NEWARK, N.J. – The greatest example of a relentless attack in hockey history was turned in by Mark Johnson in the closing seconds of the second period during the “Miracle” game between the U.S. and the Russians in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Unless you’ve lived under a Zamboni you’re entire life, you remember Johnson’s goal. The Russians had a 2-1 lead with less than 10 seconds remaining. The Americans dumped the puck into the offensive zone to run out the clock, but Johnson never stopped skating, grabbed a rebound and drove the puck in to tie the game at 2-2 as the buzzer sounded.
We all know how that game ended.
With the 2018 Winter Games underway in PyeongChang, Johnson’s goal quickly came to mind while watching the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils Sunday night at Prudential Center. Sure, Tim Schaller’s shorthanded goal with 3.8 seconds remaining in the first period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead doesn’t compare to Johnson’s Olympic heroics, but it’s another example why you should never stop skating no matter what, even in the NHL.