Red Fever: The 35th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Flyers-Red Army Game

January 10th, 2011 by donald wood Leave a reply »
January 11, 1976

Take a trip with me, if you would, to a time long ago.  A time when tension between the USSR and the USA was at its height and the Cold War was in full tilt.

It may be bias, but I believe the turning point of the Cold War was the battle of Philadelphia.  It was a hard-fought battle that left the Soviet Army team reeling.

The Red Army team was the best in the world.  They came to North America to play NHL teams and show their dominance.  And they did.

The Soviet team rolled through the North American opposition until they came upon the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers.

The Red Army team was built for speed.  They were all about finesse and puck handling skills.  For what they were, they were the best.

Philadelphia had a different style of play.

As the game began, it was clear what the Flyers' plan of attack was. 

Hurt them.  And they did!

The Flyers came out hard, finishing every check and leaving Soviet players dazed in their wake.  They were super aggressive on the forecheck and were ab ...

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