’76-’77 Canadiens Barely Take Game 1 over ’73-’74 Bruins Despite Dominant Performance

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Yvan Cournoyer’s goal in the third period against the Bruins turned out to be the game-winner in Game 1. via canadiens.nhl.com

This game was dominated by the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, however, the 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins took advantage of their few scoring opportunities and got a very good performance from their goaltender. The Canadiens outshot the Bruins 19-6 in the first two periods and outshot them 32-13 in the game. Montreal had their lone power play opportunity of the game in the first period after Boston defenseman Carol Vadnais was called for elbowing, but were unable to capitalize. The Canadiens weren’t able to beat Bruins goalie Gilles Gilbert, who stopped 29 of 32 shots in the game, until early in the second period when winger Yvon Lambert broke the scoreless draw.

The Bruins only got two shots on goal in the second period and that was including a power play opportunity just after the halfway point of the game when Guy Lafleur was called for holding, which they did not take advantage of. However, the Bruins got on the board almost eight minutes into the third with a goal from Wayne Cashman. Later in the third, Montreal scored two goals in a span of 45 seconds from Jacques Lemaire and Yvan Cournoyer to take a 3-1 lead. The Bruins made it a one goal game in the final minutes of the game with a goal from Ken Hodge but were not able to pot another. With just ten seconds left on the scoreboard, things got a bit chippy with Bob Gainey and Terry O’Reilly both getting coincidental roughing minors.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#4 ‘73-’74 Bruins 0 0 2 2
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 0 1 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:   MTL – 3   BOS – 2   (1-0 MTL)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • 2:32  – MTL Goal: Y. Lambert (6) assisted by D. Risebrough (4), G. Lapointe (7)

 3rd Period:

  • 7:52  – BOS Goal: W. Cashman (8) assisted by P. Esposito (11), K. Hodge (11)
  • 12:30 – MTL Goal: J. Lemaire (7) assisted by G. Lafleur (12), S. Shutt (16)
  • 13:15 – MTL Goal: Y. Cournoyer (4) assisted by P. Mahovlich (10)
  • 17:26 – BOS Goal: K. Hodge (5) assisted by D. Smith (8)

 TEAM STATS:

#4 ‘73-’74 Bruins #1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens
2 Goals 3
13 SOG 32
0/1 PP 0/1
1/1 SH 1/1
0 PP% 0
100 PK% 100
30:02 TOP 29:58

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: Yvan Cournoyer (MTL)

2nd Star: Ken Hodge (BOS)

3rd Star: Wayne Cashman (BOS)

Game 2 will be Thursday night! Game 1 of the other semifinal between the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames and the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres takes place tomorrow night!

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