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Game 5 goes all wrong

People took the day off work on Sept. 28, 1972 to watch Canada play the Soviet Union. In the game's last seconds, their hero Paul Henderson scored an epoch-making goal. But the hockey series was more than just that final game. The fast and skilled Soviets surprisingly showed up Team Canada in eight gruelling games that changed Canadian hockey forever. It became faster, better. And the drama began in game one when Team Canada skated onto the ice self-admiring and mighty, only to be knocked down hard, 7-3, by the Soviet Union.

Phil Esposito skates onto the ice and bows with a huge grin for the Soviets. He quickly becomes a crowd pleaser in this first away game at Moscow's Luzhniki Ice Palace. The puck drops and Team Canada takes control. By the second period, they have the game's only two goals. Paul Henderson (left) raises the score to 3-0 but shortly after, he smashes into the boards and falls to the ice.

The team doctor says he has a concussion but Henderson refuses to sit off. At the top of the third, Team Canada is sluggish. The Soviets take advantage of this and follow through with a five-goal assault, winning the game 5-4. Toronto Globe and Mail columnist Scott Young comments on what went wrong.
• After game 5, the Soviet Union led the series with three wins, one tie and one loss. Critics worried that 100 years of Canadian hockey heritage was "on the line."

• Hockey was invented in Canada in the mid-1800s. It was likely an incarnation of bandy, a British ball and stick game first played in northern England in the early 1800s. British soldiers stationed in Halifax and Kingston in the mid-19th century played variations of bandy.

• In 1837, hockey games were played on a Montreal rink near Bleury and Dorchester streets between teams named "les Canadiens" and "the Dorchesters."

• The Globe and Mail sports columnist heard in this clip, Scott Young, is the father of Canadian rock legend Neil Young.
Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Sept. 22, 1972
Guest: Scott Young
Host: Bruce Rogers
Duration: 3:01

Last updated: February 14, 2014

Page consulted on February 14, 2014

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