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Canceling a bunch of good Czechs
Peter Gammons
September 27, 1976
TEAM CANADA LIFTED THE COUNTRY'S MORALE BY TAKING THE CANADA CUP
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September 27, 1976

Canceling A Bunch Of Good Czechs

TEAM CANADA LIFTED THE COUNTRY'S MORALE BY TAKING THE CANADA CUP

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Canada scored three goals in the sudden-death period, but only one counted. Guy Lafleur put the puck into the net, but Ivan Hlinka had ingeniously lifted the cage off the ice a split second before, thus nullifying the goal. Then Guy Lapointe put the puck in the net an instant after the green light had flashed signaling the end of the first 10 minutes of overtime. No goal again. Finally, Toronto's Sittler ended all the nonsense with a legitimate score as he broke down the left side, faked a shot that brought Dzurilla to the ice, moved to a clear angle and fired the puck into the open net.

After Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had joined in singing O Canada and after the Canadians and the Czechoslovakians had exchanged jerseys, everyone agreed that tournaments like the Canada Cup signify the direction in which hockey is heading. In fact, the Canada Cup itself seems certain to become a quadrennial event, much like soccer's World Cup. "Let's face it," said Scotty Bowman, "people are going to demand international hockey."

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