As a Canadian who loves Canada-Russia classis games more than anyhting I can't help but notice a big difference in the way the Russians play as opposed to back in the 70s and 80s. First off througout the 80s the Russians were Canada's biggest nemesis. In the '84 and '87 Canada Cup they were an OT goal away form winning it while they stomped us in '81. But take even the '06 WJC Gold Medal game, I felt that in recent years the Russians have been guilty of being too individualistic on the ice. Look at the tapes from the '87 Canada Cup, you've got the KLM line and Fetisov and Kasatonov on defence. Supremely skilled. But look at how they use each other so well. They were all skilled but the way they would pass to each other its as though they all made each other better all the time. Now Ovechkin, Kovalchuk and Malkin are great players but especially Ovechkin seems to not make the players around him better. The Russians would have beaten Canada in the WJC if they had play more as a team. As Phil Esposito once said "If you play as team, it beats all the talent in the world!" Which also brings me to 1972. There were times in the Summit series where the Russians made Canada look foolish. Their puck possession and the way they used everyone one the ice. That's something that the Russians need to get back to if they want to be succesful again. I know it was easier too play as a team when you're playing together all year round, but other countries have adopted that team concept where as the Russians have gotten away from it.