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staggmovie asked in SportsHockey · 4 months ago

When do you think was the turning point in the Miracle on Ice game and why?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on ice hockey game, between the United States and the Soviet Union. In which the United States would go on to upset the Soviet team 4-3 when they took the lead in the last 10 minutes of the game, where you go back a few weeks before hand, they dominated the USA team at Madison Square Garden 10-3. But when do you think was the turning point for the USA hockey team, that were young players, all pretty much fresh from college, where the Soviet Union were more of a seasoned team, with many playing with each other for 10-15 years, and were expect in the medal run of the 13th Winter Olympics games, but also expected to win and get the gold medal, while the USA team was not even expected to be in the medal round. 

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  • 4 months ago
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    The goal by Mark Johnson in the last seconds of the 1st period is what I would say was the turning point.  Tretiak gave up a big rebound on a slapshot and Johnson was able to pick it up, split the Soviet defense and score.  Tretiak was pulled after that goal, which tied the game at 2.  

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  • 4 months ago

    Viktor Tikhonov himself claimed that his decision to pull Tretiak, after the tying goal late in the first period, was the turning point, and said it was the worst decision he ever made.

    Years later, Mark Johnson, who scored that tying goal and the goal that tied it at 3 in the 3rd period, now a teammate of Slava Fetisov with the New Jersey Devils, asked Fetisov about that decision.

    Fetisov reportedly told him, "Coach crazy."

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    I agree with Mindcrime as it pertains to the late first period goal by Johnson,

    because if the Russians are winning after 20 minutes Tretiak, often seen as

    the world's best goalie in 1980, doesn't get pulled & they keep pouring it on,

    and the game is out of reach for the hosts. A late-period goal often changes 

    momentum for both teams & quite obviously not one bit different in this case.

    Another factor was their confidence and MENTALITY, they'd been struggling 

    against the Soviets, but had been playing a solid tournament up to that point. 

    Why not keep it going? Craig had almost 40 saves which gave them a chance. 

    Source(s): Many years of playing, watching and coaching hockey.
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