IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-2 Soviet Union ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ (OT) – 13 Sep 1984

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-2 Soviet Union ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย (OT)
Canada Cupย Semifinal
Olympic Saddledome, Calgary ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Thursday, 13 September 1984

The moral of the story was: make sure never to do anything to upset the Soviet national ice hockey team.

The USA had the temerity to beat the vaunted team at the 1980 Olympics, but from that moment until the playoff round of the 1984 Canada Cup, the famed CCCP team did not lose a single game, including three perfect records at the World Championship in 1981, 1982, and 1983, as well as the 1984 Olympics. The team had also won the 1981 Canada Cup, demolishing Canada 8-1 at the Montrรฉal Forum in the finals, and in 1984, they were well on their way to another international whitewash.

The Soviets stormed through the Canada Cup round robin, winning all five games and outscoring their opponents 22-7. Canada, meanwhile, looked hot and cold, winning only two of five games and losing two (with one tie), including a 6-3 loss to the Soviets. Canada was not even close to match The Red Machine in the game, played on an NHL-sized rink in Edmonton.

The records of the two teams set up a semi-final showdown between Canada and the CCCP team in Calgary, a match-up fans loved but had hoped would wait until the finals. Pete Peeters was the Canadian goalie for that all-important game, and Vladimir Myshkin was in the nets for the Soviets.

A tense opening period yielded no goals, and John Tonelli got the only goal of the second. Canada outshot the Soviets 17-6 in that period, though, and Myshkinโ€™s great play gave the Soviets hope. They came out flying in the third, and Sergei Svetlov and Sergei Makarov scored in the opening seven minutes to give the Soviets a 2-1 lead. Defenceman Doug Wilson tied the game for Canada on a pass from Wayne Gretzky with just over six minutes to play, and the game went into overtime.

Igor Larionov took a penalty early in the fourth period, but Canada failed to score. It wasnโ€™t until 12:29 that the tension turned to delirium for fans at the Saddledome and across Canada.

But it all started with one of the greatest defensive plays by a defenceman โ€“ who was known for his offence. Twelve minutes into the OT-period, the Soviets suddenly emerged on a two-on-one break where Vladimir Kovin carried the puck and attempted to feed Mikhail Varnakov. The Soviets were usually deadly on an odd-man rush but Kovinโ€™s pass was read perfectly by the offensive minded Paul Coffey who went down on his knees and intercepted the puck. Not only did Coffey steal the pass, he immediately started a counter attack, and after getting the return pass from John Tonelli inside the Soviet blueline, Coffey shot from the point.

Mike Bossy was positioned in front of Myshkin, but he had little clue that the puck deflected off his stick and into the net. Canada escaped with a 3-2 win. It went on to beat Sweden 2-0 in the best-of-three finals, but the victory over the Soviets thanks to Bossyโ€™s dramatics remain the more compelling image from that tournament. Four years of Soviet perfection ended in stinging defeat.

1st Period
01:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Gartner, roughing
01:59 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Varnakov, holding
07:02 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Peeters, slashing
14:49 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Makarov, holding

2nd Period
23:26 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Larionov, hooking
26:37 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Bilyaletdinov, roughing
27:11 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Tonelli (Coffey, Robinson)
29:07 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Larionov, roughing
33:48 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Messier, holding
36:52 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wilson,ย hooking

3rd Period
43:46 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Robinson, hooking
45:19 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Svetlov (Semyonov, Yashin)
47:08 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Makarov (Krutov)
53:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Wilson (Gretzky, Bourne)

64:45 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN –ย Larionov, tripping
72:29 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Bossy (Coffey, Tonelli)

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Peeters (21-23)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Myshkin (38-41)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 10+17+8+6 = 41
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 10+6+4+3 = 23

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Rรฉjeanย Lemelin, Pete Peeters. Defence: Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Kevin Lowe, Larry Robinson (C), Doug Wilson. Forwards: Glenn Anderson, Brian Bellows, Mike Bossy, Bob Bourne, Mike Gartner, Michel Goulet, Wayne Gretzky (C), Mark Messier, Rick Middleton, Peter ล ลฅastnรฝ, Brent Sutter, John Tonelli, Steve Yzerman.
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders:ย Vladimir Myshkin, Alexander Tyznykh. Defence: Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, Alexei Gusarov,ย Alexei Kasatonov, Vasili Pervukhin, Sergei Starikov, Igor Stelnov, Vladimir Zubkov. Forwards: Irek Gimayev, Vladimir Kovin, Alexander Kozhevnikov, Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov,ย Sergei Makarov, Anatoli Semyonov, Sergei Shepelev, Alexander Skvortsov, Sergei Svetlov, Mikhail Varnakov, Mikhail Vasiliev, Sergei Yashin.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA vs. SOVIET UNION (C) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
new champion
(previous 13 Sep 1981)
Last Title
reign ends
(since 19 Aug 1984)
186 All-Time Wins
14 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 7 ties)
36 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. URS)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URSย 7-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 07 Mar 1954 โ€“ WC โ€“ Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. URS)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 6-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 10 Sep 1984 โ€“ CC โ€“ Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 6-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 10 Sep 1984 โ€“ CC โ€“ Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 16 Sep 1984 โ€“ CC โ€“ Calgary ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: IIHF 100 Top Stories of the Century
Photo Credit: Daryl Sladeย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC


3 thoughts on “IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-2 Soviet Union ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ (OT) – 13 Sep 1984

  1. Your article was not accurate. The CCCP did lose games between 1980-1984. One of which was a round robin game in the 1981 Canada Cup against Canada. They fell 7-3. Another was a loss to the Edmonton Oilers in December 1982, 4-3.


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