better, but not everyone handles change well.

Actually, the famous Morgan Freeman line in Shawshank Redemption:

"These walls are funny. First you hate them, then you get used to them, enough time passes, it gets so you rely on them."

Now I don't have first hand knowledge of the situation, but it sounds like its very applicable.

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If someone can't appreciate Krutov or acknowledge his obvious huge talent and great career because of that one NHL season, that's really his/her problem imo.

Already in 1980 at 19 they guy was so good that at the 1980 Olympics, the Americans feared him the most of all Soviet players. And that was a team that had forwards like Mikhailov, Petrov, Kharlamov (albeit a bit past their prime), and prime Makarov, Maltsev and Balderis.

Quote from Lawrence Martin's The Red Machine:
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Dave Silk remembers looking across the faceoff circle, hoping the face he saw would not be that of a Krutov, the player the Americans feared most, or Makarov,” writes Lawrence Martin in The Red Machine. “In the third period, his wish was continuously being granted. He would see the veteran Mikhailov, and Silk knew he could skate past him.
https://www.thoughtco.com/miracle-on...hockey-2778288

If we consider that already in 1980 Krutov was among the best Soviet players, his prime lasted about 8/9 years; that's really not much shorter than with many other Soviet greats. I think only Makarov had a clearly better career. Many probably would say Larionov too, but the thing with him is that he never reached those heights that Krutov reached internationally/domestically... except for one great season (1987-88).


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If we consider that already in 1980 Krutov was among the best Soviet players, his prime lasted about 8/9 years; that's really not much shorter than with many other Soviet greats.
This is a very important point. For what its worth Krutov is one of only 7 players who recieved votes in the Soviet player of the year voting in 10 different seasons. Maltsev 14, Tretiak 13*, Makarov 11*, Kharlamov 11, Krutov 10, Kasatonov 10, Mikhailov 10.

This does in my opinion show that Krutovs number of prime seasons measures up well to many other Soviet stars.

* If the poll would have been conducted during the 78/79 season Tretiak and Makarov who both were First team All-Stars would certainly have recieved votes then which would have given them votes in 14 and 12 seasons respectively. Since Mikhailov was named the winner that season I counted this season for him above.

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Something else that I have noticed is how often the Green Unit forced the opponents to make turnovers and most of the time they also made them pay for the mistakes. Here we have some goals that they scored in this way.

Makarov puts pressure on the swedish defencemen, steals the puck and finds Krutov who scores. Beautiful goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=37m27s

While shorthanded against USA at the 1987 Canada Cup Makarov steals the puck and Krutov and Kasatonov combines for a nice goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFsfKFGuHoE&t=99m25s

Krutov intercepts a pass and finds Makarov who scores a nice backhand goal against Montreal Canadiens at the 85/86 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1d3NWl1nN4&t=51m35s

Makarov forces a turnover against Sweden and Krutov scores with a nice move. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=5m25s

Great forechecking from Makarov who forces a turnover before Krutov scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=26m27s

Makarov and Krutov puts on some pressure against Sweden and forces a turnover before Krutov scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMg6fMSnXU&t=13m4s

Krutov-Tyumenev-Makarov puts on some pressure in the offensive zone and finally forces a turnover and scores against Edmonton Oilers at the 85/86 Super Series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xQAQyiLbyY&t=68m24s

After a nice rush up the ice which eventually is broken up Krutov and Makarov comes back and forces a turnover before Krutov scores against Canada at the 1983 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMl7mZT3I6g&t=48m4s

While shorthanded against Switzerland at the 1987 WHC Makarov forces a turnover and Krutov scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Ke8oGZ0gM&t=43m5s

We also have more examples of this in the already posted footage above. Here are some of the best examples.

Larionov forces a turnover and Makarov scores a very beautiful goal against West Germany at the 1987 WHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTDDs3ad69A&t=93m59s

Great shift from the KLM-line at the 1982 WHC where they don't let Canada get a moment of peace with both great plays from Krutov and by not giving the Canadians any chance to leave the zone even when they do have the puck. At the end of the shift Larionov scores assisted by Makarov who just stole the puck from Paul Reinhart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXeyMBBKiHc&t=73m46s

Makarov forces a turnover against Messier and Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup and scores a shorthanded goal after Krutovs beautiful pass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FeJ3lCpU6U&t=40m30s

Krutov scores a shorthanded breakaway goal against Sweden at the 1987 Canada Cup after intercepting a pass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u06yewzXc1I&t=49m25s


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