January 22, 2007

1979 Challenge Cup - A Game The NHL Can't Win

In the March 5, 1979 issue of Sports Illustrated, Harry Sinden penned an article entitled A Game The NHL Can't Win.
What happened to the National Hockey League in the Challenge Cup series shouldn't have been a shock to anyone. Listen, the NHL had been living on borrowed time since 1972, when Team Canada had to win the last three games in Moscow - and did so by a single goal each time - to beat the Soviets 4-3-1 in hockey's first summit meeting. since then, individual NHL teams have regularly played Soviet clubs in North America, and the Soviets have the edge, 10-5-2. So let's face it: the Soviets victory in the Series of the Century wasn't exactly the upset of the century.
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