19th-seeded ’10-’11 Hurricanes Blow 3-1 Series Lead, but Hang on to Defeat Upset-Minded, 46th-seeded ’19-’20 Bulldogs in Seven Games

(Photo via hockey30.com)

(Photo via hockey30.com)

It was a high-scoring, rollercoaster of a series, but the 19th-seeded ’10-’11 Carolina Hurricanes, in their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut, defeat the 46th-seeded ’19-’20 Quebec Bulldogs in seven games. Quebec won the first game. Then, Carolina won the next three. However, Quebec won Game’s 5 and 6 to force a Game 7, but fell 4-1.

The Canes showed some nice depth offensively, but they had two superstars in the series. Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal led them in almost every statistic. Skinner’s nine goals were a team-high, with five of them coming in Game 2, and Staal’s eight were second. It was a pair of defenseman who were the top two in assists, though, as Joni Pitkanen‘s nine were first and Anton Babchuk‘s eight were second. Skinner and Staal both finished with 15 points to lead them in overall scoring with Pitkanen finishing second behind them with nine. Skinner also led Carolina in plus/minus with a +10 rating while Pitkanen was second with a +9 rating. Goaltending had its trials in this series on both sides, but Cam Ward finished with some decent numbers. He posted a 4-1-1 record, with backup Justin Peters registering a loss in one of his two appearances. Ward posted a 3.14 goals against average and a .924 save percentage while facing an average of almost 47 shots against per game.

Quebec had some very impressive offensive performances, as well. Joe Malone has taken the overall tournament lead in goals so far with his 10 in this series, including four goals in Game 1 alone. George Carey and defenseman Ed Carpenter were second in goals with four. Thomas McCarthy tallied 10 assists over the seven games to lead the Bulldogs in assists while Malone and Jack McDonald both finished with seven assists. Malone finished with 17 total points to lead the Bulldogs and McCarthy’s 12 were second. Both McDonald and Carey also reached double digits in points with 10. The defensive pairing of Fred McLean and Dave Ritchie were the only two players to finish above negative in plus/minus for Quebec as both finished at +7. In goal, Frank Brophy began this series as Quebec’s starter, but after he posted a 5.25 goals against average and a .825 save percentage in the first four games, backup Howard Lockhart stepped in to mind the twine. Lockhart played much better and after appearing in six games and starting the final three, he posted a 2-1-0 record with his only lose coming in Game 7. He finished with a 3.17 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. QBC – C – Joe Malone – 10 G   7 A   17 P   -3   107 S   2 PIM   6 Star Points
  2. CAR – RW – Jeff Skinner – 9 G   6 A   15 P   +10   81 S   6 PIM   5 Stars Points
  3. CAR – C – Eric Staal – 8 G   7 A   15 P   +3   79 S   5 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs 3 2 3 8
#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes 2 3 1 6

GAME SUMMARY: ‘19-’20 QBC – 8   ‘10-’11 CAR – 6   (1-0   ‘19-’20 QBC)

1st Period:

  • 0:27 – QBC: J. Malone (1) assisted by G. Carey (1), E. Carpenter (1)
  • 2:50 – QBC: E. Carpenter (1) assisted by T. McCarthy (1), H. Mummery (1)
  • 5:23 – QBC: G. Carey (1) assisted by T. McCarthy (2), F. McLean (1)
  • 12:36 – CAR: E. Staal (1) assisted by A. Babchuk (1), E. Cole (1)
  • 18:16 – CAR: T. Ruutu (1) assisted by T. Kostopoulos (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4:30 – CAR: T. Ruutu (2) assisted by J. Skinner (1)
  • 5:04 – QBC: J. Malone (2) assisted by J. McDonald (1)
  • 6:43 – QBC: H. Mummery (1) assisted by T. Smith (1)
    • CAR replaced starting goalie Cam Ward with backup Justin Peters
  • 10:00 – CAR: P. Dwyer (1) assisted by E. Cole (2), T. Gleason (1)
  • 11:13 – CAR: B. Sutter (1) assisted by J. Jokinen (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 1:02 – CAR: E. Cole (1) assisted by J. Pitkanen (1)
  • 8:45 – QBC: J. Malone (3) assisted by F. McLean (2), J. McDonald (2)
  • 12:41 – QBC: J. Malone (4) assisted by J. McDonald (3)
  • 15:58 – QBC: T. McCarthy (1) assisted by D. Ritchie (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs #19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes
8 Goals 6
50 Shots 51
PP
SH
PP%
PK%
33:23 TOP 26:37

 

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Joe Malone (QBC)
  • 2nd Star: Thomas McCarthy (QBC)
  • 3rd Star: Erik Cole (CAR)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs 1 0 1 2
#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes 7 2 0 9

 

GAME SUMMARY: ‘10-’11 CAR – 9   ‘19-’20 QBC – 2   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 0:42 – CAR: J. Skinner (1) assisted by J. Corvo (1)
  • 2:54 – CAR: C. Stillman (1) assisted by J. Skinner (2), E. Staal (1)
  • 3:46 – QBC: E. Carpenter (2) assisted by J. Malone (1), H. Mummery (2)
  • 5:04 – CAR: C. Stillman (2) assisted by E. Staal (2), A. Babchuk (2)
  • 8:09 – CAR: E. Cole (2) assisted by E. Staal (3)
  • 9:01 – PP – CAR: J. Skinner (2) assisted by A. Babchuk (3)
    • QBC replaces starting goaltender Frank Brophy with backup Howard Lockhart
  • 11:06 – CAR: J. Skinner (3) assisted by J. Pitkanen (2)
  • 15:14 – CAR: J. Skinner (4) assisted by C. Stillman (1), E. Staal (4)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4:20 – CAR: J. Skinner (5) assisted by J. Pitkanen (3), T. Ruutu (1)
  • 7:22 – CAR: B. Sutter (2) assisted by J. Pitkanen (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 0:48 – QBC: J. Malone (5) assisted by T. McCarthy (3)

 

TEAM STATS:

#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs #19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes
2 Goals 9
51 Shots 61
PP 1/1
0/1 SH
PP% 100%
0% PK%
30:18 TOP 29:42

 

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Jeff Skinner (CAR)
  • 2nd Star: Cory Stillman (CAR)
  • 3rd Star: Eric Staal (CAR)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes 4 2 1 7
#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY: ‘10-’11 CAR – 7   ‘19-’20 QBC – 3   (2-1   ‘10-’11 CAR)

1st Period:

  • 0:09 – CAR: E. Staal (2) assisted by J. Corvo (2), C. Stillman (2)
  • 6:29 – CAR: T. Ruutu (3) assisted by J. Skinner (3)
  • 8:45 – QBC: J. McDonald (1) assisted by J. Malone (2)
  • 17:16 – CAR: J. Jokinen (1) assisted by A. Babchuk (4)
  • 17:49 – QBC: E. Carpenter (3) assisted by G. Carey (2)
  • 19:57 – CAR: T. Kostopoulos (1) assisted by T. Ruutu (2), J. Pitkanen (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2:57 – QBC: J. Malone (6) assisted by G. Carey (3)
  • 5:27 – CAR: E. Staal (3) assisted by J. Corvo (3)
  • QBC replaces starting goalie Frank Brophy with backup Howard Lockhart
  • 12:23 – CAR: T. Ruutu (4) assisted by A. Babchuk (5), J. Skinner (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 13:51 – PP(2) – CAR: E. Staal (4) assisted by J. Pitkanen (6), S. Samsonov (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes #46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs
7 Goals 3
61 Shots 50
1/1 PP 0/2
2/2 SH 0/1
100% PP% 0%
100% PK% 0%
29:46 TOP 30:14

 

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Tuomo Ruutu (CAR)
  • 2nd Star: Eric Staal (CAR)
  • 3rd Star: Cam Ward (CAR)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes 3 3 0 6
#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ‘10-’11 CAR – 6   ‘19-’20 QBC – 2   (3-1   ‘10-’11 CAR)

1st Period:

  • 0:26 – CAR: J. Skinner (6) assisted by E. Staal (5), J. Corvo (4)
  • 3:54 – QBC: H. Mummery (2) assisted by J. Malone (3), T. McCarthy (4)
  • 15:15 – CAR: B. Sutter (3) assisted by T. Gleason (2), J. Jokinen (2)
  • 16:37 – CAR: E. Staal (5) assisted by J. Pitkanen (7), J. Corvo (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2:49 – CAR: I. White (1) assisted by C. Stillman (3)
  • 4:44 – CAR: J. Jokinen (2) assisted by A. Babchuk (6), B. Sutter (1)
    • QBC replaces starting goalie Frank Brophy with backup Howard Lockhart
  • 11:50 – SH – CAR: B. Sutter (4) assisted by B. Allen (1), I. White (1)

3rd Period:

  • 16:08 – QBC: J. Malone (7) unassisted

 

TEAM STATS:

#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes #46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs
6 Goals 2
63 Shots 38
0/1 PP 0/1
1/1 SH 1/1
0% PP% 0%
100% PK% 100%
28:36 TOP 31:24

 

STARS OF THE GAME:

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs 5 1 1 7
#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes 2 0 3 5

GAME SUMMARY: ‘19-’20 QBC – 7   ‘10-’11 CAR – 5   (3-2   ‘10-’11 CAR)

1st Period:

  • 0:48 – CAR: E. Cole (3) assisted by E. Staal (6)
  • 8:39 – QBC: J. Malone (8) assisted by G. Carey (4), T. McCarthy (5)
  • 8:51 – QBC: J. McDonald (2) assisted by F. McLean (3), J. Malone (4)
  • 9:01 – QBC: J. Malone (9) assisted by T. McCarthy (6), J. McDonald (5)
  • 9:06 – QBC: J. McDonald (3) assisted by J. Malone (5), T. McCarthy (7)
  • 13:34 – QBC: T. McCarthy (2) assisted by G. Carey (5), H. Mummery (3)
    • CAR replaces starting goalie Cam Ward with backup Justin Peters
  • 14:36 – CAR: J. Jokinen (3) assisted by B. Sutter (2), J. Pitkanen(8)

 

2nd Period:

  • 0:50 – QBC: J. Malone (10) assisted by H. Mummery (4), E. Carpenter (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2:13 – CAR: J. Jokinen (4) assisted by B. Sutter (3), J. Corvo (6)
  • 11:26 – CAR: E. Staal (6) assisted by P. Dwyer (1), E. Cole (3)
  • 15:25 – CAR: J. Skinner (7) assisted by A. Babchuk (7), T. Ruutu (3)
  • 19:21 – EN – QBC: T. Smith (1) assisted by H. Mummery (5), G. Carey (6)

 

TEAM STATS:

#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs #19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes
7 Goals 5
36 Shots 70
0/1 PP 0/2
2/2 SH 1/1
0% PP% 0%
100% PK% 100%
28:27 TOP 31:33

 

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Joe Malone (QBC)
  • 2nd Star: Thomas McCarthy (QBC)
  • 3rd Star: Jack McDonald (QBC)

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes 1 0 2 0 3
#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs 1 1 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ‘19-’20 QBC – 4   ‘10-’11 CAR – 3   (OT)   (3-3)

1st Period:

  • 2:59 – CAR: C. Stillman (3) assisted by J. Skinner (5)
  • 12:48 – QBC: G. Carey (2) assisted by J. Malone (6), T. McCarthy (8)

 

2nd Period:

  • 6:19 – QBC: D. Ritchie (1) assisted by J. McDonald (6), T. McCarthy (9)

 

3rd Period:

  • 8:47 – CAR: E. Staal (7) assisted by C. Stillman (4)
  • 9:46 – QBC: E. Carpenter (4) assisted by J. McDonald (7), T. McCarthy (10)
  • 16:38 – PP – CAR: E. Staal (8) assisted by A. Babchuk (8), J. Skinner (6)

 

Overtime:

  • 2:02 – QBC: G. Carey (3) assisted by J. Marks (1), D. Ritchie (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes #46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs
3 Goals 4
44 Shots 45
1/2 PP
SH 1/2
50% PP%
PK% 50%
29:20 TOP 32:42

 

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: George Carey (QBC)
  • 2nd Star: Eric Staal (CAR)
  • 3rd Star: Thomas McCarthy (QBC)

 

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs 1 0 0 1
#19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ‘10-’11 CAR – 4   ‘19-’20 QBC – 1   (4-3   ‘10-’11 CAR)

1st Period:

  • 7:28 – CAR: J. Skinner (8) assisted by T. Kostopoulos (2), T. Ruutu (4)
  • 19:03 – QBC: G. Carey (4) assisted by J. Malone (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 5:25 – CAR: T. Kostopoulos (2) assisted by J. Pitkanen (9)
  • 7:25 – CAR: P. Dwyer (2) assisted by I. White (2), E. Cole (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3:24 – CAR: J. Skinner (8) assisted by E. Staal (7), C. Stillman (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#46 ‘19-’20 Bulldogs #19 ‘10-’11 Hurricanes
1 Goals 4
58 Shots 59
0/1 PP 0/2
2/2 SH 1/1
0% PP% 0%
100% PK% 100%
32:11 TOP 27:49

 

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Cam Ward (CAR)
  • 2nd Star: Jeff Skinner (CAR)
  • 3rd Star: Howard Lockhart (QBC)

So, the 19th-seeded ’10-’11 Carolina Hurricanes hold on to win in seven games after blowing a 3-1 series lead. They have a nice matchup waiting for them in the Second Round as the 14th-seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons, who lost in the Second Round in the inaugural UNP, are waiting for them.  The Hurricanes franchise has now advanced from the First Round in both of the first two UNP’s. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs franchise, which only lasted one season in the NHL, is now 0-2 in their UNP history, but their win in Game 1 of this series was their first ever win in the tournament.

Up next in the First Round is a matchup between the 18th-seeded ’10-’11 Tampa Bay Lightning and the 47th-seeded ’34-’35 St. Louis Eagles!

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