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Sept. 24: Canada wins Game 6 of Summit Series

Plus: NHL adopts icing rule; Stevens named captain of Devils

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1972: Canada scores three goals in a 1:23 span during the second period and holds on to defeat the Soviet Union 3-2 in Game 6 of the Summit Series at Luzhniki Ice Palace in Moscow.

Two days after blowing a 4-1 lead in the third period, Canada trails 1-0 in the second period before goals by Dennis Hull (5:13), Yvan Cournoyer (6:21) and Paul Henderson (6:36) make it 3-1. The Soviets get a power-play goal from Alexander Yakushev at 17:11 of the second period, but Ken Dryden makes nine saves in the scoreless third for the win.

Canada's victory narrows the Soviets' lead in the eight-game series to 3-2 with one tie.



1937: The NHL adopts the icing rule, under which a team not playing shorthanded that shoots the puck from its own zone across the opposition's goal line has the ensuing face-off brought back to one of the circles in its own zone after the opposing team touches the puck. The rule prevents a team from dumping and chasing the puck from its zone.

In 2005, the NHL modifies the rule to prevent a team that has iced the puck from changing players. Hybrid icing is introduced for the 2013-14 season. This allows the linesman to blow the play dead if he determines that the puck will cross the goal line and the defending player is not behind in the race to the end-zone face-off dots.


1990: Gilbert Perreault and Bill Barber, two of the top forwards of the 1970s, are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Fern Flaman and Bud Poile. Perreault is honored after scoring 512 goals in 17 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Barber is inducted after scoring 420 goals in 12 seasons and playing on two Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Philadelphia Flyers.


1992: Scott Stevens is named the fifth captain of the New Jersey Devils. He remains in that role until he retires in 2004 and is captain for New Jersey's Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Stevens is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007; 10 years later, he is named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

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