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Tretiak heats up Russia-Canada rivalry

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08:05 AM ET 12.17 | We're well more than a year away from the Winter Olympic Games, but a flame of sorts has been lit. The Russia team that won this weekend's Euro Hockey Tour stage is capable of beating the Canadians and triumphing at the Sochi Olympics, Russian Hockey Federation president and legendary Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak said Sunday. A team packed with NHL stars including Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin blazed through the Channel One Cup beating Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic with an aggregated scoreline of 14-2. "Beating the Canadians? Why not?" Tretiak said. "This team can win. With slick, clinical and stable play, of course it can." ... Russia is under immense pressure to deliver the gold medal at its home Games.

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December 17, 2012  08:57 AM ET

It's a shame Russia never let Tretiak play in the NHL. It would have been fun seeing what he could have done with an NHL team.

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December 17, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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He would've flopped and dove around as Russians were known to do in those days.

Whatever it takes to stop the puck!

December 17, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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It's a shame Russia never let Tretiak play in the NHL. It would have been fun seeing what he could have done with an NHL team.

Luckily for the USA Viktor Tikhonov pulled him in 1980 or there'd have been no "Miracle On Ice."

December 17, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Go Gino!

December 17, 2012  10:14 AM ET

We're well more than a year away from the Winter Olympic Games, but a flame of sorts has been lit


World championships this spring will be a nice precursor...

December 17, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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We're well more than a year away from the Winter Olympic Games, but a flame of sorts has been lit

World championships this spring will be a nice precursor...

There could be some potentially awesome teams this year.

December 17, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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It's a shame Russia never let Tretiak play in the NHL. It would have been fun seeing what he could have done with an NHL team.

Agreed, and watching him play elsewhere still isn't so bad.

December 17, 2012  10:48 AM ET

funny, was just thinknig yesterday of what a sick duo Crosby and Stamkos would make.

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December 17, 2012  01:21 PM ET
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Wonder who Team Canada will put in net ?? I dont want Luongo in there..Brodeur is too old...Price maybe ??

Price, Fleury, Ward...

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December 17, 2012  01:54 PM ET
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Wonder who Team Canada will put in net ?? I dont want Luongo in there..Brodeur is too old...Price maybe ??

As a habs fan, I'd really like to see Price, and at this point I think he's the most steady of the young guard. Other than that I,d say maybe ward. I find Fleury way too inconsitent for the job in a loser goes home format. Last year's playoffs are but an example of it, for year's he's been the type of goalie who either shows up or he doesn't...when he doesn't you can't recover from it.

Fleury in nets would give me nightmares of a reversal of the Canada-Russia Vancouver game.

December 17, 2012  01:56 PM ET
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Wonder who Team Canada will put in net ?? I dont want Luongo in there..Brodeur is too old...Price maybe ??

love the love shown to Price. Despite their horrid season, Price is an amazing goalie.

December 17, 2012  01:58 PM ET
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SICK indeed...only Malkin and Ovechkin could rival that duo.Hopefully my boy Seguin could crack that team too..he should be in his prime by then.

A Canada-Russia final with a Crosby-Stamkos vs Malkin-Ovie storyline would be special indeed.

I think that Seguin could definitely make the squad, but at this point we need some nhl hockey so he can showcase his skills. We all know that team canada tend to get really conservative come selection time.

December 17, 2012  01:58 PM ET

and Seguin showing that he can dominate on big ice will certainly not hurt in the selection process.

 
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