The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens have been dominant all tournament and are now on the verge of being the champions of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. The opening period of Game 3 was completely uneventful until Gary Roberts received a 5-10-game for checking from behind at the 17:20 mark. The 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames have had trouble with discipline and Roberts is at the forefront. This ejection was Roberts’ fifth ejection of the tournament. So, just like in Game 2, the Flames are short a forward thanks to an ejection in the first period. However, the first period ended without a goal from either team and the Canadiens led in shots 11-8. Almost five minutes into the second period, the Flames potted the first goal of the game for the first time in the series. Doug Gilmour potted his 11th goal of the tournament to give Calgary a 1-0 lead, which would stand through the end of the second period. There were also coincidental roughing minors called on both Brad McCrimmon and Mario Tremblay in the second period.
The Flames carried much of the play in the second period and outshot Montreal 14-8. The Canadiens were able to tie it up at one thanks to a goal from Guy Lafleur, his 11th of the tournament. His goal came at the 7:51 mark of the third period. Late in the third period, the Flames would once again flirt with danger in terms of discipline. At the 16:11 mark of the period, McCrimmon was called for a four minute double-minor for high sticking and just 36 seconds later, his defensive partner, Dana Murzyn, was called for a cross-checking minor. This gave the Canadiens an incredible opportunity to take their first lead of the game, but the Flames successfully killed off the penalties and this game went to overtime. The Flames, once again, posted more shots than the Canadiens in the final period. However, the game started anew in overtime and it didn’t last long. Montreal’s Steve Shutt potted his 14th goal of the tournament at the 5:12 mark of overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-0 series lead and a 2-1 win in Game 3. In the five plus minutes of overtime, the Canadiens outshot the Flames 5-4.
|1st Period||2nd Period||3rd Period||Overtime||Total|
|#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens||0||0||1||1||2|
|#19 ‘88-’89 Flames||0||1||0||0||1|
GAME SUMMARY: MTL – 2 CGY – 1 (OT) (3-0 MTL)
- 4:44 – CGY Goal: D. Gilmour (11) assisted by J. Mullen (15)
- 7:51 – MTL Goal: G. Lafleur (11) assisted by S. Shutt (20), S. Savard (17)
- 5:12 – MTL Goal: S. Shutt (14) assisted by G. Lafleur (22)
|#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens||#19 ‘88-’89 Flames|
STARS OF THE GAME:
1st Star: Ken Dryden (MTL) – 38 saves on 39 shots
2nd Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL) – G, A, +2, 3 S
3rd Star: Steve Shutt (MTL) – G, A, +2, 2 S
So, the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens are on the verge of becoming the first Ultimate NHL Champion. The 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames have a daunting task on them now and will begin try to crawl back into this series on Friday night for Game 4!