As lightning-fast a piece of fakery if not as skillful a piece of stickwork as can be found.
Receiving the feed from center VIKTOR POLUPANOV (17) on the forehand to the left of the Canadian goal, the right-handed shooting ANATOLI FIRSOV (11) and his backhand-to-forehand trick completely befuddles Maple Leafed goaltender KEN BRODERICK.
With Broderick literally frozen stiff, the Soviet legend returns to the backhand in the blink of an eye and buries the puck in the back of the net for the game’s final goal as the USSR blank Canada 5-0 on the final day of the ice hockey competition at the 1968 Winter Olympics :
Both Canada and the Soviet Union had come into the very last match of the ’68 Grenoble Games sporting records of five wins and one loss for ten points. Czechoslovakia, perhaps emotionally exhausted following their 5-4 upset of the USSR in their last match, could only draw 2-2 with Sweden in their end game and, thus, finished with 11 points (5 W, 1 L, 1 T). This development turned the Canada – Soviet Union finale into the de facto Gold Medal Game.
Firsov, who ended up the on top with 12 goals at Grenoble and earned both a media All-Star selection as well as the award for Best Forward given by the International Ice Hockey Federation Directorate, wasted little time stamping his authority on the match with Canada.
After Soviet winger VLADIMIR VIKULOV (12), who led all players at the Grenoble Games with 10 assists, busts a move at the Canadian blueline and storms down the right to center the puck, it is Firsov who appears in the slot to one-time the puck past the hapless Broderick with a snap-shot :
EVGENY MISHAKOV, VYACHESLAV STARSHINOV and EVGENY ZIMIN accounted for the other Soviet scores in between Firsov’s book-end goals against Canada at Grenoble, for the record.