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Leading into the Toronto versus Philadelphia matchup, Flyers legend Bobby Clarke opens the show with a reflection on former Flyers Coach Fred Shero and his Shero-isms as well as his thoughts on the significance of playing on Hockey Night in Canada.
from Sport Express (rough, Google translation),
Clark remembered by our fans during the Super Series 1972 Canada - USSR, when in the sixth game, held in Moscow, Valery Kharlamov inflicted injury and was branded "murderers". After the match Super Series-1976, when CSKA lost only one match for the ocean - "Philadelphia", the Soviet press and pinned him another nickname "Captain bandits with Broad Street."...
For our fans the most memorable was the sixth episode of the 1972 Super Series match between the national teams of the USSR and Canada, which took place in Moscow. Clark, wielding a stick, like a sword, slashed on the ankle of Valery Kharlamov, moving out of the building. "If I did not put opponents sometimes with both hands, I'd still cuckoo in the village of Flin Flon" - a quotation Clark of the moment.
The NHL’s arrival in Europe last week coincided with two exhibition games between the leagues teams and their Russian rivals; the KHL. First up was an aggressive affair between the Carolina Hurricanes and SKA St. Petersburg. In a role reversal between leagues, SKA came out playing aggressively, so much so, in fact, that Hurricanes coach, Paul Maurice pulled his star players; Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward from the game as it deteriorated into a slugfest which resulted in a 5-3 victory for SKA. The other interleague game featured the Phoenix Coyotes gaining a measure of revenge for the NHL, by defeating Dynamo Riga 3-1. The interleague games were part of a longstanding tradition of play between the NHL and Russia. With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the most famous and infamous matchups between the two rivals.
1. The Montreal Canadiens versus Central Red Army
December 31st, 1975
This matchup featured the most successful franchises from the NHL and the former Soviet league as the Canadiens played host to the Red Army team. Montreal featured Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey among others against Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov. The level of play was as high as the 72’ Summit Series as the star players from each team were entering their prime. Despite outshooting Red Army 38-13, the Canadiens were forced to settle with a 3-3 tie, due to the outstanding play of Tretiak. This game would cement Tretiak’s longstanding relationship withe the city of Montreal, as the team would go on to draft the goaltender 138th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, despite Soviet players not being allowed to compete in the NHL.
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“I think we’re way better than we were last year. I believe our defense is eight deep and probably the best defense in the league this year. And if your defense is really good, it instantly makes your goaltending really good.
“And we’ve got lots of scoring up front. Our young players are now 24 or 25, but they still have four or five years of experience and they should, for the next five or six years, be in their primes.”
Bobby Clarke, Senior VP of the Philadelphia Flyers. More from Clark by Edward Fraser of The Hockey News.
from the Edmonton Journal,
This is the longest Clarke has been out of real work. He’s a sounding board for current Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. He’s still around, if needed, but it’s not like Holmgren has Clarke’s number on speed dial. This is Holmgren’s club now and Clarke doesn’t want to intrude.
But he’s still got some fire in his gut. You know he’d like to be on the inside.
“I’m not campaigning for a job ... somebody has to call me first,” shrugged Clarke, who isn’t going to go banging on the door of someone like Richard Peddie, who runs the Toronto Maple Leafs, to get on their list for GM to replace the caretaker Cliff Fletcher.
“I think I’ve been around long enough and if I fit what a team is looking for ... .”
from the CP via TSN,
While the Detroit Red Wings are runaway leaders in the overall standings, they won’t necessarily represent the West in the championship series, says Clarke.
“Obviously, (GM Ken) Holland has the right people to get players for them, and (Mike) Babcock does a great job coaching,” says Clarke. “They’ve got a highly-skilled team and they have some physical players.
“They’re a tough team, Detroit, but a lot of the games they’re winning are by one goal. They’re good, but it doesn’t mean they’re like the old Oilers used to be. They could beat you by six or seven. Detroit’s really good but I don’t think anybody would concede they’re going to win the Cup.”
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