Every decade seems to have a ‘Golden Goal,’ and for those who remember the 1987 Canada Cup final, “Gretzky to Lemieux” was Canada’s golden goal of the 1980s. In the closing moments of Game 3, Wayne Gretzky passed the puck to Mario Lemieux, who fired it over the glove of Soviet Union goaltender Sergei Mylnikov.
It was the game-winner in the deciding game of a hard-fought series. Game 1 was won by the Soviets 6-5 in overtime, while Game 2 was won by Canada 6-5 in double overtime. And while Canada ultimately emerged victorious in Game 3 – again, by an identical 6-5 score – it proved to be the team’s biggest challenge.
Canada had the two greatest players in the world with Gretzky and Lemieux. But the Soviet Union’s famed ‘Green Unit’ of Igor Larionov, Sergei Makarov, Vladimir Krutov, Alexei...
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