IHLC Classics: Gretzky To Lemieux

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 30th anniversary of the 1987 Canada Cup, we highlight the third game of the Cup finals, one of the most historic showdowns between the Soviet Union and Canada in history.

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canada1965-11 Canada 6-5 Soviet Union ussr-11
Canada Cup Final, Game 3
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Tuesday, September 15, 1987

In a series jam-packed with dramatic play on the ice and political tension felt off it, it was only appropriate that the finale to the 1987 Canada Cup end, for the third consecutive game, with a nail-biting 6-5 win.

And for the second time in three nights, on the the winning goal, it was Gretzky to Lemieux, to cap what many argue is the best series in international hockey history, winning Canada the Cup on home ice and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 1-0 Canada – Nov. 30, 2001

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TSN Challenge, Game 3
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Friday, November 30, 2001

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:59 – usa-11 PEN – Fisher, hooking
03:34 – usa-11 PEN – Ruggiero, charging
05:50 – usa-11 GOAL – Ruggiero (King)
10:49 – canada1965-11 PEN – Heaney, charging
13:15 – canada1965-11 PEN – Wickenheiser, slashing
18:02 – canada1965-11 PEN – Goyette, slashing
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IHLC Results – Canada 4-2 United States – Sep. 16, 1991

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canada1965-11 Canada 4-2 United States usa-11
Canada Cup Final, Game 2
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Monday, September 16, 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
07:14 – usa-11 PEN – Miller, roughing
07:14 – usa-11 PEN – Johnson, kneeing
07:14 – canada1965-11 PEN – Robitaille, roughing
10:32 – usa-11 PEN – Olczyk, hooking
13:39 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Messier (Fleury, Desjardins)
13:59 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Larmer (Hawerchuk)
14:40 – canada1965-11 PEN – Sutter, holding
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IHLC Results – Soviet Union 6-1 Finland – Sep. 5, 1991

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Canada Cup Group Round
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Thursday, September 5, 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:07 – ussr-11 GOAL – Butsayev (Gusarov, Gordyuk)
04:44 – finland-11 PEN – Lumme, cross checking
10:04 – ussr-11 GOAL – Prokhorov (Kozlov, Fyodorov)
14:41 – ussr-11 PEN – Prokhorov, cross checking/roughing double minor
14:41 – finland-11 PEN – Eloranta, roughing
16:19 – finland-11 PEN – Sirén, tripping
18:30 – ussr-11 SH GOAL – Khairdarov (Gusarov)
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IHLC Results – Canada 6-5 Soviet Union – Sep. 15, 1987

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canada1965-11 Canada 6-5 Soviet Union ussr-11
Canada Cup Final, Game 3
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Tuesday, September 15, 1987

In a series jam-packed with dramatic play on the ice and political tension felt off it, it was only appropriate that the finale to the 1987 Canada Cup end, for the third consecutive game, with a nail-biting 6-5 win.

And for the second time in three nights, on the the winning goal, it was Gretzky to Lemieux, to cap what many argue is the best series in international hockey history, winning Canada the Cup on home ice and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Canada 6-5 Soviet Union (2OT) – Sep. 13, 1987

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canada1965-11 Canada 6-5 Soviet Union ussr-11 (2OT)
Canada Cup Final, Game 2
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Sunday, September 13, 1987

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:43 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Rochefort (Messier, Hawerchuk)

01:27 – ussr-11 GOAL – Khomutov (Bykov)
01:42 – canada1965-11 PEN – Gilmour, high sticking
03:48 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Gilmour (Rochefort, Gretzky)
04:54 – ussr-11 PEN – Semyonov, hooking
08:49 – canada1965-11 PEN – M. Lemieux, high sticking
08:49 – ussr-11 PEN – Nemchinov, high sticking
09:50 – canada1965-11 PEN – Messier, high sticking
11:21 – ussr-11 PEN – Nemchinov, interference
11:21 – canada1965-11 PEN – Crossman, roughing
12:41 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Coffey (Gretzky, Gartner)
19:29 – canada1965-11 PEN – Gartner, charging
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IHLC Results – Canada 3-3 Soviet Union – Sep. 6, 1987

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canada1965-11 Canada 3-3 Soviet Union ussr-11
Canada Cup Group Round
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Sunday, September 6, 1987

BOXSCORE
1st Period
05:37 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Anderson (M. Lemieux)
11:52 – canada1965-11 PEN – Sutter, high sticking
11:52 – ussr-11 PEN – Kamenski, roughing
12:44 – ussr-11 PEN – Lomakin, hooking
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IHLC Results – Canada 3-2 United States – Sep. 2, 1987

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Canada Cup Group Round
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Wednesday, September 2, 1987

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:43 – usa-11 PEN – Carpenter, roughing
10:40 – usa-11 GOAL – LaFontaine
11:26 – usa-11 PEN – Langway, high sticking
11:26 – canada1965-11 PEN – Tocchet, roughing
17:21 – usa-11 PEN – Otto, interference
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IHLC Results – United States 5-2 Sweden – Aug. 31, 1987

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Canada Cup Group Round
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton canada1965-11
Monday, August 31, 1987

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:15 – sweden-11 PEN – Gustafsson, boarding
03:38 – usa-11 GOAL – Carpenter (Olczyk, Otto)
05:00 – usa-11 PEN – Presley, tripping
11:38 – usa-11 PEN – Presley, slashing
15:23 – usa-11 PEN – Brooke, tripping
17:11 – sweden-11 PEN – Thelvén, interference
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