Vladimir Lutchenko trailed only Liapkin as the highest scoring defenseman on the team. While Liapkin is remembered more for giving up the puck to create the famous Paul Henderson goal, Lutchenko is remembered as an incredible defender in the series.
"Vladimir Lutchenko played very well defensively," said Russian sports writer Vladimir Dvortsov. "He showed that even against the Canadians a defenseman can use clean bodychecks effectively. He played the real sty le of Soviet hockey - smart, elegant and clean."
Lutchenko treasured the opportunity to play against the Canadians.
"We had always beaten them in the Olympics and world championship. I'd often heard that their best players were in the NHL and it bother med that we weren't playing against them. This series proved finally that we were as good as they were."
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