HAMILTON, Canada — Mario Lemieux scored his third goal off Wayne Gretzky's fifth assist at 10:07 of the second overtime period Sunday night to give Team Canada a 6-5 victory over the Soviet Union and force a decisive third game in the Canada Cup final.
Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Hamilton.
On a scramble in front of the Soviet goal, Gretzky swiped a rebound off the pads of goaltender Evgeny Belosheikin, and Lemieux knocked in the loose puck.
Canadian goaltender Grant Fuhr made 12 saves in the first overtime, 7 in the second and 45 overall. Belosheikin stopped 54 shots overall.
In the first overtime, Vladimir Krutov had two good scoring opportunities for the Soviets, and Gretzky had Canada's best chance.
The last three meetings between the teams in Canada Cup playoffs have been decided in overtime. Friday night at Montreal, the Soviets won, 6-5. In a semifinal match Sept. 13, 1984, Canada prevailed 3-2. This year's round-robin game between the teams ended in a 3-3 tie.