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Lemieux and Gretzky unite in Game 2 of Canada Cup on TSN

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9/12/2012 10:27:16 AM
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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 1987 Canada Cup Final.

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 continues with Game 2 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 2 - 66 + 99 = Win!

When two of the greatest players in hockey history get a chance to weave their magic as one, the result is a thing of beauty.

With Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux playing regularly on the same line for the first time, Canada came out on top in four-and-a-half periods of firewagon hockey to be savoured for the ages. Many believed it was the best game ever played.

At 10:07 of the second overtime period, Lemieux's third goal of the game - all assisted by Gretzky - gave Canada a 6-5 win, tied the series at one and set up a dramatic winner-take-all Game 3 in Hamilton.

"We were really down in the dressing room (before overtime)," said Gretzky. "Two games in a row we had blown the lead in the final minutes and had to play overtime in two games we should have won."

Gretzky tallied five assists in what he called the best game he has ever played. Besides Lemieux's goals, The Great One set up Doug Gilmour and Paul Coffey with sparkling plays.

"Gretzky is like an invisible man," said Soviet assistant coach Igor Dmitriev. "He appears out of nowhere, passes to nowhere and a goal is scored."

Lemieux and Gretzky - Canada Cup (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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