Game 1 of Inaugural Ultimate NHL Final Goes to ’76-’77 Canadiens with 4-2 Win Over ’88-’89 Flames

Doug Jarvis would prove to be the unlikely hero for the top-seeded Canadiens in Game 1 of the Ultimate NHL Final.     via benefithockey.com

Doug Jarvis would prove to be the unlikely hero for the top-seeded Canadiens in Game 1 of the Ultimate NHL Final. via benefithockey.com

This is the matchup I was hoping for. The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens and the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames have arguably been the two best teams in the tournament and should be a good matchup. The first period of Game 1 ended with each team registering 10 shots on goal. However, the same could not be said about the scoreboard. After each team had a chance on the power play and failed, the Canadiens potted the first goal of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Final. Just over 13 minutes into the period, Steve Shutt scored his 12th goal of the tournament to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. However, 49 seconds later, Calgary’s Game 7 hero from the Semifinals, Hakan Loob, answered Shutt with his tournament-leading 22nd goal. Seven seconds after that Al MacInnis was called for interference, but, once again, the Canadiens could not capitalize. Then, in the final minutes of the period, Joe Nieuwendyk gave the Flames their first lead of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Final with his 21st goal of the tournament.

Montreal would get their third crack on the power play early in the second after Calgary defenseman Rob Ramage got called for cross-checking. They would score on this one thanks to Jacques Lemaire potting his ninth goal of the tournament to tie the game up at two. Less than four minutes later the Canadiens would retake their lead thanks to Doug Jarvis‘ sixth goal of the tournament. With just about five and a half minutes left in the second period, Pierre Bouchard potted just his second goal of the tournament to bring Montreal’s lead to 4-2. Calgary would have a great chance to cut the lead down to one just over a minute left in the second period. Winger Gary Roberts would have a penalty shot attempt on Montreal goaltender Ken Dryden, but the Canadiens keeper shut the door and ultimately shut down the Flames the rest of the way to seal the 4-2 win in Game 1. The Canadiens outshot the Flames 26-10 after the first period to gain an overall shot advantage of 36-20 in Game 1.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘88-’89 Flames 2 0 0 2
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 1 3 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:   MTL – 4   CGY – 2   (1-0 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 13:05 – MTL Goal: S. Shutt (12) assisted by G. Lafleur (18), S. Savard (15)
  • 13:54 – CGY Goal: H. Loob (22) assisted by A. MacInnis (26)
  • 16:32 – CGY Goal: J. Nieuwendyk (21) assisted by D. Gilmour (24), D. Murzyn (10)

2nd Period:

  • 2:40 – MTL PP-Goal: J. Lemaire (9) assisted by L. Robinson (16), G. Lafleur (19)
  • 6:59 – MTL Goal: D. Jarvis (6) assisted by R. Houle (2), G. Lapointe (8)
  • 14:24 – MTL Goal: P. Bouchard (2) assisted by G. Lapointe (9), D. Jarvis (6)
  • 18:52 – CGY PS: G. Roberts stopped by K. Dryden

3rd Period:

TEAM STATS:

#19 ‘88-’89 Flames

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

2

Goals

4

20

SOG

38

0/2

PP

1/5

4/5

SH

2/2

0

PP%

20

80

PK%

100

28:35

TOP

31:25

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: Doug Jarvis (MTL) – G, A, +1, 3 S

2nd Star: Guy Lapointe (MTL) – 2 A, +2, 2 S

3rd Star: Pierre Bouchard (MTL) – G, +2, 3 S

So the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens open up a 1-0 lead over the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames. Game 2 is tomorrow night!

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