’76-’77 MONTREAL CANADIENS ARE THE INAUGURAL ULTIMATE NHL CHAMPIONS; DEFEAT ’88-’89 CALGARY FLAMES IN FIVE GAMES

The '76-'77 Montreal Canadiens are the inaugural Ultimate NHL Champions, beating the '88-'89 Calgary Flames in five games.   via hookedonhockeymagazine.com

The ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens are the inaugural Ultimate NHL Champions, beating the ’88-’89 Calgary Flames in five games. via hookedonhockeymagazine.com

Well, Game 5 was over very quickly. The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens were dominant from the beginning of this game. They potted three goals in the first period from three different players. Rejean Houle got the first one almost halfway through the first period. Steve Shutt added the second goal at the 13:17 mark with his 21st goal of the tournament. Lastly, Doug Risebrough scored his seventh goal of the tournament with just under five minutes left in the opening period. The Canadians doubled up the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames in shots in the first period, 14-7. Houle scored his second goal of the game and fourth of the tournament a minute and a half into the second period to give Montreal a 4-0 lead.

At the 14:18 mark of the second period, Shutt scored his second goal of the game to give the Canadiens a 5-0 lead and Calgary pulled goaltender Mike Vernon and replaced him with Rick Wamsley. Montreal defenseman Larry Robinson scored a PP goal late in the second period for his sixth of the tournament and also made it 6-0 Canadiens. At the end of the second period, Montreal was outshooting Calgary 31-11. Doug Jarvis scored his fourth goal of the tournament at the 9:10 mark of the third period to give the Canadiens a 7-0 lead and just over two minutes later, Doug Gilmour finally got the Flames on the board with his 13th of the tournament. Gilmour’s would be the official last goal of the tournament as the Canadiens took Game 5 to win the inaugural Ultimate NHL Final over the Flames in five games.

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘88-’89 Flames 0 0 1 1
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 3 3 1 7

GAME SUMMARY:   MTL – 7   CGY – 1   (4-1 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 9:35 – MTL Goal: R. Houle (3) assisted by S. Savard (18), B. Gainey (5)
  • 13:17 – MTL Goal: S. Shutt (21) assisted by L. Robinson (19), J. Lemaire (16)
  • 15:47 – MTL Goal: D. Risebrough (7) assisted by Y. Lambert (2)

2nd Period:

  • 1:28 – MTL Goal: R. Houle (4) assisted by L. Robinson (20), D. Jarvis (7)
  • 14:18 – MTL Goal: S. Shutt (22) assisted by G. Lafleur (24)
  • 17:31 – MTL PP-Goal: L. Robinson (6) assisted by G. Lafleur (25)

3rd Period:

  • 9:10 – MTL Goal: D. Jarvis (4) assisted by L. Robinson (21)
  • 11:28 – CGY Goal: D. Gilmour (13) assisted by G. Roberts (23), J. Nieuwendyk (18)

TEAM STATS:

#19 ‘88-’89 Flames

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

1

Goals

7

20

SOG

41

0/2

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

2/2

0

PP%

50

50

PK%

100

28:03

TOP

31:57

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: Larry Robinson (MTL) – G, 3 A, +4, 6 S, 2 PIM

2nd Star: Rejean Houle (MTL) – 2 G, +2, 4 S

3rd Star: Steve Shutt (MTL) – 2 G, +2, 7 S

That concludes the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff as the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens defeat the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames in five games to clinch the first Ultimate NHL Championship.

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