By George Da Silva – National Teams of Ice Hockey
Team Canada made 2 changes for game 7: Tony Esposito was back in for Ken Dryden, and Red Berenson is out for Bill Goldsworthy. The Soviets meanwhile made 5 changes to their lineup, most notably Valeri Kharlamov, his already sore ankle cracked by the slash of Bobby Clarke in the last game. The Soviets also pulled Shatalov, Lebedev and Bodunov and replacing them with Gusev, Kuzkin, Blinov and Mikhailov.
GAME 7: CANADA 4, SOVIET UNION 3
The Canadians received a late lift from Paul Henderson before surviving a desperate push by the Soviets in the final two minutes of Game 7. At the end of the day, Canada was back in business with a 4-3 victory that evened the 1972 Summit Series.
The Canadian fans sang the Canadian national anthem. every player on the team would say they had a tremendous influence on the Canadian players and in the game.
First Period: 1, Canada, P. Esposito 4 (Ellis, Park), 4:09. 2, USSR, Yakushev 4 (Shadrin, Liapkin), 10:17. 3, USSR, Petrov 3 (Vikulov, Tsygankov), 16:27 (pp). 4, Canada, P. Esposito 5 (Parise, Savard), 17:34.
Second Period: No scoring.
Third Period: 5, Canada, Gilbert 1 (Ratelle, Hull), 2:13. 6, USSR, Yakushev 5 (Maltsev, Lutchenko), 5:15 (pp). 7, Canada, Henderson 6 (Savard), 17:54.
Shots on Goal: Canada 9-7-9–25. Soviet Union 6-13-12–31
Goalies: Canada, T. Esposito 2-1-1 (31 shots on goal, 28 saves). Soviet Union, Tretiak (25-21)