Johnson scored his first goal in the "Miracle on Ice" with one second remaining in the first period, tying the game 2-2. The Soviet Union's angry coach was forced to withdraw his team's outstanding goaltender, Vladislav Tretiak. He was replaced by backup Viktor Konovalenko.
Tretiak had been giving the impression that he might want to leave Olympic hockey after the tournament, but he stayed in his role as backup for the remainder of the series. In fact, he played another half-hour after Johnson's goal before being substituted out for an empty net by reserve goalie Alexei Yeryev.
When Tretiak returned for a third period, the Soviets were already defeated by Johnson and company. They never recovered from this surprise attack and were eliminated in six games. This victory is also famous because it was the first time that an all-American team won a medal at a Winter Olympics.
After the game, American players appeared on television talk shows to celebrate their victory. One player quoted during these interviews said that they would not be surprised if America won more than one medal in the next Olympics. Indeed, they did win gold medals at both the 1976 Montreal Games and 1980 Moscow Games, making them the only country to have done so.
In addition to its two gold medals, America also finished with the best overall record (4-1-0).
The United States notoriously scored a cheap goal with one second remaining in the first period when the renowned Vladislav Tretiak let up a bad rebound and US center Mark Johnson banged home the puck. This score did more than simply tie the game at 2-2. It so incensed Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov that he immediately removed Tretiak from the game. Johnson had an excellent tournament but this goal will always be remembered for its role in causing such turmoil in the Soviet camp.
There are two ways to score a goal in ice hockey: directly from a point shot or from a rebound. If the ball is shot straight away, it is called a "hotshot". If it is shot after being made into a pass, it is called a "slapshot". The goal scorer gets credit for both goals if they come within seconds of each other. If not, then only one goal can be credited to him/her. In addition, any player can be awarded a goal if they touch the puck before it goes into the net. This is called a "power play goal" and it gives your team a numerical advantage because there are two players instead of one on the ice when you shoot.
In order for a player to be awarded a goal, they must be involved in the play without the opposition scoring first. For example, if a player passes the puck to another player who scores a goal, then that player gets credit for assisting on the goal.
Jean-Baptiste Beliveau The first goal at the reconstructed Forum was scored by Jean Beliveau in a 2-1 win against Detroit on November 2, 1968, and the final one was scored by Russian Andrei Kovalenko in a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on March 11, 1996.
Beliveau's goal came just 3:38 into the game and it was the only one he scored that season as the Canadiens finished last place with 49 points. The Habs would go on to lose their first round playoff series to the Boston Bruins 4-3.
The first star of the night went to Henri Richard who had a goal and an assist in his return from cancer surgery. The other star was Doug Harvey who had a goal and four assists.
In January 2009, the NHL announced that they had approved the sale of the Montreal Canadiens to American businessman Jeff Vinik for $220 million. The deal was signed on April 15, 2009 and became effective on June 30, 2009.
In July 2009, it was reported that former Montreal Canadien Pierre Larouche had been killed in a car crash in Canada. Larouche was a candidate in the 2011 Quebec provincial election under the banner "L'Alliance pour l'avancement de la région Montréal-Est". He ran as an independent candidate.
The US met the Soviets in the opening game of the medal round. After leaving the first period knotted at 2-2 and the Soviets led 3-2 after the second, the US side scored two more goals in the third and final session to grab their first lead, winning the game 4-3. The Soviet team had been undefeated up to that point.
The game was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 8, 1980. American coach Jim Johnstone used three lines in his attack against the Soviet defense: a fast one made up of Mike Eaves, Doug Jarvis and Don Marcotte; an intermediate group featuring Dale McCourt, Greg Millen and Kevin Dineen; and a fourth line consisting of Dave Christian, Rick Langford and Bob Rouse.
Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov used an identical setup. However, he replaced Eaves with Alexei Kasatonov and inserted Vladimir Myshkin into the lineup instead of Doug Jarvis. This was because Eaves had suffered a knee injury during practice sessions prior to the start of the tournament.
In front of a sellout crowd, the Americans took the early lead when Kevin Dineen scored just 1:49 into the game. But then the Soviets tied it up just past the midpoint of the first period, when Mikhail Shtalek scored a power play goal.
Martin Brodeur is the only goalie to score against another goalie, scoring against Dan Ellis on his third career goal, despite the fact that Ellis was on his way to the bench for an extra attacker on a delayed penalty call and did not return to the net in time to prevent the puck from entering the goal. The shot that hit Brodeur's leg pad went in off the skate of New York Islanders forward Matt Martin.
Brodeur was awarded a penalty shot by the New Jersey Devils coaches after making 26 saves during a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on March 4, 2007. Previously, the last NHL goalie to score on another goalie was Jean Beliveau, who scored on Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins with 7:19 left in Game 6 of the 1968 Stanley Cup Finals.
Cheevers had stopped 39 shots before giving way to Johnny Bucyk. Beliveau took advantage of his opportunity, beating Cheevers with a backhander through the five-hole.
There have been several attempts at scoring on Gretzky while he's been playing defense, most notably by Mike Gartner of the Washington Capitals and Craig Hartsburg of the Calgary Flames. Both players were able to get shots on net, but neither could get one past Gretzky while he was playing defense.
Gretzky is considered by many to be the best defensive player of all time.