Phil Esposito scored 30 seconds in with Paul Henderson giving them a 2-0 lead only six minutes later. But then the tide turned, the red tide. The Soviets regrouped and started to play their calculated attacking style of cycling the puck until a perfect scoring chance opened up. They new they were better conditioned for a game of attrition and used that against the Canadian team that had only been playing together for about a month. It was 2-2 at the end of the first period and the Soviets kept coming, scoring two more in the second, and scored three more, winning 7-3.
According to Paul Henderson, "They told us the Russians were an average team with a Junior B Goalie. We Took a 2-0 Lead in Game 1, but they came back and beat us 7-3. Even though we won the series, we learned how good Soviet hockey was, and how good of a goalie Vladislav Tretiak was."