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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 22: Canada loses Game 5 of Summit Series

Plus: Original Senators move to St. Louis; Bobby Hull, Ken Dryden enshrined in Hockey Hall of Fame

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1972: The Summit Series resumes in Moscow after a two-week break, with the Soviet Union rallying 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 period. 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 3-1-1 lead in the eight-game series.



1934: The Ottawa Senators move to St. Louis and are renamed the Eagles. The relocated franchise goes 11-31-6 in its only season before folding.


1966: Mike Richter, whose goaltending helped the New York Rangers end a 54-year Stanley Cup drought and enabled the United States to win the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, is born in Abington, Pa. 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. He wins 301 games before injuries force him to retire in 2003.

Tweet from @NYRangers: Happy Birthday to #NYR legend Mike Richter!!!


1983: The Hockey Hall of Fame inducts three superstars of the 1970s. Longtime Chicago Blackhawks teammates Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita enter the Hall, as does goaltender Ken Dryden, a six-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens. Also inducted as a builder is longtime Boston Bruins coach and executive Harry Sinden.

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