By Brian Conacher
The Conacher identify is celebrated around the state asthe first kinfolk of hockey. carrying on with within the tradition,Brian Conacher brings fifty five years of expertise within the sportto existence in because the Puck Turns . he's the son of legend LionelConacher, Canada?s Athlete of the 1st Half-Century (1900-1950), in addition to the 6th loved one to have performed inthe NHL. taking part in in minor and significant leagues, on Canada?sOlympic and nationwide groups, after which happening to coachand deal with groups on the significant expert point like theEdmonton Oilers, Brian understands and is familiar with the gameinside and out.In his years of hockey, Brian has noticeable the realities of theworld of game at each point and from many angles. From theearly levels of his profession, Brian bargains up adolescence memoriesabout stars like Maurice ?Rocket? Richard and Gordie Howe,playing at Maple Leaf Gardens and handling the buildingin later years. He stocks his insights at the impression of theNHL, at the recreation, and what it's wish to were on thelast Leafs staff to win the Stanley Cup.As the Puck Turns is an engaging own trip throughthe hockey area and what an iconic determine of the game seesfor the way forward for his cherished video game.
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Team Canada needed a crash course on how to play against the Soviets, who could all skate like the wind, handle and pass the puck, make creative plays, shoot accurately and hard, were strong on the puck offensively and defensively—and they were tough. They had four balanced lines, so it wouldn’t be enough to shut down their top line—they had four top lines, plus depth on their bench. And their trademark was their superb conditioning. They could skate flat out for sixty minutes of every game. A most formidable opponent!
Bobby Clarke scored Team Canada’s first goal in fortytwo minutes and closed the gap to 4–3, but then the flood gates began 22 THE CANADA–SOVIET HOCKEY SERIES to open when Boris Mikhailov restored the Soviets’ two-goal lead. Team Canada had run out of gas. Sensing their helplessness, the Soviets went for the jugular. I commented that they had never been known to let up when they had an opponent down. I knew they were going to play flat out right to the end, and if running up the score was the result, so be it.
He stepped out in front of the goal and beat a surprised Tretiak with a lightningquick deft move. The goal confirmed that Team Canada could generate offence as well as stop the Soviets. The score remained at 1–0 until early in the third period. On a Team Canada power play, Yvan Cournoyer came down the right wing, took a perfect pass in full stride from Brad Park and showed the Soviets an explosive burst of Canadian speed unseen to that point. He skated past the Soviet defence as if they were pylons, then ripped a shot that beat Tretiak cleanly.
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