Nieuwendyk’s Three Point Effort Leads ’88-’89 Flames to 4-1 Win in Game 4; ’76-’77 Canadiens now lead 3-1

Joe Nieuwendyk has been one of the best players all tournament and has led the Flames since the start of the tournament.    via canada.com

Joe Nieuwendyk has been one of the best players all tournament and has led the Flames since the start of the tournament. via canada.com

The 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames are now on the board here in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Final. They got on the board first thanks to a goal from Doug Gilmour (12) and then potted another just about two and a half minutes later from Hakan Loob (23) to give themselves and 2-0 lead in the first period. The period ended with the Flames up 2-0 lead, but the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens outshot the Flames 19-10. Early in the second period, Canadiens defenseman Pierre Bouchard was called for high-sticking, but almost a minute and a half later Flames winger Gary Roberts was called for a cross-check, so Calgary’s PP was short-lived. 

Montreal had a short PP after Bouchard’s high-sticking minor ended and Steve Shutt potted his 15th goal of the tournament to put the Canadiens on the board. The second period was coming to a close, but very late in the frame, Calgary’s Joe Nieuwendyk scored his 22nd goal of the tournament to give Calgary a 3-1 lead. The Flames began to shut down their defensive zone as the third period came around. They allowed Montreal only five shots on goal in the final period. Calgary even added a PP goal from Joe Mullen almost halfway through the period to give themselves a 4-1 lead, which would be the final.

GAME 4:

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

GAME SUMMARY:   CGY – 4   MTL – 1   (3-1 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 5:13 – CGY Goal: D. Gilmour (12) assisted by G. Roberts (21), J. Nieuwendyk (16)
  • 7:41 – CGY Goal: H. Loob (23) assisted by A. MacInnis (28), R. Ramage (6)

2nd Period:

  • 4:34 – MTL PP-Goal: S. Shutt (15) assisted by G. Lafleur (23), J. Lemaire (15)
  • 18:31 – CGY Goal: J. Nieuwendyk (22) assisted by A. MacInnis (29), G. Roberts (22)

3rd Period:

  • 9:46 – CGY PP-Goal: J. Mullen (15) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (17)

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

 

#19 ‘88-’89 Flames

1

Goals

4

35

SOG

30

1/2

PP

2/3

2/3

SH

1/2

50

PP%

66

66

PK%

50

28:30

TOP

31:30

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: Joe Nieuwendyk (CGY) – G, 2 A, +2, 3 S

2nd Star: Mike Vernon (CGY) – 34 saves on 35 shots

3rd Star: Gary Roberts (CGY) – 2 A, +2, 3 S, 2 PIM

So, the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames finally get on the board in this series, but the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens are still just one win away from claiming the inaugural Ultimate NHL Championship. They lead the series 3-1 as we head to Game 5 in the old Montreal Forum.

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