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#2565637 Slava Fetisov blames KGB for Soviet loss in 1980

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 22 January 2015 - 11:40 PM




                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Finally, the mystery is solved. How could the Soviet Union lose to the overmatched USA team in the Miracle on Ice? And why did Viktor Tikhonov pull the great Vladislav Tretiak?


Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Slava Fetisov blames the KGB.


But it wasn't a spy thriller that played out at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. It was politics.


Fetisov — in the new documentary "Red Army," which is the subject of a feature in this week's Sports Illustrated — says then-CCCP coach Tikhonov was beholden to the KGB and favored Moscow Dynamo players such as goalie Vladimir Myshkin over Red Army players.


Dynamo represented the KGB. Fetisov and Tretiak played for CSKA Moscow, which represented the Red Army.


Of course, Tikhonov famously and inexplicably — until now — pulled Tretiak in favor of Myshkin after one period of the 4-3 loss.


"Three out of four goals was scored on a Dynamo player defensively," Fetisov says. "It's a KGB organization. Three goals out of four. I didn't allow one goal in this game."


If true, the move backfired on Tikhonov.


"Tikhonov tried to kill Red Army," Fetisov says. "If Tikhonov would have won Olympic gold in Lake Placid, I guarantee, no (bleeping) Russian Five would exist. Dynamo would have dominated from then on. The loss of the Olympics in '80 helped me to become who I am."


So Hockeytown thanks Tikhonov, too.


As far the loss, Fetisov says it was just one game in Russia's long and glorious dominance of the sport.


"For American people, selective memory, it's a national thing," he says. "I admit, I own one of the most famous
silver medals in sports history. Correct? Done?"


The film is currently scheduled to open in metro Detroit on Feb. 27 at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak.

#2562804 1/13 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Sabres 1

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 13 January 2015 - 04:00 AM

When he was with buffalo, that gum by save where he was sprawling around, and he rolled his upper body over with his pads still down.

But with the wings....
The smile on his face when he lifted the cup

#2562181 1/10 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Capitals 3

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 10 January 2015 - 12:29 AM


#2562048 McGratton on waivers

Posted by number9 on 09 January 2015 - 02:55 PM

If this was my first day ever on LGW and saw that THIS was big news, I'd probably never come back.

Love you all

#2562040 McGratton on waivers

Posted by kipwinger on 09 January 2015 - 02:45 PM

I hope not one team claims him


If I were Buffalo I'd claim him, and the next time I played Boston I'd finally pay Lucic back for running over Ryan Miller. 


Then I'd waive him again. 

#2562029 McGratton on waivers

Posted by number9 on 09 January 2015 - 02:24 PM

Waived by the Flames??? He must be good!

#2561453 Visiting Fan

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 07 January 2015 - 08:51 PM

Maybe it was cause you looked homeless and she felt bad? :lol:

I had been drinking for hours before I even got to the game, so I most likely looked homeless.

But a sexy homeless.

#2561359 Visiting Fan

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 07 January 2015 - 04:46 PM

By "shared with" she meant "stole from."
There really are no issues between fanbases at the Joe.  Not even with Toronto fans, who have become increasingly annoying lately for some reason.  Flyers fans are, by and large, assholes when they come to the Joe for some reason.  I love talking to other teams fans and have had overall great experiences with them.  I've only ever seen 1 Wings fan be an ass without provocation, and once I said something to him, him stopped.
The best advice for anyone going anywhere is to just be respectful.  Cheer on your team, but don't be a troll.

Toronto fans are the most annoying just because the sheer volume of them that show up to the Joe.
But in all honesty, they're still some of the nicest people, I was sitting in front of a few Toronto fans a few seasons ago and a guy accidentally spilled a small bit of beer on my girlfriend so he got up, got napkins and brought us two rounds each.
He apologized like nine times and it really was an accident.
And his wife was one of the sweetest women.
She gave me some tums, And an aspirin, she was only in her early thirties but acted like a mother.
Its probably just because I'm so devastatingly handsome, ha.

Honestly aside from a few drunken idiots, I've never seen any wings fan give another fan reason to worry.
And even the drunk guys were put in check by other wings fans...
It may be Detroit, but wings fans tend to be pretty classy people.

#2561325 Visiting Fan

Posted by F.Michael on 07 January 2015 - 01:24 PM

I am a long-time Wings fan from St. Louis.

I will be visiting Detroit to attend the March 22nd game.

I will most definitely be in Wings gear, but a friend who is attending wants to wear her St. Louis Blues jersey.

I have never been to The Joe before and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what the atmosphere will be like for her.

Honestly, she asked if she shouldn't wear it for fear of aggressive fans.


Any warnings?

In my travels - 95% plus Red Wing fans at the Joe are very friendly, and reasonable (unless trash talking, or stupidity takes place).


I've pretty much felt the same in St.Louis when I wore my Wings jersey there; the vast majority were very nice, and I had no issues.


I honestly think your gf will be fine with her Blues jersey...Have fun!

#2561134 Visiting Fan

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 06 January 2015 - 10:53 PM

I got into a full on fist fight with a Toronto fan because I didn't like the look of the baby in her arms.
And were all this crazy.

Just kidding.

#2561049 Visiting Fan

Posted by 55fan on 06 January 2015 - 09:26 PM

If anyone asks why you're with a Blues fan, tell them you just claimed her off of waivers and her new uniform isn't ready yet.


They'll have a laugh, you'll have a laugh, and then you can all enjoy the game.

#2561028 Visiting Fan

Posted by Jersey Wing on 06 January 2015 - 06:47 PM

Unlike some places around the league who have fanbases that aren't confident in themselves and their place in hockey history, and without 50 hanging banners. they get envious and envy leads to ugly. Enjoy the cathedral and all it has to offer.

#2561023 Visiting Fan

Posted by Wheelchairsuperhero on 06 January 2015 - 06:13 PM

I've sat by a few Avs fans before and no one bothered them. Though they were pretty annoying themselves. I think she'd be fine. Always wear your gear when going into enemy territory!

#2555159 Favorite arena

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 09 December 2014 - 10:35 PM

lol - you wanna see some bad fans?


Go to the UC with Red Wings gear on.


A few years ago I went to the UC with my daughter to watch the Hawks play the Canes.  She was a Skinner fan.  The Canes were losing unfortunately and a gentlemen who sat next to me who chatter with me a little bit said, "It looks like your team is losing" to which I replied, "That's not my team, I'm a Red Wings fan" to which he never said another word to me the rest of the night  :lol:

#2555077 Ben Bishop and Darren Pang swap goalie pads

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 11:58 AM

Panger in Bishop's gear would've been the norm back in the late 90's thru mid 2000's.