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Switzerland : Hiller Always Had Big Shoes

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One thing was always certain for Switzerland goaltender JONAS HILLER at this year’s Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

The Anaheim Ducks backstop had big shoes to fill considering the quality goaltending the Swiss, for the most part, received at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

DAVID AEBISCHER had a strong game as Switzerland were able to upset the Czech Republic 3-2 in the Italian Alps.

MARTIN GERBER, who was injured this winter for Moscow-based  HK Atlant Mytsichy and a late scratch for coach RALPH KRUEGER, turned in a phenomenal pereformance against Canada in Turin.

Gerber stopped all 49 shots fired his direction as Switzerland absolutely stunned the high-octane offense of Canada. Included in the barrage was the 24-1 shot disparity suffered by the Swiss in the third period. Nevertheless, the former National Hockey Leaguer stood tall between the pipes for Switzerland.  

Here, RICK NASH of Canada is absolutely robbed by the genuine thievery of Gerber :

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The puck was ruled to have never completely crossed the goalline and, thus, the-then Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Gerber was able to go on to garner the gigantic shutout for Switzerland in the 2-0 defeat of Canada.

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Lillehammer ’94 : Penalty-Shot Finale In Photos / On Film (Complete Shootout Clip)

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  • IMAGE # 1 : Sweden’s PETER FORSBERG (21) scores his first goal of the shootout against Canada’s COREY HIRSCH (1)
  • IMAGE # 2 : Forsberg’s spectacular one-handed second goal
  • IMAGE # 3 : The Swedish postage stamp commemorating Forsberg’s gold medal-winner at the Lillehammer Games
  • IMAGE # 4 : Sweden goaltender TOMMY SALO (35) saves from Canada’s PAUL KARIYA (9) on the last shot in sudden-death

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WH presents the dramatic penalty-shot shootout (in two parts) between CANADA and SWEDEN to settle the Gold Medal Match at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway :

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The shooters for SWEDEN :

  • # 12 — Hakan LOOB ————- (33) – BK Farjestad Karlstad
  • #   8 — Magnus SVENSSON — (30) – IF Leksands
  • # 26 — Mats NASLUND ———- (34) – IF Malmo 
  • # 21 — Peter FORSBERG —— (20) – Mo Do Ornskoldsvik
  • # 11 — Roger HANSSON ——– (26) – IF Malmo

In order, Svensson and Forsberg handled the Swedish attempts in the sudden-death phase of the shootout.

The shooters for CANADA :

  • # 93 — Petr NEDVED — (38 goals for Vancouver Canucks in 92-93)
  • #   9 — Paul KARIYA — (college player of the year at Univ. of Maine)
  • # 10 — Dwayne NORRIS — (25 goals in 50 AHL games in 92-93)
  • # 22 — Greg PARKS — (IF Leksands of Sweden’s Elitserien)
  • # 12 — Greg JOHNSON — (three-time All-American at North Dakota Univ)

Nedved, and then Kariya, took Canada’s chances in sudden-death.

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Nilsson Netted Forsberg’s Inspiration

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KENT NILSSON would become the first Swedish player in the history of the National Hockey League to surpass one hundred points for a season with his 49-goal, 82-assist (131 pts) campaign for the 1980-81 Calgary Flames.

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At the spectacular sudden-death penalty-shot shootout which saw SWEDEN top CANADA in the Gold Medal Match at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, the shootout’s decisive goal-scorer, PETER FORSBERG, made a confession to the reporters in Lillehammer, Norway.

The 20-year-old former Philadelphia Flyers first round NHL draft pick revealed the source of inspiration for his one-handed goal which carried the Swedes to their first Olympic ice hockey championship :

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Collecting the puck onsides at center ice, former NHL scoring star KENT NILSSON (10) is off to the races for host nation SWEDEN against the UNITED STATES at the 1989 IIHF World Championships. 

Bearing in on goal, the former Stanley Cup winner for the Edmonton Oilers gets U.S. goalie JOHN VANBIESBROUCK to bit on the fake to the forehand.

With the New York Rangers netminder already committed to stacking the pads, Nilsson pulls the puck back and, with one hand, gently deposits the disc behind Vanbiesbrouck into the American goal.

Sweden, all their goals having come in the final period of play, downed the United States 4-2 at the 1989 World Championships match in Stockholm.

Nilsson, who returned to the Swedish Elitserien in the fall of 1988 to join IF Djurgarden Stockholm following a season in Italy for HC Bolzano, finished with three goals and 11 assists at the ’89 WC and tied for tops in scoring with three other players on 14 points.

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Innsbruck ’76 : Epic Finale / USSR vs CSSR

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Two goals inside of 24 seconds from VALERY KHARLAMOV (left) and ALEXANDER YAKUSHEV (right) with under five minutes remaining lifted the USSR to a dramatic 4-3 decision over Czechoslovakia on the final day at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

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As classic a de facto Gold Medal Match as Olympic history has to offer…

Ever since half a million soldiers from the armies of the SOVIET UNION and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded CZECHOSLOVAKIA back in 1968, international sporting events between the two nations had soared to new heights for intensity as well as competitiveness — especially in ice hockey. 

Even before the decisive final twenty minutes at the finale of the 1976 Winter Olympic tournament, one cannot say that Czechoslovakia did not have ample opportunity to defeat the Soviet Union and deliver a powerful message of symbolic revenge in the final game at Innsbruck.

At the clash of Eastern-bloc arch-rivals and contemporary international ice hockey powerhouses in the Austrian Alps, the USSR were shooting for a fourth consecutive set of gold medals at the Winter Games; Czechoslovakia were coveting the first Olympic title in their nation’s history.

The Czechoslovaks, in fact, were already leading 2-0 thru centers MILAN NOVY (6) and IVAN HLINKA (10) midway through the second period when a glorious chance arrived. A pair of Soviets in the box gave Czechoslovakia a 5-on-3 power play which, however, went by the boards thanks to the noteable efforts of USSR center VLADIMIR SHADRIN (19) as well as defensemen YURI LIAPKIN (5) and GENNADY TSYGANKOV (7) on the penalty-kill.

Having earned the reprieve, the Soviets thereafter responded with goals from Shadrin and fellow centerman VLADIMIR PETROV (16) to knot the match and leave all to play for in the third period.

Czechoslovakia’s JIRI HOLOCEK (2) and the USSR’s VLADISLAV TRETIAK (20) each managed to keep all pucks out over the first half of the last period.

It is at this point that the uninterupted footage presented by WORLD HOCKEY begins, with roughly ten minutes left in the third at the OLYMPIA EISHALLE in Innsbruck and the score level at USSR 2 – CSSR 2 :

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Roughly a 1:20 into the clip, the Czechoslovak captain and center of a doping scandal at Innsbruck, FRANTISEK POSPISIL (7), collects a Soviet clearance in his own end and skates the puck well behind his own net before embarking on a mid-ice rush. At the red line, the defenseman squares the puck for his streaking SONP Kladno teammate EDUARD NOVAK (22).

Once inside the Soviet zone and seemingly surrounded, the 29-year-old right wing quickly fires a wrist-shot that appears to take a deflection off of defenseman ALEANDER GUSEV (2) and fool Tretiak in the USSR goal. An indelible, if premature, celebration from Novak ensues. The Czechoslovaks are now nine minutes less two seconds from the Olympic gold medal.

A few minutes later, Czechoslovak will critically fail to widen their lead, however. At the 4:35 mark of the clip, the veteran Olympian JIRI HOLIK (20) circles his own cage and heads down the right on a rink-length rush before deftly dishing the disc to BOHUSLAV STASTNY (12). Although at first apparently beaten, the catllike Tretiak is able to thwart the Tesla Pardubice wing with a last-ditch dive and literally save the game for the USSR.

This stop proves to be absolutely critical for, soon, the Soviet Union will immediately strike back after the go-ahead goal-scorer Novak is sent to the penalty box with less than six minutes to play for a foul on BORIS MIKHAILOV (13) along the left wing boards.

The Czechoslovaks do not appear to be in such bad shape on the penalty-kill until Tysgankov pulls a smart move in front of his pursuer Novy’s bench and sends the speeding VIKTOR SHALIMOV (9) the puck. A procession of drop passes among Spartak players produces a goal-mouth scramble. Finally, Shalimov is able to poke the puck across to ALEXANDER YAKUSHEV (15) on the right and, in an instant, the game is tied.

Considering the earlier victory at Innsbruck Czechoslovakia were made to forfeit on account of Pospisil’s failed drug test following the Poland match, a draw was enough to do the deal for the Soviets in their last match.

Within a scant 24 seconds, however, the result was rendered beyond doubt in the Gold Medal Match at Innsbruck.

Petrov controls an offensive zone face-off and immediately slips the puck past defenseman JIRI BUBLA (19) to a wide-open VALERY KHARLAMOV (17) in front of the Czechoslovak goal. With Holocek now caught out of position, the whole of the net is at the CSKA Moscow left wing’s mercy. Kharlamov makes no mistake as the USSR surge suddenly ahead.

Four minutes minus one second still remain to be contested but it is almost immediately evident that the Czechoslovaks’ spirit has been effectively eliminated by the Soviets’ lightning-quick, consecutive goals in the second half of the third period.

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The Soviets begin to practice some possession hockey in earnest and, thus, severely crimp Czechoslovakia’s chances for the two goals the blue helmets now require to take the gold medal.

In fact, it is the Soviets who have all the best opportunities the rest of the way; a single long wrist shot from Novak easily swept aside by Tretiak with under a minute to go summarized Czechoslovakia’s  most dangerous counterattack.

After the CSKA Moscow puck tamer turned away a desperation drive from outside the blueline by OLDRICH MACHAC (4) in the waning moments, the USSR’s run of Olympic supremacy since 1964 remained in tact.

For the fifth time in six appearances at the Winter Games, the Soviet Union are Olympic ice hockey champions.

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Additional highlight footage from the 1976 de facto Gold Medal Match at the Olympia Eishalle in Innsbruck.

The slow-motion shots of the third Soviet goal provides a different angle for the viewing connoisseur.

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The uninhibited frustration to be found on the faces of the Czechoslovaks at their bench following Yakushev’s tying goal is rather insightful, as well.

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Innsbruck First Time Indoors

The OLYMPIAHALLE in the Austrian city of Innsbruck is the only arena in the world to have ever hosted two ice hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympic Games. In the background of the photo would be the Tyrolean Alps.

The OLYMPIAHALLE in the Austrian city of Innsbruck is the only arena in the world to have ever hosted two ice hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympic Games. In the background of the photo would be the Tyrolean Alps.

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The IXth Winter Games held at Innsbruck, Austria, in 1964 marked the first time in history the ice hockey tournament at the Olympics was held in an indoor arena.

Located in the Pradl district of  the city of Innsbruck, a picturesque 7,800-seat arena, known officially as the OLYMPIHALLE, was purpose-built for and opened to commence the 1964 Winter Olympics.

For the sport of ice hockey, the Olympiahalle first hosted two qualification matches — Canada’s 14-1 trampling of Yugoslavia and Switzerland’s 5-1 defeat of Norway — two days before the official start of the Innsbruck Games on January 27, 1964.

The following clip contains color footage leaving a good feel for what it was like from what appears to be the second level inside the Eishalle on opening day as white-shirted CZECHOSLOVAKIA oppose dark-shirted WEST GERMANY on January 29 :  

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The eventual bronze medalist Czechoslovaks, in part behind a pair of goals from VLASTIMIL BUBNIK, handed their neighbors to the west a sound 11-1 thrashing at the Olympiahalle in Innsbruck on the opening day of  the final-round tournament at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

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Hlushko’s Huge Hit

Canada left wing TODD HLUSHKO (7) hits Sweden defenseman MAGNUS SVENSSON (8) head-on in the Gold Medal Match at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Canada left wing TODD HLUSHKO (7) hits Sweden defenseman MAGNUS SVENSSON (8) head-on in the Gold Medal Match at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Without question one of the hardest hits in the history of the Gold Medal Match occured at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Almost half way through the ten-minute overtime and shortly after the Canadians break out following a defensive zone faceoff, two-time Canadian Olympian FABIAN JOSEPH (8) steers a pass at center ice into the Swedish corner.

Sweden defenseman KENNY JONSSON (19), the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 1993 1st round draft pick (# 12 overall), retreats to retrive the puck. After having looked to his left and collecting the puck, the BK Rogle Angelholm rearguard starts to his right :

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Arriving at that moment to deliver a devastating hit is TODD HLUSHKO (7), the one-time Washington Capitals 12th round draft pick (1990, #240 overall) and for Baltimore Skipjacks winger in the American Hockey League.

The force of the blow left Jonsson temporarily unconscious and Sweden’s coach, CURT LUNDMARK, enraged.

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Todd Hlushko later skated 79 National Hockey League games (8 go 13 as, 21 pts, 84 pim) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penquins over the course of six seasons before finishing his career with five years in the German elite league competing for the Cologne Sharks, Mannheim Eagles and Hannover Scorpions.

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Canada’s Return No Dutch Treat

Forwards JOHN DEVANEY (15, left) and KEVIN PRIMEAU (21, right) park in front of Holland's goal during Canada's 10-1 romp of the Dutch on the opening day of Red Group play at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Both Devaney and Primeau registered a goal for Canada in the match.

Forwards JOHN DEVANEY (15, left) and KEVIN PRIMEAU (21, right) park in front of Holland's goal during Canada's 10-1 romp of the Dutch on the opening day of Red Group play at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Both Devaney and Primeau registered a goal for Canada in the match.

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Five days short of twelve full years, on February 12, 1980, the national ice hockey team of CANADA again stepped out onto Olympic ice at the Winter Games in Lake Placid.

Canada were drawn into the Red Group and scheduled to meet the Olympic new-boys from NETHERLANDS in their noteable return match.

Holland were actually enjoying their finest period of ice hockey in the history of their nation. The Dutch had triumphed at the C Pool of the 1978 IIHF World Championships and then promptly again won the B Pool of the 1979 IIHF event in Galati, Romania; no team in history had ever achieved this before.

The Netherlands were paced by Canadian-born JACK DE HEER, who had led the 1979 B Pool in scoring, as well as another native Canuck, one-time Boston University forward DICK DECLOE of EG Dusseldorf, who was a goal-scoring machine in the West German Bundesliga for years.

Despite the fact that, not including players under contract in the minors, 420 of Canada’s best players were busy skating for professional National Hockey League clubs, for the Dutch at Lake Placid it was still no treat to face the country that had invented the sport of ice hockey.

Holland did score a first period goal through CORKY DE GRAAW, a 28-year-old Dutch national who had skated 72 games (20 go 44 as, 64 pts) for the Long Island Ducks in the old Eastern Hockey League during the 1971-72 season eight years earlier.

Nonetheless, Canada had built a 4-1 advantage at the conclusion of the first two periods heading into the final twenty minutes of play : 

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After first dumping the puck into the Dutch defensive zone, Canada’s GLENN ANDERSON (9) moves into a dangerous position at the edge of the circle on the left to accept a centering pass from JIM NILL (12).

Although Anderson is at first denied by Holland’s 27-year-old Canadian-born goaltender TED LENSSEN, the Edmonton Oilers’ 1979 fourth round draft pick (# 69 overall) from Denver University is still able collect the rebound and execute the spin-o-rama-slapshot to perfection.

An excited Anderson’s goal announces the start of a six-goal onslaught for Canada on their way to a 10-1 defeat of the Netherlands at Lake Placid.

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Laine Lowers Boom On Canada

ERKKI LAINE, a member of both the 1984 and 1988 Finnish Olympic teams, was the top goal-scorer in Sweden's elite league for IF Leksands in 1980-81 and BK Farjestad Karlstad in 1984-85. Laine also led Finland's second division in goals for Reipas Lahti during the 1975-76 season.

ERKKI LAINE, a member of both the 1984 and 1988 Finnish Olympic teams, was the top goal-scorer in Sweden's elite league for IF Leksands in 1980-81 and BK Farjestad Karlstad in 1984-85. Laine also led Finland's second division in goals for Reipas Lahti during the 1975-76 season.

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A solitary goal versus Poland on in the opening match and struggles to score against Switzerland on their second outing should have served as some kind of warning CANADA were fit to be taken as the host nation faced-off with FINLAND on the third day of Group B round-robin play at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary.

The Finns, themselves, had actually stumbled against the Swiss in a 2-1 loss on opening day. This result left Finland feeling a bit behind the eight-ball, perhaps, in a B pool which also included the medal contenders from Sweden.

And so, it was a Swedish elite league player, ERKKI LAINE (17) of BK Farjestad Karlstad, who came out firing with a pair of goals in the first period of Finland’s match with Canada :

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Ex-New York Ranger RAIMO HELMINEN (14) of Ilves Tampere, one of six former NHL players in Finland’s line-up, was the architect of both of Laine’s goals.

Leading the Finnish charge down the right wing on a two-on-one opposed by Canada’s NHL defenseman TIM WATTERS (2) of the Winnipeg Jets, Helminen hands Laine a perfect saucer pass for the right-handed shooting left wing to one-time past SEAN BURKE in the Canadian goal roughly thirteen minutes into the contest.

Less than two minutes later, Helminen again heads a rush, this time on the left, into the Canadian zone and drops the puck to the trailing Laine. The 31-year-old two-time Swedish Elitserien goal-scoring champion, hooked from behind, cuts back into the slot and releases a wrist shot that somehow works its way through the legs of Burke.

Finland added a third goal in the final minute of the first period and never looked back on the road to a critical 3-1 round-robin victory over Canada.

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Cortina ’56 : USSR – YouTube Footage

The very first Olympic champion ice hockey squad from the USSR

The very first Olympic champion ice hockey squad from the USSR

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The Soviet Union sent its first ever Olympic team to the Winter Games at Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Alps in 1956.

The New York Times would write at the conclusion of the games, “There is one area where the Russians have shown results bordering on the impossible and that area is ice hockey.”

The USSR won all seven of their games and outscored their opposition 40 goals to nine on the way to their historic first set of Olympic gold medals.

WORLD HOCKEY presents a 2:31 clip featuring the Soviets in action against both the United States and Canada in their final two games :

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In the first minute of the clip, the Soviets skate against white-shirted Canada on the final day. The USSR prevailed 2-0, largely on the strength of the stocking-capped NIKOLAI PUCHKOV in goal.

Following, in color, are highlights from the Soviet Union’s 4-0 win over the United States. The big hit on Soviet star VSEVOLOD BOBROV (9) at the 1:08 mark is worth the look.

The last minute or so, again in color, returns to the USSR – Canada match.

At the 1:57 mark, Dynamo Moscow’s VALENTIN KUZIN (12) seals Canada’s fate with the second Soviet goal, which comes just 37 seconds into the third period of play.

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Sarajevo ’84: Kozhevnikov Recaptures Gold

ALEXANDER KOZHEVNIKOV (29) scored the goal that gave the Soviet Union their sixth set of Olympic gold medals for ice hockey. Kozhevnikov, who collected another gold medal at the Calgary Games in 1988, played briefly in the West for the Durham Wasps in Great Britain as well as AIK Stockholm in Sweden.

ALEXANDER KOZHEVNIKOV (29) scored the goal that gave the Soviet Union their sixth set of Olympic gold medals for ice hockey. Kozhevnikov, who collected another gold medal at the Calgary Games in 1988, played briefly in the West for the Durham Wasps in Great Britain as well as AIK Stockholm in Sweden.

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Sarajevo, 1984. The final day of the medal round at the ice hockey competition. For the third time in four tournaments at the Winter Games, the winner-take-all clash between Eastern bloc arch-rivals CZECHOSLOVAKIA and the SOVIET UNION will determine the Olympic champion.

Both the white-shirted Czechoslovaks and the traditionally red-shirted Soviets enter the match unbeaten and untied seeking to erase disappointing memories from the Lake Placid Games four years prior. Each side boast a balanced squad featuring explosive offense and stingy defense; the Czechoslovaks benefited from the switch to Sparta Prague’s JAROMIR SINDEL in goal following their Olympic opener versus Norway. The USSR, meanwhile, has enjoyed the burst of form from CSKA Moscow right wing NIKOLAI DROZDETSKY (13), who has tallied 10 goals from six games at Sarajevo thus far.

Six and a half minutes in, the Soviets stamp their authority on the game.

Shortly after Drozdetsky misses a wide-open net, the Soviet regroup in center ice as ALEXANDER KOZHEVNIKOV (29) gathers a pass from VIKTOR TUMENEV (28) at the red line and charges the Czechoslovak blue line. Confronted by a pair of defensemen, the 25-year-old Spartak Moscow wing winds up and deploys an always un-Soviet-like slapshot. The puck catches the crossbar and ricochets off Sindel’s shoulder into the Czechoslovak net for a 1-0 Soviet lead :

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A little over a minute into the second period, VLADIMIR KRUTOV added a second Soviet goal which proved to be surplus to requirements with USSR goaltender VLADISLAV TRETIAK absorbing 21 Czechoslovak shots for the game.

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Although a regular top goal-scorer in the Soviet elite league, Kozhevnikov never did command a regular place with the USSR national team. Despite six goals at the 1982 IIHF World Championships in Finland, the would-be Calgary Flames’ NHL draft pick (1985, 11th round, # 227 overall) did not make the Soviet team for the 1983 IIHF event in West Germany. For his career, the native of Penza appeared at four major international tournaments (24 ga, 10 go 9 as, 19 pts) for the Soviet Union.

Kozhevnikov finished among the top scorers at Sarajevo with three goals and nine points in seven games.

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