Four PP Goals Propel ’76-’77 Canadiens to 4-2 Win in Game 2; Open Up 2-0 Series Lead Over ’88-’89 Flames

Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Lemaire brought both toughness and a scoring touch to Game 2 of the Ultimate NHL Final.    via legendsofhockey.net

Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Lemaire brought both toughness and a scoring touch to Game 2 of the Ultimate NHL Final. via legendsofhockey.net

The 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames dug themselves a hole early in Game 2. Defenseman Brian MacLellan and winger Gary Roberts were both called for roughing just four seconds apart early in the opening frame. The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens would take advantage of the 5-on-3 power play with defenseman Guy Lapointe scoring only his fourth goal of the tournament. The rough stuff continued just nine seconds later when MacLellan, this time, would get a 5-10-and a game for kneeing. So, just five and a half minutes into Game 2, the Flames are down 1-0 and are short a forward. However, that wouldn’t be the end of the rough stuff. Just past the seven minute mark of the period, Rob Ramage and Jacques Lemaire dropped the gloves. Shortly after that, Canadiens center Doug Risebrough got called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The first period ended with the Canadiens leading in shots 12-8 and up 1-0. The Flames finally got on the board near the halfway point of the second period thanks to Joe Mullen‘s 13th goal of the tournament. With two and a half minutes left in the second period, Flames defenseman Gary Suter was handed a four minute double-minor for high sticking, which would ultimately change the game dramatically. 45 seconds into the PP, Yvan Cournoyer potted just his sixth goal of the tournament to give the Canadiens a 2-1. Then, with the second part of the double minor still being killed off, Steve Shutt scored his 20th goal of the tournament to give Montreal a 3-1 lead in the final minute of the period. Much like the second period, the Flames got a goal nearly halfway through the period and once again it was courtesy of Mullen. But, a boarding penalty on Doug Gilmour later in the third and the Canadiens took advantage yet again. Lemaire scored his 10th goal of the tournament and gave Montreal a 4-2 lead, which they were able to hold onto for the final.

GAME 2:

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

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

1st Period:

  • 5:18 MTL – PP(2)-Goal: G. Lapointe (4) assisted by J. Lemaire (14), L. Robinson (17)

 2nd Period:

  • 8:49 – CGY Goal: J. Mullen (13) assisted by D. Murzyn (11), D. Gilmour (25)
  • 18:15 – MTL PP-Goal: Y. Cournoyer (6) assisted by S. Savard (16)
  • 19:08 – MTL PP-Goal: S. Shutt (20) assisted by G. Lafleur (20) 

3rd Period:

  • 8:37 – CGY Goal: J. Mullen (14) assisted by A. MacInnis (27), D. Gilmour (26)
  • 12:46 – MTL PP-Goal: J. Lemaire (10) assisted by G. Lafleur (21), L. Robinson (18)

TEAM STATS:

#19 ‘88-’89 Flames #1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens
2 Goals 4
32 SOG 37
0/2 PP 4/3
0/3 SH 2/2
0 PP% 133
0 PK% 100
29:29 TOP 30:31

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: Jacques Lemaire (MTL) – G, A, -1, 4 S, 5 PIM

2nd Star: Joe Mullen (CGY) – 2 G, +2, 5 S

3rd Star: Doug Gilmour (CGY) – 2 A, +2, 5 S, 2 PIM

The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens now have a 2-0 series lead in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Final. The series now shifts to the Saddledome where the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames will look to send the series back to the Forum tied 2-2. Game 3 is tomorrow night!

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