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1987 Canada Cup wraps up with Game 3 on TSN

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TSN.ca Staff
9/13/2012 10:33:13 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 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 concludes with Game 3 tonight on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. You can also chat live with Larry Murphy on TSN.ca's In-Game blog during the broadcast.

Game 3 - Hockey At Its Best

Wayne Gretzky skated down the left wing boards, the puck on his stick secure as a baby in a cradle. Once inisde the Soviet blue line, he dropped it to a trailing Mario Lemieux. The Magnificent One glided in, took one look and fired, high glove side.

The clock at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton said there was 1:26 left in the third period before the game was finished, but everyone could see the truth.

It was over.

Lemieux's goal gave Canada a 6-5 win over the Soviet Union in the deciding game of the best-of-three Canada Cup Final and the country's third Canada Cup title in four tries.

"I had lots of time, more than a second," Lemieux said of his winning goal. "The top shelf was open and I just put it there."

Lemieux's marker still stands as one of the greatest Canadian goals ever. Right up there with Paul Henderson's Summit Series winner in 1972 and more recently, Sidney Crosby's golden overtime goal against the United States at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

"This was exceptional hockey," said Soviet head coach Viktor Tikhonov of the final series. "The performance by both teams elevated the game of hockey by another grade. They were the best hockey games I have ever seen."

There could not be a more fitting end to the 1987 Canada Cup. Of Mario Lemieux's tournament-leading 11 goals, nine were assisted by Wayne Gretzky who finished as the scoring leader with 21 points.

Mario Lemieux (Photo: B Bennett/Getty Images)

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(Photo: B Bennett/Getty Images)
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