Just watching CBC's replay of the new year's eve 1975 game between Red Army and the Habs. Habs severely outshot the Russkies but the Russkies played smart, Tretiak outplayed Ken Dryden and the thing ended in a 3-3 draw. Couple things I noted that the Russian coaches must have pre-determined. Habs had some great defensmen but Don Awrey, Pierre Bouchard and the like wren't two of them. Awrey was ravaged for the tying russian goal in the third. Russians also knew that guys like Gainey didn't represent a threat in open ice - Gainey was a great checker but really didn't have much of a shot, he was a short ice jam in the puck artist. Impressed by Russian basic skills. So different than some of the regular slobs and slugs we see in the regular NHL. Russians were really strong on their skates when driving to the net, not so much in open ice or in the corners. Initially, the russians started taking over the canadian game in the early 1950s, by around 1959 or 60 they were totally over-powering our hapless (but game) amateurs with their tic tac toe passing game and precision shooting. Tonite, Val Kharlamov ravaged Dryden with a sweep-in shot that only Sid Crosby could have pulled off in today's modern NHL. A healthy Kharlamov would have been a consistent NHL all-star and a 50 to 62 goal scorer in the NHL. Mihihlov was the russian version of Jean Beliveau (who sadly retired before this 1975 classic game) In the end I was most impressed by who even-tempered Dryden remained after the russians had poked 3 goals by him. Also liked Savard and Lemaire but who wouldn't... Kharlamov, Gusev, Michalov, Tretiak all were amazing for the red boys. Today's hackey doesn't even come close! Maybe Olympics, the odd NHL playoff game. Too many butchers & wackers in the NHL. NHL should be a world league. 12 to 16 teams from North America. 4 to 6 teams from Western Europe (Germany, Sweden, Norway, England) and 4 teams from Russia Now that would be somethin''''