Friday, September 28, 2007

Thirty Five Years Ago Today

Henderson from Esposito at 19:26. A simple statistic that can bring emotion to the hearts of all Canadians thirty five years after it was scribbled on a score sheet in Russia.

Paul Henderson, with the flick of his own rebound became a hockey legend this day of 28-Sep-1972. If you would like to have another look go here Click Link

What should we think of Paul Henderson's goal all these years later?

For me Henderson, who was a late addition to Canada’s team, is not given enough credit for his full contribution to winning the series. Henderson scored two goals and added an assist in game 5. He scored the game wining goals in games 6, 7 and 8. His goal in game 7 was simply stunning. The game winning goal in game 8 was less pretty. Regardless it is now an iconic event in Canadian history.

We also seem to forget the road that lead to Team Canada being able to win the series. When the teams left Canada the series was 2-1-1. The game 3 4-4 tie in Winnipeg created the opportunity for a series winner. With eight games it could have ended in a tie at four games each. The 4-1 game 2 win in Toronto tied the series at 1-1. Without this win in Toronto, the lost in game 5, the first game in Moscow, would have ended the series.


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