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TSN kicks off Canada Cup coverage with Game 1 tonight

{eot} Staff
9/11/2012 12:37:48 PM
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To mark the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest hockey tournaments of all time, TSN is delivering re-broadcasts of all the Final games from the 1987 Canada Cup.

The games are all digitally re-mastered with each game featuring a marquee panel of Team Canada coach Mike Keenan, Team Canada defenceman and Hockey Hall of Fame member Larry Murphy and Team Soviet Union centre and Hockey Hall of Fame member Igor Larionov

Coverage begins with Game 1 tonight on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt.

You can also chat with Hall of Famer and former Team Canada defenceman Larry Murphy on's In-Game blog during the third and final game on TSN, Thursday at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt!

Game 1 - The Soviets Strike

It was not an overpowering shot, but when Soviet centre Alexander Semak beat Canadian netminder Grant Fuhr at 5:33 of overtime, it gave the Soviets a 6-5 victory in Game 1.

In his rookie season with the national team, Semak took a pass from Anatoli Semenov just inside the Canadian blue line and fooled Fuhr by shooting while going around a defender.

The goal nullified a dramatic Canadian comeback. Canada fell behind 4-1 in the second period of a wild, topsy-turvy contest. With the Soviets opting to start the experienced Sergei Mylnikov in goal over 21-year-old Evgeny Belosheikin, the Canadians chipped away and take a 5-4 lead with three minutes left in the third period by Wayne Gretzky.

With the fans at the Montreal Forum still roaring, Soviet winger Andrei Khomutov silenced them just 32 seconds later when he beat Fuhr to send the game into overtime.

Because overtime wasn't used in Europe, it marked the first-ever overtime game for the Soviets. However, they played like they were well used to the pressure as the Canadians failed to get a shot in the extra period.

The general consensus was that Team Canada didn't play poorly; they just didn't play well enough to get the win.

And lineup changes known only to Canadian head coach Mike Keenan were in the works for Game 2.

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