4th-Seeded ’86-’87 Nordiques Surprisingly Defeat ’94-’95 Nordiques in Five Games

The 5th-seeded ’94-’95 Quebec Nordiques, despite losing out in five games, appeared to be the better side in terms of puck possession and scoring opportunities. They outshot the 4th-seeded ’86-’87 Quebec Nordiques in all five games. The ’86-’87 Nordiques opened the series with a 6-4 win in Game 1 thanks to 47 saves by Clint Malarchuk and three poitns from Michel Goulet. In Game 2, the two teams combined for six goals in the opening period and Goulet recorded a hat trick in the first period alone. The ’94-’95 Nordiques trailed 5-2 going into the third period. After goals from Owen Nolan and Sylvain Lefebvre, they came back to within one with 10+ minutes to go, but they could never equalize.

The ’86-’87 Nordiques were outshot 40-29 in Game 3, but thanks to a power play goal from Brent Ashton and an even strength goal from Peter Stastny gave them a 4-2 win. In Game 4, the ’94-’95 Nordiques finished with 70 shots on goal and the ’86-’87 Nordiques finished with 40 shots on goal. It was the ’94-’95 Nordiques’ first win in the series, avoiding the sweep, thanks to an overtime winner from Nolan with three plus minutes left in the overtime period. Malarchuk’s 67 saves were a series high in Game 4. It was Nolan’s second goal and third point of the game and Joe Sakic also posted three points in the game. Game 5 turned out to be the series-deciding game as the ’86-’87 Nordiques won 5-3. Goulet put up another three point performance and Peter Stastny potted two goals.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’94-’95 Nordiques 0 1 3 4
’86-’87 Nordiques 1 3 2 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’86-’87 QUE – 6   ’94-’95 QUE – 4   (1-0 ’86-’87 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Michel Goulet (’86-’87 QUE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   10 S

2nd Star: G – Clint Malarchuk (’86-’87 QUE) – W   4.00 GAA   .922 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – John Ogrodnick (’86-’87 QUE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’94-’95 Nordiques 2 0 2 4
’86-’87 Nordiques 4 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’86-’87 QUE – 5   ’94-’95 QUE – 4   (2-0 ’86-’87 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Michel Goulet (’86-’87 QUE) – 3 G   2 A   5 P   +4   8 S

2nd Star: RW – Lane Lambert (’86-’87 QUE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   1 S

3rd Star: RW – Owen Nolan (’94-’95 QUE) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   9 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’86-’87 Nordiques 1 1 2 4
’94-’95 Nordiques 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’86-’87 QUE – 4   ’94-’95 QUE – 2   (3-0 ’86-’87 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Michel Goulet (’86-’87 QUE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   Even   9 S

2nd Star: C – Peter Stastny (’86-’87 QUE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   5 S

3rd Star: G – Clint Malarchuk (’86-’87 QUE) – W   2.00 GAA   .950 SV% (38 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’86-’87 Nordiques 1 1 0 0 2
’94-’95 Nordiques 2 0 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’94-’95 QUE – 3   ’86-’87 QUE – 2 (OT)   (3-1 ’86-’87 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Owen Nolan (’94-’95 QUE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   10 S

2nd Star: G – Clint Malarchuk (’86-’87 QUE) – L   3.00 GAA   .957 SV% (67 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Joe Sakic (’94-’95 QUE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   11 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’94-’95 Nordiques 1 0 2 3
’86-’87 Nordiques 2 2 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’86-’87 QUE – 5   ’94-’95 QUE – 3   (4-1 ’86-’87 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Michel Goulet (’86-’87 QUE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: C – Peter Stastny (’86-’87 QUE) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   5 S

3rd Star: LW – Brent Ashton (’86-’87 QUE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   3 S

1st Round of the 2015 Quebec Nordiques Qualifying Tournament is half way over. Up next, tomorrow is the 2-7 matchup between the ’81-’82 Quebec Nordiques and the ’92-’93 Quebec Nordiques!

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