Lehtinen - Koivu - Selanne line

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  1. shawn_kemp*

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    Where do you rank this line in international ice hockey history?

    They're the best I've seen in my life time. Best line in 1998, then Koivu didn't play in 2002 and it really hurt Finland. Now they're back. All 3 are in the top 4 in scoring.

    :bow: :bow: :bow:
     
  2. Epsilon

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    Best international line of the post-Soviet era.
     
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    Agreed.
     
  4. shawn_kemp*

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    Definetly. :clap:
     
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    Yeah that is pretty accurate. Agreed.
     
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    VanIslander Don't waste my time

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    They DO play well together... consistently the best line I've seen internationally (though others have been hotter for much shorter periods of time)

    now if only an NHL g.m. figured it out and made some moves...
     
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    And as a Finn that is really annoiyng...
     
  8. this Olympics that Slovak line is right up there with them, but not only is this line great offensively it has won the battles and played responsible defensively.
     
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    any scorings stats overview available?
     
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    1998

    Rank Athlete Games Played Points Goals Scored Assists +/- Penalty Minutes Total Shots Shooting %

    1 Teemu Selanne (Finland) 5 10 4 6 0 8 34 11
    2 Saku Koivu (Finland) 6 10 2 8 +1 4 20 10
    3 Pavel Bure (Russia) 6 9 9 0 +6 2 38 23
    4 Alexandr Koreshkov (Kazakhstan) 7 9 3 6 -1 2 24 12
    5 Philippe Bozon (France) 4 7 5 2 +2 4 32 15
    6 Konstantin Shafranov (Kazakhstan) 7 7 4 3 -2 6 15 26
    7 Dominik Lavoie (Austria) 4 6 5 1 -2 8 29 17
    8 Jere Lehtinen (Finland) 6 6 4 2 +1 2 19 21

    2006

    http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/PDF/C85B_IHM400000.pdf
     
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    Easier said than done...

    Selanne loves the left coast, and it's very unlikely he'd move again.

    Koivu was never available, Gainey made that clear with his recent contract. I suppose everybody has their price, but somebody would seriously have to overpay for Koivu to get him out of Montreal.

    And Lehtinen is consistently among Dallas' best players year-in year-out, so again, there'd have to be a significant overpayment on a GM's part to get him.
     
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    Selanne always delivers in the Olympics, always.
     
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    And here in Finland Teemu is man that have "never won anything" so i it would be very nice if Teemu finally would won something big!
     
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    I hope the question of whether Teemu deserves the HHOF has finally been put to rest.
     
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    VanIslander Don't waste my time

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    no
     
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    1998 NHL All Star Game: 3 goals, 9 points

    Nagano 1998: 4 games, 9 goals, 23 points

    World Cup 2004: 6 games, 11 points (the entire line played injured)

    Turin 2006: 4 games, 10 goals, 22 points

    Overall: 15 games, 65 points
     
  17. shawn_kemp*

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    4 games?

    how about the semifinal and bronze medal games? :dunno:
     
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    In the first game where Hasek shut out Finland, the 1st line was Peltonen-Koivu-Selänne because the coaches didn't think Lehtinen could play LW IIRC. Didn't take Jere long to prove them wrong.

    In the bronze game, Selänne couldn't play so the line was Peltonen-Koivu-Lehtinen (another legendary Finnish line).
     
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    Bure-Fedorov-Mogilny (juniors) :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: or I guess it's the Soviet Era?
     
  20. shawn_kemp*

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    oh. okay ;)
     
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    Kovalchuk - Datsyunk and Kovalev isn't that bad tho ;)
     
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    Agree. Gaborik/Demitra/Hossa are just as white hot as Koivu/Selanne/Lehtinen. I hope that the two teams meet up. It would be a great game!
     
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    You got my vote there
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Selanne (6G,1A), Koivu (1,6), Lehtinen (3,4) = 22 Points

    Gaborik (2,3), Demitra (2,3), Hossa (4,3) = 17 Points

    Kovalchuk (4,1), Datsyuk (1,5), Kovalev (2,2) = 15 Points

    these are easily the 3 top lines in the first 4 games, i would look for Kovalchuk to have 1-2 in a couple days against the US but i dont see the Finns slowing down anytime soon as they are on fire right now. The Slovaks are also a tough group to stop but i think they are easier to contain than the other two groups just from watching their game today against the US
     
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