7th-Seeded ’79-’80 Whalers Upset 2nd-Seeded ’86-’87 Whalers in Sweep with Three One-Goal Games

This was a tight series up until the eventual series-deciding Game 4. The 2nd-seeded ’86-’87 Hartford Whalers led Game 1 4-3 after two periods. Then, in the third period, the 7th-seeded ’79-’80 Hartford Whalers tied the game early on with a PP goal from Blaine Stoughton, but Paul Lawless scored a little more than halfway through the period to retake the lead. The ’79-’80 Whalers pulled their goalie, John Garrett, for an extra attacker and Jordy Douglas scored his second goal of the night to tie the game back up. Defenseman Mark Howe then scored 23 seconds later and with just 25 seconds remaining to give the ’79-’80 Whalers a remarkable comeback victory. In Game 2, it was the ’79-’80 Whalers who held a 4-2 lead going into the third with two goals from Mike Rogers. Douglas then scored 27 seconds into the third period to give the ’79-’80 Whalers a 5-2 lead, which led to the ’86-’87 Whalers pulling starting goalie Mike Liut. The ’86-’87 Whalers scored three times in that third period with Kevin Dineen finishing off a hat trick, but another Douglas goal was enough for a 6-5 win and a 2-0 series lead.

Two PP goals from Ron Francis gave the ’86-’87 Whalers a 2-0 lead after the first period of Game 3. Then, two goals from Dineen, including one on the PP, led them to a 4-2 lead going into the third. However, the legendary Gordie Howe scored in the first minute of the third and his son, Mark, later tied it and forced overtime. Defenseman Al Sims potted the overtime winner for the ’79-’80 Whalers at the 13:45 mark to take a 3-0 series lead. While trying to stave off a sweep, the ’86-’87 Whalers took a 3-0 lead after the first period. However, the ’79-’80 Whalers scored four goals in the second to the ’86-’87 Whalers’ one for a 4-4 game going into the third. The ’79-’80 Whalers then scored four goals in the third, as well, with the ’86-’87 Whalers scoring just one, again, as the sweep and the upset was completed. Mark Howe finished Game 4 with a goal and four assists and was a +4 in the final game.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Whalers 1 2 3 6
’86-’87 Whalers 1 3 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 HAR – 6   ’86-’87 HAR – 5    (1-0 ’79-’80 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Blaine Stoughton (’79-’80 HAR) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +3   4 S

2nd Star: LW – Jordy Douglas (’79-’80 HAR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   3 S

3rd Star: LW – Paul Lawless (’86-’87 HAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Whalers 1 3 2 6
’86-’87 Whalers 0 3 2 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 HAR – 6   ’86-’87 HAR – 5    (2-0 ’79-’80 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Blaine Stoughton (’79-’80 HAR) – 1 G   4 A   5 P   +2   7 S

2nd Star: C – Mike Rogers (’79-’80 HAR) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: RW – Kevin Dineen (’86-’87 HAR) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   Even   8 S   2 PIM

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’86-’87 Whalers 2 2 0 0 4
’79-’80 Whalers 0 2 2 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 HAR – 5   ’86-’87 HAR – 4   (OT)    (3-0 ’79-’80 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Pat Boutette (’79-’80 HAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   2 S   4 PIM

2nd Star: RW – Kevin Dineen (’86-’87 HAR) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   -3   7 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: G – John Garrett (’79-’80 HAR) – W   4.00 GAA   .929 SV% (52 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’86-’87 Whalers 3 1 1 5
’79-’80 Whalers 0 4 4 8

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 HAR – 8   ’86-’87 HAR – 5    (4-0 ’79-’80 HAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Mark Howe (’79-’80 HAR) – 1 G   4 A   5 P   +4   9 S

2nd Star: RW – Blaine Stoughton (’79-’80 HAR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +4   4 S

3rd Star: D – Al Hangsleben (’79-’80 HAR) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   1 S

To wrap up the 1st Round, the 3rd-seeded ’89-’90 Hartford Whalers will face off against the 6th-seeded ’90-’91 Hartford Whalers.

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