The 1996 World Cup of hockey came down to the USA versus Canada. In the best-of-three final, Canada won the first game and the USA won the second game. Game 3, which took place on September 14, 1996 in Montreal, was played on NHL Network today. I never saw it when it happened live. Watching it was a treat. So was GIFing it.

Brett Hull opened the scoring with his 6th of the tournament and a power play goal in the first period. 

Keith Tkachuk was ejected from the game in the second period after this exchange with Adam Foote:

With six seconds left in the second period, Eric Lindros scored his third goal of the tournament to tie the game 1-1. It was a 4-on-3 power play goal for Canada.

Curtis Joseph was excellent in net for Canada, but Mike Richter was better in net for USA. Here is one of his many excellent saves, this one on a breakaway by Vincent Damphousse:

Adam Foote gave Canada the go-ahead goal late in the third period.

Foote was named to the team after Ray Bourque declined, according to the broadcast play-by-play guy...Doc Emrick. 

The USA scored four goals in the final 3:18 of the game to win 5-2. The first of these goals was scored by Brett Hull with a deflection on a shot from the point by Brian Leetch. It was briefly reviewed as a high stick, but counted.


Tony Amonte scored the go-ahead goal with his second of the tournament with 2:35 left in the game, and 43 second after Hull had tied it. It was also briefly reviewed to make sure it wasn't kicked in.

The fourth goal was on an empty net. Wayne Gretzky had missed a chance moments earlier, and the USA swatted it down the ice to the empty net, as Curtis Joseph had gone to the bench for the extra-attacker.

Adam Deadmarsh solidified the win with a goal on Joseph with 17 seconds left.

Richter was deservedly named the tournament MVP. 

Now let's bring the World Cup of hockey back. ASAP!