That’s Alexander Maltsev on the left and Valeri Kharlamov on the right. They played a beautiful game, made the most sublime passes and frustrated Ken Dryden because he always thought they should shoot sooner. Freaking intellectuals.
There’s a value to being unpredictable.
I don’t know what will happen tonight. The Russians have a history of coming out flat in games like this one, and Canada did the right thing in replacing Brodeur.
It doesn’t feel special. Yet.