the 1972 Summit Series
In a preview of the upcoming Summit Series re-enactment, we have teamed up to play two exhibition games: Team Canada Red vs. Team Canada White and the Soviet National Team vs. the 1972 Finnish Olympic Team.
Perfect In Pre-Summit Exhibition
HELSINKI, Finland – “Calculated” and “precise” are terms that describe the Soviet National Team’s dominance of the Finnish Olympic Team in a 4-0 rout in an exhibition.
Boris Mikhailov notched a hat trick and Aleksandr Yakushev added a goal and two assists.
Yet these is a sense that coach Vsevolod Bobrov was holding something back, not wanting to reveal the full extent of his team’s awesome firepower to the handful of Canadian scouts and Western media in attendance.
In a statement after the exhibition, Bobrov said he was resting his players, not wanting to risk injuries before the start of the Summit Series on Sept. 2.
Yet the first period, a three-goal explosion, gave a glimpse of what the Soviets are capable of. Yakushev opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game, deflecting in a slap shot by Aleksandr Maltsev.
Near the 10-minute mark, the Soviets extended their lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Mikhailov. Crisp passing by the Russian forwards left the Finnish penalty killers in disarray. Vladimir Petrov made a surgical pass through the defensive box to Yakushev, who calmly fed the puck to a waiting Mikhailov on the doorstep.
With five minutes remaining, Mikhailov tallied his second goal, also on a power play. Valeri Kharmalov one-timed Petrov’s set-up pass and Mikhailov deftly flicked the puck over the fallen goalie into the net.
With a sizeable lead and the game safely in hand, the Soviets were content to sit on their lead for the remaining two periods. Mikhailov’s final goal, registered at 14:43 of the third period, was a result of a botched Finnish line change.
Vladimir Shadrin intercepted a clearing pass and sent the puck up ice to Yakushev who had a 2-on-0 break with Mikhailov. He closed in goal, faked a shot, then slid a pass over to Mikhailov who buried it in the net.
Soviets outshot Finland 35-26. Soviet
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