IMO, Clarke's actions devalue him as a human being, and his coach too. Also, that slash knocked out the best Soviet player (Kharlamov) effectively for the rest of the series. Who knows what might have been?
It tarnished the series, but Canada's win was legitimate and an impressive comeback. Seems like the Russians relaxed after being up 3-1-1 in the series.
Funny thing is, in Russia, they never think of this series as a loss. They look at it more as them proving to the world that they're just as good at hockey as the Canadians. No one thought so before the series. At the end of the day, the series did more for Russian hockey than it did for Canadian hockey.
Edited by GMRwings1983, 03 September 2012 - 08:09 PM.