7th-Seeded ’92-’93 Nordiques Hold on to Defeat 6th-Seeded ’85-’86 Nordiques in Seven Games After Losing 3-1 Series Lead

This incredible Semifinal began with a HUGE comeback that fell short in overtime. The 7th-seeded ’92-’93 Quebec Nordiques held a 6-0 lead after the first two periods of Game 1, including a hat trick from Mike Ricci. Then, in the third period, the 6th-seeded ’85-’86 Quebec Nordiques, scored six unanswered goals to incredibly force overtime. John Anderson scored twice, including a PP goal, with four different players scoring to aid the comeback. Dale Hunter actually scored the game-tying goal shorthanded with an empty net as Mario Gosselin had been pulled with just 14 seconds left. Then, with that same PP going for the ’92-’93 Nordiques, Valeri Kamensky scored just 15 seconds into the overtime to end the incredible comeback attempt.

The ’92-’93 Nordiques opened up another big lead heading into the third period of Game 2. They lead 5-0 courtesy of two PP goals and two goals from Joe Sakic. They did not give the ’85-’86 Nordiques a chance to have an epic comeback. Both team’s potted two goals in the third and the ’92-’93 Nordiques won Game 2 by a score of 7-2. Game 3 was another high-scoring affair that finally went in the ’85-’86 Nordiques’ way. Four goals in the second period and two of them from Jean-Francois Sauve gave the ’85-’86 Nordiques a 6-4 lead after two periods. The ’92-’93 Nordiques scored the next two to tie the game at six, but winger Wayne Babych scored with six plus minutes left to give the ’85-’86 Nordiques a 7-6 lead and they would hang on to win their first game of the series. Game 4 was the only game of this series where it was all about the goaltenders.

Ron Hextall for the ’92-’93 Nordiques and Clint Malarchuk of the ’85-’86 Nordiques combined for 116 saves on 119 shots. Hextall posted a .980 save percentage and Malarchuk posted a .971 save percentage. Winger Mike Hough gave the ’92-’93 Nordiques a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first period and winger John Anderson eventually tied it for the ’85-’86 Nordiques early in the third period. The game went into a second overtime tied 1-1. At the 6:29 mark of the second overtime, defenseman Dave Shaw was called for elbowing, putting the ’92-’93 Nordiques on the PP for the sixth time in the game. They went ofer until then when Valeri Kamensky scored at the 6:53 mark to give the ’92-’93 Nordiques a 2-1 win and a 3-1 series lead.

The ’85-’86 Nordiques fought off elimination with a 6-4 win in Game 5 back on home ice. Hunter’s three points lead the way with Anton Stastny contributing two goals in the win. In Game 6, the ’85-’86 Nordiques potted four goals in the opening period with two of them coming from Michel Goulet. However, over the course of the next two periods, the ’92-’93 Nordiques chipped away and eventually had the game tied 5-5 at the end of regulation, including a goal from Owen Nolan with just 18 seconds left with Hextall pulled for the extra attacker. Anton scored the game-winner for the ’85-’86 Nordiques at the 7:11 mark in overtime to force a Game 7.

A PP goal from Goulet in the final seconds of the first period gave the ’85-’86 Nordiques a 2-1 lead at the 1st intermission. However, three goals in a span of just over seven minutes gave the ’92-’93 Nordiques a 4-2 lead after two. Scott Young accounted for two of those three goals and they were his second and third of the game to give him a Game 7 hat trick. The ’85-’86 Nordiques amped up the pressure in the third period now trailing by two. They got yet another goal from Goulet with six plus minutes remaining, but Sakic scored for the ’92-’93 Nordiques with just under three minutes to go to give them the insurance they needed. Hextall held them off in the final minutes as the ’92-’93 Nordiques won an incredible series 4-3 thanks to their 5-3 win in Game 7.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Nordiques 2 4 0 1 7
’85-’86 Nordiques 0 0 6 0 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’92-’93 QUE – 7   ’85-’86 QUE – 6   (OT)   (1-0 ’92-’93 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Mike Ricci (’92-’93 QUE) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +1   8 S

2nd Star: LW – Valeri Kamensky (’92-’93 QUE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   4 S

3rd Star: C – Dale Hunter (’85-’86 QUE) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   -2   10 S   2 PIM

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Nordiques 1 4 2 7
’85-’86 Nordiques 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’92-’93 QUE – 7   ’85-’86 QUE – 2   (2-0 ’92-’93 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Sakic (’92-’93 QUE) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +3   3 S

2nd Star: D – Alexei Gusarov (’92-’93 QUE) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   1 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: C – Mats Sundin (’92-’93 QUE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’85-’86 Nordiques 2 4 1 7
’92-’93 Nordiques 3 1 2 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’85-’86 QUE – 7   ’92-’93 QUE – 6   (2-1 ’92-’93 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Jean-Francois Sauve (’85-’86 QUE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: LW – Valeri Kamensky (’92-’93 QUE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   1 S

3rd Star: C – Joe Sakic (’92-’93 QUE) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +1   8 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’85-’86 Nordiques 0 0 1 0 1
’92-’93 Nordiques 1 0 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’92-’93 QUE – 2   ’85-’86 QUE – 1   (2OT)   (3-1 ’92-’93 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ron Hextall (’92-’93 QUE) – W   1.00 GAA   .980 SV% (49 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Clint Malarchuk (’85-’86 QUE) – L   2.00 GAA   .971 SV% (67 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Steve Duchesne (’92-’93 QUE) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Nordiques 2 0 2 4
’85-’86 Nordiques 3 1 2 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’85-’86 QUE – 6   ’92-’93 QUE – 4   (3-2 ’92-’93 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Dale Hunter (’85-’86 QUE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   6 S

2nd Star: LW – Anton Stastny (’85-’86 QUE) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   3 S

3rd Star: RW – Owen Nolan (’92-’93 QUE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   12 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’85-’86 Nordiques 4 0 1 1 6
’92-’93 Nordiques 1 2 2 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’85-’86 QUE – 6   ’92-’93 QUE – 5   (OT)   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Michel Goulet (’85-’86 QUE) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   10 S

2nd Star: RW – Owen Nolan (’92-’93 QUE) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   10 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Andrei Kovalenko (’92-’93 QUE) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   3 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Nordiques 1 3 1 5
’85-’86 Nordiques 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’92-’93 QUE – 5   ’85-’86 QUE – 3   (4-3 ’92-’93 QUE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Scott Young (’92-’93 QUE) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: G – Ron Hextall (’92-’93 QUE) – W   3.00 GAA   .942 SV% (49 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Michel Goulet (’85-’86 QUE) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   15 S

So, just like the 1st Round, the Semifinal ends on a very high note to set up a Final between the top-seeded ’84-’85 Nordiques and the 7th-seeded ’92-’93 Nordiques on Monday!

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