December 04, 2013

New Year's Eve, 1975: Montreal Canadiens vs. Soviet Central Red Army. Complete video of possibly the greatest ice hockey game ever played. Introduction by Dick Irvin, Jr. Via the NHL History Channel, which has some other excellent nostalgia.

posted by rumple to hockey at 02:26 PM - 2 comments

Complete video of possibly the greatest ice hockey game ever played.

I might concede that, but I still think the these three games are the greatest hockey games (talent-wise) ever played.

The Canadian team had the following HOF players:

Glenn Anderson
Ray Bourque
Paul Coffey
Grant Fuhr
Mike Gartner
Doug Gilmour
Michel Goulet
Wayne Gretzky
Dale Hawerchuk
Mario Lemieux
Mark Messier
Larry Murphy

(and Ron Hextall, who I suspect will get in there some day given the HHOF's "very large hall" voting system)

The Russian team had the Red Army line (Larionov, Makarov, Krutov, Fetisov, Kasatonov) plus a bunch of players that would make their way to the NHL (Kamensky, Gusarov, etc).

All three games had 6-5 final scores, two of them went into overtime (the other decided with less than 2 minutes), and nothing but back and forth action.

posted by grum@work at 03:33 PM on December 04

I remember that series well, the final Murphy/Hawerchuk/Gretzky/Lemieux goal, I'll never forget that. But the 1975 game was the height of my kidly hockey geek and of course at that time there were barely any replays let alone sports shows, youtube, whatever - so it stands kind of pure in my memory and honestly it gave me tingles just watching the first 10 minutes.

posted by rumple at 11:24 PM on December 04

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