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Your Call: How would you rank Canada's memorable goals?

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TSN.ca Staff
9/26/2012 2:00:18 PM
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Sports icons and clutch performances go hand in hand.

And with the 40th anniversary of Paul Henderson's historic goal at the 1972 Summit Series - considered to be the most memorable in Canadian hockey history -  where does the goal stack up against others scored in red and white?

More than two years have passed since Sidney Crosby's golden goal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and as evidence of its lasting impact, the goal has been discussed in the same breath as Henderson's and the Wayne Gretzky/Mario Lemieux winner in Game 3 of the 1987 Canada Cup.

Lemieux's game-winning goal in 1987 capped off arguably the last great game between Canada and the Soviet Union. The Soviets won the opener of the best-of-three series by a 6-5 OT decision, while Canada won Game 2 by that same score. With time winding down in Game 3, Lemieux capitalized on an odd-man rush with Gretzky and defenceman Larry Murphy to give Canada a 6-5 lead with 1:26 remaining in the third period - the eventual game-winner.

And don't forget - Joe Sakic also left his mark in Canadian hockey history at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, wiring a shot from the left circle past Mike Richter to break a tense 2-2 tie, sending Canada en route to its first Olympic gold medal in men's ice hockey in half a century.

Would the World Juniors be on your list?

Before emerging as a young star in Edmonton, Jordan Eberle was a household name at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship, scoring the game-tying goal with 5.4 seconds remaining (and also in the shootout) to lead Canada to a thrilling 6-5 victory over Russia in the semifinal.

The 1991 World Juniors also had its share of heroics, as Canada needed a win against Russia in their final game to win gold. With the score tied at two late in the third, defenceman John Slaney jumped on the ice and scored his one and only goal of the tournament - the game-winner and one of the biggest in the history of the World Junior Championship.

And so we ask you this: How would you rank the most memorable goals in Canadian international hockey history?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Paul Henderson (Photo: Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
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