the 1972 Summit Series
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Game 1 Vs. Sweden
STOCKHOLM – Agility versus brawn is what some cynics have judged this two-game exhibition set between Team Canada and the Swedish National Team on the wider international ice surfaces.
On this evening, brawn won in a big way with Yvan Cournoyer scoring twice and Ron Ellis adding three assists as Canada routed Sweden 5-0.
The Canadian defenders had some trouble adjusting to the combination of wider areas to cover and quick Swedish forwards. Playing fire wagon hockey, Sweden outgunned Team Canada 17-11 in the first period, but failed to crack netminder Tony Esposito, who was hot.
Canada got on the board first at 3:23 of the opening period when Bobby tipped in Brad Park’s slap shot from the top of the circle. Clarke had managed to establish his position in the low slot by out muscling his defensive shadow. Team Canada’s big forwards, by-and-large were able to exploit this apparent weakness.
At 8:01, Canada made the score 2-0 when Frank Mahovlich snapped a shot from 30 feet out through a screen that beat goalie William Lofqvist to the low stick-side corner.
Seventeen seconds later, Team Canada put the game away when Yvan Cournoyer scored on a 2-on-1 break. The Swedish defensemen had pinched too far into the offensive in pursuit of a loose puck that Esposito reached first. He passed to Cournoyer, who drilled it over Lofqvist’s shoulder and into the net when the goalie moved out to challenge.
Team Sweden totally collapsed after the third goal. Their play in the second and third periods was sluggish and their offense bogged down. With a sizeable lead, Team Canada could afford to play a more physical game, something the Swedes are not used to.
Team Canada racked up 47 minutes in penalties, including a misconduct penalty issued to forward J.P. Parise for unsportsmanlike conduct. Sweden, despite eight power-play opportunities could only manage seven shots while on the man-advantage.
Esposito made the score 4-0 in favor of Canada at 10:38 when he picked up a rebound from Clarke’s wrist shot and poked it into the net. Cournoyer closed out the scoring at 14:53 when he fired a wrist shot on net from a bad angle that bounced off the skate of Swedish defenseman Bjorn Johansson and redirected into the goal.
“As much as I enjoyed the win, a 5-0 score is a fluke,” Tony Esposito commented. “The puck was just bouncing our way. It could just as easily have gone their way – especially in their own building.
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