Moscow Dynamo 7, Maple Leafs 4
TORONTO (AP) _ Goals by Oleg Znrok and Nikolai Varjanov on Toronto turnovers broke a third-period tie and lifted Moscow Dynamo to a 7-4 exhibition victory over the Maple Leafs on Sunday night.
Only 6,187 of 16,382 available tickets were sold and three-quarters of the private boxes in Maple Leaf Gardens were empty for the first-ever game between a Soviet club and Toronto’s NHL entry. Leaf owner Harold Ballard, an adamant foe of contests against the Soviets but who was obligated under NHL bylaws to schedule the game, did not attend.
Also scoring for Dynamo, which beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 Friday, were Anatoli Antipov, Sergei Yashin, Andrei Lomakin, Alexander Semak and Sergei Petrenko.
Scott Pearson, Tom Fergus, Ed Olczyk and Al Iafrate scored for Toronto.
Znrok put Dynamo ahead 5-4 at 3:51 of the third period. Dan Marois lost control of the puck trying to stickhandle out of his zone and Znrok fired a 20-foot wrist shot past goaltender Mark Laforest.
Varjanov made it 6-4 at 6:45. Fergus passed across the middle of his zone - right to the Dynamo forward. Varjanov, with nobody between him and Laforest, coolly drilled a wrist shot between the goalie’s legs.
Petrenko padded the lead at 7:35. He passed to Anatoli Semenov, skated unchecked to the crease and tapped a return pass into the open side of the net.
Iafrate had tied it 4-4 at 1:31 of the third, dumping a pass to Fergus at the blue line and streaking past two defensemen to poke a return pass behind sprawling goaltender Andrei Karpin.
The Leafs took a 2-0 lead on their first two shots. Rookie Scott Pearson took a pass from Fergus on a 2-on-1 break and slid in a shot at 1:38 of the first period. On a power play four minutes later, Fergus stickhandled past defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov at the Dynamo blue line and lifted a high wrist shot under the crossbar from the left wing faceoff circle.