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In late 1975 through early 1976, during the heart of the Cold War, Soviet hockey giants CSKA Moscow (aka the Red Army Team) toured North America to test their mettle against the NHL in four exhibition matches. Through their first three games, the Red Army club had gone unbeaten, thrashing the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, and tying the Montreal Canadiens. Their final match was their toughest of the tour. They played the two-time reigning Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers. In front of a packed Spectrum, the Broad Street Bullies routed the Russians 4-1. The game was highlighted by a mid first period temper tantrum by the Red Army team with the score tied 0-0. After a hard (but clean) check by the Flyers Ed Van Impe on CSKA/Soviet legend Valeri Kharlamov, the Red Army coach removed his players from the ice and withdrew to the locker room. After a 15-minute delay and Ed Snider’s threats of non-payment, the Russians finally retook the ice. Mere seconds after the game resumed, Flyers sniper Reggie Leach snuck one by CSKA Moscow’s Hall of Fame goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. Further goals by Rick MacLeish, Joe Watson, and Larry Goodenough sealed the victory for the Flyers.
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