Reigning Representatives, Top-Seeded ’85-’86 Whalers Sweep 8th-Seeded ’91-’92 Whalers to Begin Qualifying Tournament

This series started off with a bang. The two teams combined for five goals in the first period of Game 1 as the top-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers held a 3-2 lead. A little over five minutes into the second period Ray Neufeld and Sylvain Turgeon had scored to give the ’85-’86 Whalers a 5-2 lead, which prompted the ’91-’92 Whalers to pull starter Kay Whitmore for back up Frank Pietrangelo. That helped a bit as the ’91-’92 Whalers scored the next two goals, but the ’85-’86 Whalers held on for a 6-4 win. In Game 2, the ’85-’86 Whalers dominated in a 9-3 win with Turgeon’s hat trick leading the way. They dominated again in Game 3 by a final of 7-3. Turgeon once again led the way as he posted one goal and two assists as seven different players scored for the reigning representatives. In Game 4, the ’91-’92 Whalers took a 3-2 lead thanks to a goal from defenseman Randy Ladouceur. However, that lead lasted just a little over six minutes as Paul Lawless tied it up for the ’85-’86 Whalers. Then, defenseman Joel Quenneville scored while on a 5-on-3 PP to give the ’85-’86 Whalers a 4-3 lead and finish off the sweep.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’91-’92 Whalers 2 2 0 4
’85-’86 Whalers 3 3 0 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’85-’86 HAR – 6   ’91-’92 HAR – 4    (1-0 ’85-’86 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Dana Murzyn (’85-’86 HAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   1 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: D – Zarley Zalapski (’91-’92 HAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   8 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Ray Neufeld (’85-’86 HAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’91-’92 Whalers 1 0 2 3
’85-’86 Whalers 3 5 1 9

GAME SUMMARY: ’85-’86 HAR – 9   ’91-’92 HAR – 3    (2-0 ’85-’86 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Sylvain Turgeon (’85-’86 HAR) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +1   16 S

2nd Star: C – Ron Francis (’85-’86 HAR) – 0 G   4 A   4 P   +1   7 S

3rd Star: C – Ray Ferraro (’85-’86 HAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’85-’86 Whalers 4 2 1 7
’91-’92 Whalers 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’85-’86 HAR – 7   ’91-’92 HAR – 3    (3-0 ’85-’86 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Sylvain Turgeon (’85-’86 HAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   -1   11 S

2nd Star: G – Frank Pietrangelo (’91-’92 HAR) – ND   2.00 GAA   .955 SV% (42 SV’s); Replaced starter Kay Whitmore at the 2:41 mark of the second period

3rd Star: LW – Stew Gavin (’85-’86 HAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’85-’86 Whalers 1 1 2 4
’91-’92 Whalers 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’85-’86 HAR – 4   ’91-’92 HAR – 3    (4-0 ’85-’86 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Joel Quenneville (’85-’86 HAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   7 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: G – Kay Whitmore (’91-’92 HAR) – L   4.00 GAA   .922 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Mike Liut (’85-’86 HAR) – W   3.00 GAA   .930 SV% (40 SV’s)

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’88-’89 Hartford Whalers and the ’87-’88 Hartford Whalers.

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