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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 26: Canada evens Summit Series against USSR

Plus: Rangers sign Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1972: Canada pulls even with the Soviet Union in the Summit Series when Paul Henderson scores the tie-breaking goal with 2:06 remaining in the third period for a 4-3 victory in Game 7 at Moscow.

Each team scores twice in the first period. Rod Gilbert puts Canada ahead 3-2 at 2:13 of the third, but Alexander Yakushev ties the game with a power-play goal at 5:15. With time running down, defenseman Serge Savard's pass sends Henderson in alone on two Soviet defensemen. He dekes, slides the puck through defenseman Evgeny Tsygankov's legs, goes around him and beats goaltender Vladislav Tretiak to put Canada ahead to stay.

After seven games, each team has three wins, three losses and a tie.



1925: The New York Americans, an expansion team scheduled to start play for the 1925-26 season, buy the roster of the Hamilton Tigers for $75,000. The move comes not long after the Tigers drop out of the NHL for financial reasons.

1988: The New York Rangers sign Guy Lafleur less than three weeks after the longtime Montreal Canadiens star is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Lafleur, who's been retired since early in the 1984-85 season, joins Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to skate in a regular-season game after being admitted to the Hall. Lafleur finishes with 18 goals and 45 points in 67 games. He plays two more seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before retiring for good.

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