Nilsson and Chouinard Propel 2nd-Seeded ’79-’80 Flames Over ’74-’75 Flames in Six Games; Advance to Semis

The #2 seed, the ’79-’80 Atlanta Flames, seemed to be poised for a quick victory or even a sweep after taking the first two games of the series by a combined score of 10-2. Guy Chouinard and Kent Nilsson led the way offensively for the ’79-’80 Flames with each totaling four points in the first two games. Meanwhile, their goaltender Dan Bouchard stopped 59 out of 61 shots in Game’s 1 and 2. In Game 3, the ’74-’75 Atlanta Flames’ offense finally showed up by potting seven goals in a 7-5 win with Eric Vail and Tom Lysiak scoring two each. Then, in Game 4, after two scoreless periods, the ’79-’80 Flames got three goals from three different players to take a 3-1 series lead after a 3-1 win. The ’74-’75 Flames embarrassed the ’79-’80 Flames in the following game by taking Game 5 8-2. Gerry Meehan and Curt Bennett both potted two in the huge win. However, the series came to an end after the ’79-’80 Flames’ 5-2 win in Game 6 with Chouinard and Nilsson both notching a goal and two assists.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Flames 0 1 0 1
’79-’80 Flames 2 0 4 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 ATF – 6   ’74-’75 ATF – 1    (1-0 ’79-’80 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Guy Chouinard (’79-’80 ATF) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +4   3 S

2nd Star: LW – Eric Vail (’79-’80 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   10 S

3rd Star: D – Pekka Rautakallio (’79-’80 ATF) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +4   4 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Flames 0 1 0 1
’79-’80 Flames 2 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 ATF – 4   ’74-’75 ATF – 1    (2-0 ’79-’80 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Dan Bouchard (’79-’80 ATF) – W   1.00 GAA   .968 SV% (30 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Kent Nilsson (’79-’80 ATF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S

3rd Star: G – Dan Bouchard (’74-’75 ATF) – L   4.00 GAA   .909 SV% (40 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Flames 2 2 1 5
’74-’75 Flames 0 6 1 7

GAME SUMMARY: ’74-’75 ATF – 7   ’79-’80 ATF – 5    (2-1 ’79-’80 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Tom Lysiak (’74-’75 ATF) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +3   6 S

2nd Star: RW – Buster Harvey (’74-’75 ATF) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   2 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Eric Vail (’74-’75 ATF) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Flames 0 0 3 3
’74-’75 Flames 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 ATF – 3   ’74-’75 ATF – 1    (3-1 ’79-’80 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Dan Bouchard (’79-’80 ATF) – W   1.00 GAA   .977 SV% (43 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Dan Bouchard (’74-’75 ATF) – L   3.00 GAA   .927 SV% (38 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Kent Nilsson (’79-’80 ATF) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   5 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Flames 4 1 3 8
’79-’80 Flames 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’74-’75 ATF – 8   ’79-’80 ATF – 2    (3-2 ’79-’80 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Curt Bennett (’74-’75 ATF) – 2 G   3 A   5 P   +4   9 S

2nd Star: RW – Buster Harvey (’74-’75 ATF) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +4   7 S

3rd Star: C – Gerry Meehan (’74-’75 ATF) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   10 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Flames 2 2 1 5
’74-’75 Flames 2 0 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 ATF – 5   ’74-’75 ATF – 2    (4-2 ’79-’80 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Kent Nilsson (’79-’80 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   7 S

2nd Star: C – Guy Chouinard (’79-’80 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   3 S

3rd Star: RW – Bob MacMillan (’79-’80 ATF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

Up next is the 3-6 matchup between the reigning representatives, the ’78-’79 Flames, and the ’73-’74 Flames!

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