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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 22: Soviet Union rallies past Canada, wins Game 5 of Summit Series

Plus: Richter born in Pennsylvania; Hull, Mikita inducted into Hall of Fame

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1972: The Summit Series resumes in Moscow after a two-week break, and the Soviet Union rallies for five third-period goals to defeat Canada 5-4 at Luzhniki Ice Palace.

Canada leads 3-0 after two periods and 4-1 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the third, delighting the nearly 3,000 Canadian fans in the crowd of 15,000. But the Soviets score four times in less than six minutes against Tony Esposito. Vladimir Vikulov scores the game-winning goal with 5:14 remaining.

The victory gives the Soviet Union a 3-1 lead (plus one tie) in the eight-game series.



1934: The Ottawa Senators move to St. Louis and are renamed the Eagles. The relocated franchise goes 11-31 with six ties in its only season before folding.


1966: Mike Richter, whose goaltending helps the New York Rangers end a 54-year Stanley Cup drought and enables the United States to win the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, is born in Abington, Pennsylvania. Richter joins the Rangers after playing for the U.S. at the 1988 Calgary Olympics; he splits time with John Vanbiesbrouck until 1993-94, when he leads the NHL with 42 victories and then goes 16-7 to help the Rangers win the Cup for the first time since 1940. Two years later, he's the MVP of the first World Cup of Hockey, helping the U.S. rally to defeat Canada in the best-of-3 final. Richter wins 301 NHL games before injuries force him to retire in 2003.


1983: The Hockey Hall of Fame inducts three all-time greats. Longtime Chicago Blackhawks teammates Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita enter the Hall, as does goalie Ken Dryden, a six-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens. Harry Sinden, a longtime Boston Bruins coach and executive, is inducted as a builder.

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