the 1972 Summit Series
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Game 8 - Canada 3 - Soviet Union 1
MOSCOW – Six weeks ago, Dennis Hull had tossed aside his invitation from Hockey Canada to try out for the team as a protest because brother Bobby was excluded. Tonight, both he and millions of fellow Canadians are glad he had a change of heart.
Hull’s two third-period goals, including the game winner, have made him a hero across the nation as Team Canada came from behind to win 3-1.
By virtue of its 4-3-1 performance, Canada claims overall victory in the Summit Series.
“During the second intermission, when we were trailing by a goal, I asked the guys to give everything they had left because there was no tomorrow,” coach Harry Sinden said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of a group.”
Team Canada picked up where it had left off in Game 7, playing a grinding style that gradually wore down the talented Soviet forwards. Fatigue, too, appeared to be the great equalizer in the final game.
After a scoreless first, the Soviets grabbed a 1-0 at 14:57 of the second period when Aleksandr Yakushev scored on a rebound of Yuri Liapkin’s wrist shot. Dryden had broken his stick and was using Gary Bergman’s.
Team Canada tied the score with a power-play goal at 8:11 of the third period when Dennis Hull crept behind the penalty killers and redirected Jean Ratelle’s set up pass behind goalie Vladislav Tretiak.
The third line of Hull, Ratelle and Rod Gilbert accounted for the series-clinching goal at 13:55 when Tretiak moved out of his crease to cut down the angle, but Hull’s wrist shot slipped through the five-hole.
In their desperation to tie the score, the Soviets attempted to open up the game, but to no avail. Dryden played a near-perfect game, stopping Vladimir Petrov on a breakaway with roughly five minutes remaining, then making an acrobatic save on Yakushev moments later.
“Kenny’s big saves were what preserved the win,” said Hull. “He was the hero tonight.”
Ron Ellis put the game away at 16:09 after the Soviets had turned the puck over in the neutral zone. Bobby Clarke faked a shot, then slid the puck over to Ellis, who one-timed it. The shot caromed off the crossbar into the net.
The two-goal deficit totally deflated the Soviets, who never made a serious threat to score again. The home crowd, minus 3,000 Canadian fans, was silenced.
After the final buzzer sounded, medals were presented to the outstanding players of the series. For Canada, it was Phil Esposito with his eight-point total (7 G, 1 A). Receiving top honors for the Soviets was Yakushev whose 10 points (5 G, 5A) tied him for the Series scoring lead with teammate Petrov.
“From the outset, our goal was to learn from the Canadians and perhaps win a game or two,” Petrov commented. “I think we did better than any of us expected. I would really like to have a rematch someday.”
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