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Game 8 – C’mon Canada

Game eight. A game that almost didn’t happen because both sides couldn’t agree on which two referees would suit up. The Russians, of course, lobbied for both Josef Kompalla and Franz Baader, the two West Germans who heavily sucked up to the Russians, probably in search of future Olympic and World Championship gigs in which Russia held a weighty voice. Canada’s choices were a Swede, Uve Dahlberg, with their second being Czech Rudy Batja.

Thus, in the 11th hour it was decided that Kompalla and Dahlberg would handle the duties, until Dahlberg allegedly fell ill with food-poisoning. So then it became Kompalla and Batja.

However which way you slice it, the officiating situation was a mess.

And so it began, with Ken Dryden in nets after Tony Esposito had performed well two nights prior in Canada’s 4-3 win.  It was a game of wonderful and breathtaking hockey, with weirdness thrown in, including J.P. Parise blowing a fuse when he was assessed an interference call in which Kompalla waved it off and then Batja called it anyway. Parise complained, was given a ten-minute misconduct, and in a fit of rage skated to Kompalla with his stick raised, as if to chop the poor bugger’s head off. Needless to say, Parise took an early shower.

Both teams, in glorious fashion, went back and forth, with players coming close as the goalies held their ground time and time again. Phil Esposito roamed about and made the Soviets nervous. Alexander Yakushev continued to give Dryden fits, and the first period ended at two apiece, which seemed rightly so. Every inch had been fought for. JP Parise watched from the sidelines in his street clothes.

In the second, Russia took the lead, Bill White tied it, but then Russia scored two and it was 5-3 when 40 minutes had expired. Could Canada actually come back in the third period and win this? It didn’t look good. It was a two-goal Soviet lead, and a two-referee Soviet advantage. I can’t remember if I had any booze around or not, but surely I needed it.

But just two and a half minutes into the final frame, Esposito whacked one home, and at 12:56, Yvan Cournoyer tied it. A country jumping for joy, until we noticed a commotion from the penalty box area and wondered if we should be happy or not.

It turned out that the goal judge decided not to put the red light on when Cournoyer scored, prompting Alan Eagleson to freak out and be restrained by soldiers who began to lead him away, maybe to a train bound for Siberia. But Pete Mahovlich came to the rescue, others followed, and the Eagle was taken to the safety of the free world, otherwise known as the Canadian bench. But not before he got in a couple of one-finger salutes to the despicable goal judge.

Back and forth players went and the clock clicked down, which was fine with the Soviets. They had decided that they would claim victory in case of a tie, considering they had scored one more in total goals during the eight games. This couldn’t happen. We could not witness a smug, smiling and celebratory Soviet contingent, not after clawing back over a period of several games, and then having them claim victory on a technicality. A tie would be like kissing Leonid Brezhnev’s wife, or Leonid Brezhnev.

And then it happened, and maybe I should let good old Foster Hewitt take you home.

“Cournoyer has it on that wing. Here’s a shot. Henderson makes a wild stab for it and fell. Here’s another shot, right in front. THEY SCORE! HENDERSON HAS SCORED FOR CANADA!”

Yes he did, with 34 seconds remaining. And a nation rejoiced.

Binder Bunch

Before I do the binder bunch, I want to mention that Darth and his terrific lady Lydie came to visit last night. Our first visitors in Montreal, and we were so happy to have them.

I was also proud to show them my old Canadiens scrapbook, something I’ve been doing with friends since I was seven years old.

Darth, as you might know, checks in here with his comments and fab artwork. Great people, these two, and it was a pleasure.

Now, more from the binders on a hot summer day, which includes – Charlie Hodge, Lloyd Gilmour, Harry Neale and Steve Armitage, old Forum passes, Pete Mahovlich, Rangers, Reggie Jackson, Sam Pollock, Sparky Anderson, and old Forum ticket stubs and envelope.












More From Kouli

Kouli in Vancouver always has such great photos for sale on his site at Kouli the Greek and I very much appreciate him letting me show some of his stuff, which I do from time to time.

Below, Mr. Beliveau; the 1912 edition of the Habs; Charlie Hodge; Pete and Frank Mahovlich with Pocket Rocket; a scene from the 1970’s movie Million Dollar Hockey Puck; Rocket; Toe Blake; a great ad; Ken Dryden; and a very young Rocket. Hope you enjoy.


A Big Night During A Lonely Time

I was living in an upstairs room of a house on Broadview Ave. in Toronto, lonely, broke, and depressed, and I could hear the Habs-Leafs game on the TV downstairs. So I kind of sat at the top of the stairs until the family, whom I didn’t know at all, noticed me. Maybe I coughed or something.

They invited me into their living room to watch the game with them, which I was hoping they would do. It was a time when I had nothing, just a radio and some clothes, and to see a Canadiens game in a family setting was a wonderful thing.

It was January 19, 1972 (I looked it up), and there was no scoring until Pete Mahovlich scored with just one and a half seconds left on the clock, and the Canadiens won 1-0. The family was pissed but I jumped for joy.

I’ve never forgotten that evening.

Thank you, family on Broadview. And thank you Peter.

Pete Mahovlich Answers Questions For His Local Paper In NY State

The Saratogian
Saratoga Springs, NY Region
By Paul Post
Feb. 16, 2010

Editor’s Note: Pete Mahovlich won four Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens during a 17-year NHL playing career. The Ontario native now lives in Queensbury and is a scout for the Atlanta Thrashers. He’s currently in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, representing Hockey Canada. This is the first of several installments about his experience at the Games.

Q. Have you ever been to an Olympics?

A. Back when I played, professionals weren’t allowed to take part in the Olympics so I never had that opportunity. This is my first Olympics. It’s quite special for me, especially having it right in our own country. It’s a great venue.

Q. Have you ever participated in any type of international competition?

A. In 1972, I played in an eight-game “Summit Series” against the Soviets. For me, the personal highlight was scoring a short¬handed goal in Game 2 in Toronto that led to a 4-1 win, after we got trounced 7-2 in the first game in Montreal. In 1976, I was in the Canada Cup with the Soviets, Czechs, Swedes, Finland, U.S. and Canada. It was quite an experience. Any time you have an opportunity to be on a world stage and represent your country it certainly is a great honor. Last year I was able to go to the World Championships in Halifax and Quebec City for Hockey Canada. It was great to be part of that function.

Q. How do you feel about having NHL players taking part in the Olympics?

A. I think it’s a great thing. I know logistically it can be a problem with the scheduling. But I think every four years they should set time aside to let these guys play because it’s selling the game of hockey on an international scale. We’ve got so many international players playing here in North America that we have to do that. Why not shorten the NHL season and make it a 60-game

season instead of 82 games in Olympic years? The unions, the players, the owners wouldn’t like it, but the end-all is it helps promote the game and what is that worth?

Q. What is your role for Hockey Canada at the Olympics?

A. I’ll be hosting a couple of gatherings, just glad-handing and saying hello to corporate people.

Q. In 1976, did you go to the Summer Olympics in Montreal?

A. I did not. We were away at the time and I was getting ready for the Canada Cup. I didn’t get to see the Olympics in Montreal. I was away getting ready for our own little tournament in the fall.

Q. What are you looking forward to most in Vancouver?

A. I just want to get to see some events, maybe a skating competition. I know I’m going to see a couple of hockey games. I’d like to go and see maybe a ski jumping event or an outdoor event of some sort. That would be pretty interesting. Just the pageantry of it all is going to be fun.

Q. Who’s going to win the gold medal in hockey?

A. You’ve got some really strong teams battling. The Russians are going to have a really great team. Team Canada will be there and you can’t discount Sweden or the United States. They (the U.S.) might be a little on the young side, but their goaltender Ryan Miller (Sabres) is a fabulous goaltender. They’re going to have a lot of speed up front and speed on the defense. So it’ll be an interesting to see how the younger players from the states compete against Canada and the Russians.

Questions and interview by Saratogian reporter Paul Post.