Philadelphia Flyers vs. Soviet Union in 1983 - watch the whole game!

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  1. Peter25

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    very cool! thanks

    video screams the 80's!
     
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    Awesome. I'm definitely going to watch this.



    Edit: I mistook this for the game in the 70's. :(
     
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    Cooperalls :facepalm:
     
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    The cooperalls worn by the Flyers defy belief if you haven't seen them.
     
  6. John Flyers Fan

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    I loved wearing cooperalls as a kid. Looked alot better on 6-12 year olds than it did on grown men.
     
  7. John Flyers Fan

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    Also, if people want a clue as to why I still rank Fetisov above Lidstrom this game is a good example. There is a point in this game where he is skating backwards with the puck and he's moving faster than any Flyer could skate forwards.
     
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    I noticed that moment (Fetisov skating backwards) as well. Just incredible display of skating ability. I have never seen anyone skate backwards like that.
     
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    Also notice the play of young Sergei Svetlov (wearing number 15). A tall rangy player with great hands and dekes.
     
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    I would like to see this again:)
    What time in which part is it again?
     
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    Not sure, I didn't watch it online. I attended that game as an 8 year old, and its something I've never forgotten.
     
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    what´s up with the flyers playing in those pants? :amazed:
     
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    Reijo Ruotsalainen. When he played with the Rangers in beginning of his NHL career, Rangers coach/GM said "Rexi can skate backwards faster than most our forwards can skate forward." Or something like that.

    Edit: now having seen it, I'm actually disappointed, it was a very short piece.
     
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    The 1983 game was better :handclap:
     
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    I have rarely seen Ruotsalainen play so I cannot really compare his skating to Fetisov's. From those players that I have seen play a lot Fetisov's backwards skating is the best. And he could handle the puck and make hard accurate passes at top speed while skating backwards.
     
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    No, it wasn't. Result wise for you gloryhunters, maybe.
     
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    Well I'm old to enough to have seen him play (on tv) and his skating was truly exceptional.
     
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    The level of play was higher in the 1983 game, at least from the Soviet's side. The 1976 game was played with a much slower tempo. And of course the 1983 game was not as dirty.
     
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    I've said it before; the 'classic' 1976 game between CSKA and the Flyers is one of the most undeservedly famous games in history. If you're a Flyers fan and/or commie hater, it's probably great, but for a CCCP hockey fan, it is pure torture. In order to be a great match, both sides should be at least near the top of their game... the 1975-76 Super series was undoubtedly a more classic series but the quality of play was hardly better.

    One of the differences here (1982-83), of course, is that this was the full Soviet national team - though without its best forward, Sergei Makarov, who was injured.
     
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    Also missing were Viktor Shalimov and Sergei Kapustin, two veteran forwards from Spartak Moscow, who were great in previous games in this tourney but who were rested by Tikhonov in this game.

    Another veteran Alexander Maltsev was injured in earlier games of the tourney and did not play against the Flyers.

    Two CSKA forwards Andrei Khomutov and Nikolai Drozdetsky were also missing. They did not participate to the tourney at all. Both Khomutov and Drozdetsky were key players for the national team.

    Another good player missing was Irek Gimayev, a utility player who could play both defense and forward. Gimayev was a gritty player and usually played well against North Americans.
     
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    In 1978-84 or so, they had great depth alright.
     
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    Another true gem available on YouTube:

    1984 Canada Cup semi-final, USSR vs. CAN (part 1/6)



    Soviet hockey had started to go downhill a bit (Tretiak retired etc.) and this team was missing Vyacheslav Fetisov dearly, but aren't they ever-so-dangerous here also!
     
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    As kids, we always wore light sweatshirts and dark, long pants when we played hockey. I thought this particular uniform made the Flyers look like a bunch of high school kids out on a pond.
     
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    It's funny how quickly Flyers fans forget this game because all they can think about is the 1976 game.

    IIRC, the Russians have a winning record all time vs the Flyers in all the times the Russians have come across to play those types of games.
     

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