The goal diagrammed here, the one that still defines the heart and determination of Canadian hockey players and, the rest of us secretly believe, all Canadians when the chips are down.
The result of a feeling (Paul Henderson, on a scoring streak like no other, called Pete Mahovlich off the ice and jumped on), sloppiness (the Soviets uncharacteristically failed to clear a loose puck), doggedness (Yvon Cournoyer, Phil Esposito and, of course, Henderson, kept going toward the net as time ran out because they knew the Soviets were going to claim victory on goal difference if the game ended in a tie) and luck (a fat second rebound went right to Henderson).
It was all captured by the scratchy voice of play-by-play legend Foster Hewitt, whose call is part of the soundtrack of Canada: "Here's a shot. Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell. Here's another shot, right in front, they score! Henderson has scored for Canada! Henderson, right in front of the net. And the players and the team are going wild. Henderson, right in front, has scored a goal with 34 seconds left in the game."
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