The Cold War was in full swing as the Soviet's sent their best teams to North America to take on a few NHL squads in what was called The Super Series.
On New Year's Eve 1975, the Montreal Canadiens played host to Moscow Central Red Army in what is remembered as one of the most exciting games in the history of hockey, at least according to the historical website of the Montreal Canadiens.
Moscow had arrived in North America a few days before and had already shown the hockey world it was for real, as the team skated to a 7-3 victory over the New York Rangers on December 28.
The Habs were one of the best teams in the NHL at the time. The team featured Guy Lafleur, Bob Gainey and Ken Dryden, and they would go on to win the 1976 Stanley Cup.
The Soviet squad was made up of Valeri Kharlamov and Boris Mikhailov up front, while goaltending legend Vladislav Tretiak was between the pipes.
Montreal came out flying. Goals by Steve Shutt and Yvon Lambert gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. The Soviets would bounce back as Mikhailov scored on the Soviet's first shot of the second period to cut the lead to one.
Yvan Cournoyer would later restore the Canadiens' lead to two on the power play, but the Red Army responded again with a late-period goal by Kharlamov.
Tretiak held the fort for the Soviets early in the third, making save after save before 20-year-old Boris Alexandrov tied it at three.
The Canadiens continued to pepper Tretiak but could not net a fourth. Dryden got help from his crossbar late to help conserve the tie.
The Habs perhaps deserved a better fate, but this was nonetheless a special night.
Montreal would use this game as a stepping stone to becoming one of the great hockey dynasties, as the club would capture the Stanley Cup four straight times from 1976-1979.