the 1972 Summit Series
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Canadian Pride Restored
TORONTO – To jubilant fans across Canada, maybe the other night in was just a bad dream. Tonight, the Team Canada they had anticipated in Montreal finally arrived.
Paul Henderson scored twice in the second period to put Team Canada ahead for good in a 4-1 romp over the Soviet Union at Maple Leaf Gardens.
The teams have split the first two games in the Summit Series.
Of concern to Soviet head coach Vsevolod Bobrov is the fact that his top line of Vladimir Petrov, Valeri Kharlamov, and Boris Mikhailov were neutralized for a second straight game.
Team Canada played a near-perfect game at both ends of the ice. The only miscue was a sloppy breakout pass that defenseman Yuri Liapkin intercepted, then shovelled past net minder Tony Esposito at 8:27 of the first period.
Canada continued to enjoy offensive outputs from its balanced lines. Bobby Clarke and Ron Ellis each had a pair of assists, as did defenseman Pat Stapleton.
Phil Esposito got Canada on the board first, by one-timing Frank Mahovlich’s pass from the bottom of the circle past goalie Vladislav Tretiak at 4:18 of the first period.
The Canadian offense exploded for three goals in the second period. Henderson put Canada in the lead at 5:07 by tipping in Clarke’s shot.
Defenseman Gary Bergman gave Canada a 3-1 at 12:46 on a fluke goal. As the Canadians were making a line change, Bergman blindly shot the puck into the Soviet end from just inside the red line. The puck bounced and handcuffed Tretiak who watched it skip between his pads as he crouched to make the save.
Henderson closed out the scoring at 17:17, knocking in a rebound from Clarke.
Team Canada was content to sit on its 4-1 lead in the third period. The Soviets out shot them 13-6, but failed to get any decent scoring chances. Tony Esposito was sharp while turning aside 39 of 40 shots faced.
While Harry Sinden is pleased with his team’s performance, he is concerned about keeping the game in perspective.
“This was just one win, but there are still six games to play,” he said. “We need to focus on the next task at hand. And that is to play a strong opening period in Winnipeg.”
The Series resumes in two nights at the Winnipeg Arena.
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