IHLC Classics: “Henderson Has Scored For Canada!”

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series finale, we look back on perhaps the most influential goal in international hockey history, Paul Henderson’s series-winning tally past Vladislav Tretyak.

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Summit Series, Game 8
Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow ussr-11
Thursday, September 28, 1972

Both Canada and the Soviet Union had pushed each other to their limit in this grueling eight-game Summit Series, heading into the decisive eighth and final game in Moscow, the series tied at 3-3-1. Each team knew the ins-and-outs of each other’s game, and were completely prepared to avoid any surprises.

That is, until the final minute of the game – when Paul Henderson pounced on a rare Vladislav Tretyak rebound to score what was touted “The Goal Of The Century,” winning the epic Summit Series, and the International Hockey Lineal Championship, for Canada.
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IHLC Classics: The Red Army Shocks The World

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, we feature the opening game of the tournament, a stunning Soviet victory in Montréal.

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Summit Series, Game 1
Forum de Montréal, Montréal canada1965-11
Saturday, September 2, 1972

After all the opening spectacle died down, all the commemorative pennants were handed out, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau dropped the puck and the national anthems were sung, hockey fans throughout Canada (and the Western world) were expecting Team Canada, a collective NHL all-star team boasting the likes of Phil Esposito, Frank Mahovlich and Ken Dryden, to put a drubbing on the Soviet team, made up of unheard “amateur” players who played hockey only as part of their army or police service. This was to be an easy sweep for Team Canada, to show the world once and for all who truly owns the game.

Oh, how wrong Canada was. The Soviets were for real, and they proved it with a drubbing of their own, to take Game 1 of the Summit Series, along with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Soviet Union 3-2 Canada – Oct. 6, 1974

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Summit Series, Game 8
Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow ussr-11
Sunday, October 6, 1974

BOXSCORE
1st Period
07:57 – canada1965-11 PEN – Webster, roughing
13:08 – ussr-11 PEN – Yakushev, tripping
13:47 – canada1965-11 PP GOAL – Backstrom (Tremblay, Hull)
15:26 – ussr-11 PEN – Tiurin, holding
18:21 – canada1965-11 PEN – Hamilton, elbowing
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IHLC Results – Soviet Union 5-2 Canada – Oct. 3, 1974

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Summit Series, Game 6
Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow ussr-11
Thursday, October 3, 1974

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:34 – ussr-11 GOAL – Mikhailov (Kharlamov)

00:53 – canada1965-11 PEN – Marty Howe, elbowing
02:43 – ussr-11 GOAL – Vasiliev
15:56 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Houle (Shmyr)
15:38 – canada1965-11 PEN – Smith, cross checking
16:38 – canada1965-11 PEN – Tardif, 10 min. misconduct
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IHLC Results – Soviet Union 3-2 Canada – Oct. 1, 1974

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Summit Series, Game 5
Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow ussr-11
Tuesday, October 1, 1974

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:32 – canada1965-11 PEN – Mahovlich, holding
05:34 – ussr-11 GOAL – Maltsev (Vikulov, Anisin)
06:59 – ussr-11 PEN – Petrov, roughing
06:59 – canada1965-11 PEN – Ley, roughing
15:07 – canada1965-11 PEN – Selwood, cross checking
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IHLC Results – Soviet Union 5-5 Canada – Sep. 23, 1974

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Summit Series, Game 4
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver canada1965-11
Monday, September 23, 1974

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:24 – ussr-11 GOAL – Vasiliev (Kharlamov)
04:20 – canada1965-11 GOAL – G. Howe (Backstrom, Stapleton)
05:24 – canada1965-11 PEN – McKenzie, elbowing
05:59 – ussr-11 PP GOAL – Mikhailov (Petrov)
11:38 – ussr-11 PEN – Gusev, slashing
12:45 – canada1965-11 PP GOAL – Hull (Mahovlich)
15:11 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Hull (Stapleton)
17:10 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Mahovlich (Houle, Bernier)
17:45 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Hull (Lacroix)
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