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TSN.ca Staff
9/26/2012 10:24:12 AM
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Tonight, TSN marks the 40th anniversary of the most important game in Canadian international hockey history with a re-broadcast of Game 8 from the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. Relive all the drama at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt on TSN and TSN Mobile TV.

The NHL on TSN's James Duthie hosts tonight's broadcast alongside 1972 Summit Series teammates Bobby Clarke and Peter Mahovlich.

You can also join TSN.ca's real-time blog, which features the TSN Quizmaster tweeting out bonus content about the 1972 Summit Series.

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN?

"Here's a shot ... Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell ... here's another shot ... right in front ... they score! Henderson has scored for Canada!"

If you're Canadian, you've heard Foster Hewitt's legendary call of 'The Goal' scored by Paul Henderson to clinch the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union at least once in your life.

It was a series the Canadians were supposed to win with ease. Never before had all of Canada's best players joined forces and they were going to crush the Soviets. Or so everyone thought.

The Soviets shocked the Canadians 7-3 in the series opener and the walk in the park was suddenly anything but. The myth of Canadian supremacy had been shattered. The team was in a dogfight with a highly-skilled, highly-motivated opponent.

And as the games progressed it became clear the Summit Series had gone far beyond just hockey; it was a referendum on western freedom vs communism, our way of life against theirs. After 27 days and seven gruelling games the Canadians and Soviets entered the final game tied with three wins each with one tie.

It all came down to Game 8 - September 28, 1972 in Moscow - winner take all.

The Canadians were dealt a major blow in the first period as J-P Parise was ejected early in the first period following a suspect interference call and subsequent confrontation with a referee.

After two periods the Canadians trailed 5-3 and things were looking grim. Refusing to pack their tents, Phil Esposito and Yvan Cournoyer scored to even the game for Canada.

And then came Henderson's legendary goal. It was over, Canada had beaten the Soviet Union in the most important hockey series in history.

It was a watershed moment for Canada, Russia and hockey in general.



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