Soviets and Jets in Tokyo 2&3
- This again is a translation from the Mainichi Shimbun, date Dec.31, 1977.
Again, no summary accompaigned the article.
The Soviet's win with Top Players Out
Game Two of the Soviet-Canada Series
The 2nd game of the Soviet-Canada Series was played at the Kokuritsu
Olympic Pool's specifically designed rink with a 1 PM starting on the
afternoon of the 30th. The Soviets defeated Canada 4 to 2 for their
second win in a row. The third game of the series will be held on New
Year's Day at the same venue with the starting time at 7 PM.
Soviets 1-2-1 =4
Canada 0-1-1 =2
Even though the Soviets didn't dress their star forwards Boris Mikhailov
and Valeri Kharlamov, as well as replacing their world renown goalie
Vladislav Tretjak in the nets, they were still good enough to score a 4
to 2 victory.
The scoring opened up at 12 minutes of the first period when defenseman
Gennadi Tsygankov broke from the opposite side and scored a pretty goal
off a pass centered by Alexander Maltsev. The Canadians had some fine
individual rushes, but relying too much on individual
play lead to a simple one sided attack which he Soviets either broke up
or forced into a long shots. Using some very fine passing to
counterattack, the Soviets managed to pin the Canadians down in their
zone for most of the period.
Canada tied the score at 3 minutes of the 2nd Period when defenseman Lynn
Powis scored on a slap shot from the slot. But, 20 seconds after, the
Soviet's Boris Alexandrov sent a pass to Alexander Lobanov which the
young player one timed into the net. Then, at 8 minutes the same
combination combined for another score and the Soviets took a lead which
they never relinquished.
In comparison to the first game, the Canadians showed neither the speed
or the drive in this game. Their coach Larry Hillman explained, "After
this we will soon return home and resume our league games. These games
with the Soviets are only exhibitions our players just don't have their
usually drive in them." Although Hillman did make this explaination, it
does an injustice to the build up of the series as "Battle of the World's
Strongest". One can only hope that country which is known as the best of
the world in hockey will treat the New Year's Game as a "league game."
The Game played on New Year's day had a small article on the paper of the
3rd which said nothing about the game except that the Soviets won 5 to 1
in front of a crowd of about 5,000. The line score of the game was:
Soviets 0-4-1 =5
Canada 1-0-0 =1
I know that these aren't the greatest two articles but for the time being
it is all that I have access to. There are a few more newspapers on
microfilm that I will check the next time I get a chance to go to the
Prefectural Library. None of the local libraries have any microfilm at
all, so I have to make the trip there to research. If I ever can find any
microfilm of the English language newspapers over here I will copy
whatever I can find on the games.