The situation: The final game at the 1982 World Championships featured the Soviet Union against Czechoslovakia. The medals were determined by most points in the tournament. The standings prior to this game were: U.S.S.R. 9-0-0 18 pts Canada 5-3-2 12 pts Czech. 5-3-1 11 pts The Russians had the gold medal clinched. The Czechs would win the tie-breaker for the silver if they were tied with Canada. So basically, if the Russians win, Canada gets the silver; if they tie or lose then Canada gets the bronze. The result: A 0-0 tie. But the controversy was over how the game was played. It was described in Canadian papers the next day as the Russians not trying to win. Countless dump-ins, icings, offsides and a very low shot total. Darryl Sittler said after watching the game that the tournament had lost most of it`s lustre after that display. The question: Was the fix in? Mike Gartner claimed that years later one of the players told him it was. Has anyone here seen the game and was it as bad as described? Did the game receive the negative press in Europe that it did in Canada? Did the IIHF ever attempt to investigate the matter, or did they turn a blind eye towards it? And most importantly: if the Russians did do it, why?