#1 Seed, ’76-’77 Canadiens, Handle ’03-’04 Lightning to Advance to Quarterfinal

Hall of Famers Larry Robinson (left) and Guy Lafleur (right) are just two of the many legends on the '76-'77 Montreal Canadiens.    via cbssports.com

Hall of Famers Larry Robinson (left) and Guy Lafleur (right) are just two of the many legends on the ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens. via cbssports.com

As the #1 overall seed, the ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens are expected to dominate a lot of teams and they did so in this four game sweep of the 16th-seeded ’03-’04 Tampa Bay Lightning. However, things could have been a little tougher for Montreal had Tampa Bay scored the double overtime game-winner in Game 2. With the amount of talent on the Canadiens roster, it is tough to pick out only one or two players who really stand out. Winger Yvon Lambert led Les Habitants in goals in the series with four and winger Guy Lafleur and defenseman Larry Robinson led them in assists with four. Robinson, along with winger Steve Shutt and defenseman Serge Savard all co-led the team in points with five. Savard also led Montreal in plus/minus at an impressive +9 in four games. Goaltender Ken Dryden continued to have an outstanding tournament by allowing just five goals in the four game sweep, good for a 1.25 goals against average with a .941 save percentage. Dryden put up a 19-save shutout performance in the Canadiens’ series clinching 2-0 win in Game 4.

In the 2nd Round, Tampa found themselves down 3-0 and found themselves in a similar spot here in the 3rd Round. However, they did not have any chance at coming back in this series. As I said earlier, they only scored five goals in this series and all five were scored by different players, including winger Fredrik Modin, who finishes the tournament as the team leader in goals with five. Defenseman Pavel Kubina was the only player for the Lightning to post more than one assist, he posted an assist in Game’s 1 and 3. A few different players co-led Tampa in points with two, including longtime Lightning Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. Despite scoring just five goals in the series, Tampa did have multiple players finish above even in plus/minus, including bottom six forwards Shane Willies and Martin Cibak. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was average in this series after playing very well in the first two rounds. He posted a 3.75 goals against average to go with a .907 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. MTL – D – Serge Savard – 2 G   3 A   5 P   +9   16 S   4 Star Points
  2. MTL – LW – Steve Shutt – 3 G   2 A   5 P   +2   17 S   3 Star Points
  3. MTL – G – Ken Dryden – 4-0-0   1.25 GAA   .941 SV%   1 SO   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#16 ‘03-’04 Lightning 1 1 0 2
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 1 4 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:   MTL – 6   TBL – 2   (1-0 MTL)

1st Period:

  • TBL Goal: V. Lecavalier (2) assisted by R. Fedotenko (3), P. Kubina (4)
  • MTL Goal: Y. Lambert (2) assisted by M. Tremblay (1), P. Bouchard (3)

2nd Period:

  • MTL Goal: R. Houle (2) assisted by S. Savard (4)
  • TBL Goal: F. Modin (5) assisted by V. Lecavalier (5), C. Sarich (1)
  • MTL Goal: S. Savard (4) assisted by L. Robinson (4), B. Gainey (1)
  • MTL PP-Goal: S. Shutt (5) assisted by G. Lafleur (4)
  • MTL Goal: D. Risebrough (3) assisted by L. Robinson (5), S. Savard (5)

3rd Period:

  • MTL Goal: D. Jarvis (1) assisted by B. Gainey (2)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#16 ‘03-’04 Lightning 2 0 0 0 2
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 0 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:   MTL – 3   TBL – 2 (2OT)   (2-0 MTL)

1st Period:

  • TBL Goal: D. Boyle (1) assisted by F. Modin (2)
  • TBL Goal: M. St. Louis (3) assisted by B. Richards (3)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • MTL Goal: L. Robinson (1) assisted by S. Savard (6), Y. Cournoyer (1)
  • MTL SH-Goal: Y. Cournoyer (2) assisted by G. Lapointe (5), P. Mahovlich (3)

2nd Overtime:

  • MTL Goal: S. Savard (5) assisted by Y. Cournoyer (2), P. Mahovlich (4)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 3 2 0 5
#16 ‘03-’04 Lightning 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:   MTL – 5   TBL – 1   (3-0 MTL)

1st Period:

  • MTL Goal: Y. Lambert (3) assisted by D. Risebrough (3), M. Tremblay (2)
  • MTL Goal: S. Shutt (6) assisted by L. Robinson (6)
  • MTL Goal: J. Lemaire (3) assisted by S. Shutt (9), G. Lafleur (5)

2nd Period:

  • MTL Goal: Y. Lambert (4) assisted by M. Tremblay (3), G. Lapointe (6)
  • MTL Goal: Y. Lambert (5) assisted by L. Robinson (7)

3rd Period:

  • TBL Goal: C. Stillman (2) assisted by P. Kubina (5), M. St. Louis (6)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 1 1 0 2
#16 ‘03-’04 Lightning 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:   MTL – 2   TBL – 0   (4-0 MTL)

1st Period:

  • MTL Goal: J. Lemaire (4) assisted by G. Lafleur (6), S. Shutt (10)

2nd Period:

  • MTL Goal: S. Shutt (7) assisted by G. Lafleur (7), J. Lemaire (7)

3rd Period:

Now, the #1-seed, the ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens will move on to the Quarterfinals and they will face the winner of the ‘Battle of New York,’ as the 8th-seeded ’78-’79 New York Islanders and the 9th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers matchup.

Up next in the 3rd Round is a matchup between the tournament’s Cinderella, the 39th-seeded ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames, and the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres.

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