Top-Seeded ’78-’79 Canadiens Continue to Roll as they Sweep 16th-seeded ’02-’03 Stars; Lafleur Posts 14 Points in the Four Games

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Tout ce qu’ils font est de gagner! Gagner! Gagner! Peu importe ce que! The top-seeded ’78-’79 Montreal Canadiens move on to the Quarterfinal after a sweep of the 16th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars. However, the Stars did do these Habs a favor by eliminating arguably their toughest test, the reigning runners up, in the Second Round.

Guy Lafleur was superman for Les Habitants in this series. He led them in goals with eight, he led them in assists with six and he led them in points with 14. Pierre Mondou was Montreal’s second leading goal scorer in the series with three in the four games. There was a three-way tie for second in helpers between Mondou, Steve Shutt and defenseman Larry Robinson with four. Mondou was also second behind Lafleur in the Canadiens’ overall scoring leaderboard with seven points in the four games. To no one’s surprise, Lafleur also finished with Montreal’s highest plus/minus rating at +8. Sensing a pattern here, but Mondou was second behind Lafleur with a +6 rating. Goaltender Ken Dryden wasn’t consistently busy in this series, but was consistently very good. To go along with his 4-0-0 record in the series, he posted a 1.75 goals against average and a .943 save percentage.

If this were an actually tournament being played, you might say that the Stars simply had run out of fuel in their major upset in the Second Round and could not put up much of a fight here against the Habs. Jere Lehtinen was the Stars’ top goal scorer in the series with four goals while Brenden Morrow was the only other player to score more than one goal (2). Morrow was the top playmaker for Dallas, though, with three assists while Mike Modano and Pierre Turgeon were tied for second with two assists. Naturally, Morrow was atop the overall scoring leaderboard for the Stars with five points. Lehtinen finished second behind him with four points. There was a three-way tie for the team lead in plus/minus at +1 between Lehtinen, Modano and Morrow. Then, there was a tie between Turgeon and Rob DiMaio for second with even plus/minus ratings. In goal, Marty Turco did not have a good time. He posted a 4.00 goals against average and a .842 save percentage over the four games.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. MTL – RW – Guy Lafleur – 8 G   6 A   14 P   +8   31 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   12 Star Points
  2. MTL – G – Ken Dryden – 4 GP   4 GS   4-0-0   1.75 GAA   .943 SV%   2 Star Points
  3. MTL – C – Pierre Mondou – 3 G   4 A   7 P   +6   9 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 0 0 2 2
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 1 1 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 5   ‘02-’03 DAL – 2   (1-0   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 10:52 – MTL: G. Lafleur (4) assisted by L. Robinson (6), P. Mondou (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 MTL – 11:56 – MTL: P. Mondou (3) assisted by G. Lafleur (10), B. Engblom (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 0 MTL – 3:08 – MTL: S. Savard (1) assisted by G. Lafleur (11), P. Mondou (3)
  • 4 – 0 MTL – 10:54 – PP – MTL: G. Lafleur (5) assisted by L. Robinson (7), S. Shutt (4)
  • 4 – 1 MTL – 11:38 – DAL: B. Morrow (2) assisted by P. Turgeon (3), P. Boucher (4)
  • 4 – 2 MTL – 12:15 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (3) assisted by M. Modano (1), B. Morrow (8)
  • 5 – 2 MTL – 18:06 – MTL: G. Lafleur (6) assisted by G. Lapointe (6), L. Robinson (8)

 

TEAM STATS:

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

2

Goals

5

25

Shots

26

0/2

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

100%

GWG

S. Savard (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Pierre Mondou (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Larry Robinson (MTL)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 0 0 2 2
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 3   ‘02-’03 DAL – 2   (2-0   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 6:13 – MTL: G. Lafleur (7) assisted by J. Lemaire (3)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 MTL – 13:09 – MTL: G. Lafleur (8) assisted by P. Mondou (4), S. Shutt (5)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 MTL – 8:15 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (4) unassisted
  • 2 – 2 tie – 10:28 – DAL: M. Modano (5) assisted by D. Sydor (4), B. Morrow (9)
  • 3 – 2 MTL – 19:08 – MTL: G. Lafleur (9) assisted by Y. Lambert (1), L. Robinson (9)

 

TEAM STATS:

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

2

Goals

3

28

Shots

22

0/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

G. Lafleur (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Modano (DAL)
  • 3rd Star: Jere Lehtinen (DAL)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 1 0 1 1 3
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 0 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 3   ‘02-’03 DAL – 2   (OT)   (3-0   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 3:56 – MTL: S. Shutt (4) assisted by G. Lafleur (12)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 0:21 – PS – DAL: B. Morrow (3) unassisted
  • 2 – 1 MTL – 8:32 – MTL: J. Lemaire (2) assisted by G. Lafleur (13)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 18:49 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (5) assisted by M. Modano (2)

 

Overtime:

  • 3 – 2 MTL – 3:20 – MTL: P. Mondou (4) assisted S. Shutt (6), G. Lafleur (13)

 

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

3

Goals

2

22

Shots

34

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

P. Mondou (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Ken Dryden (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Steve Shutt (MTL)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 2 1 2 5
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 5   ‘02-’03 DAL – 2   (4-0   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 DAL – 2:50 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (6) assisted by B. Morrow (10)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 12:52 – MTL: R. Houle (3) assisted by D. Jarvis (1)
  • 2 – 1 MTL – 13:46 – MTL: P. Mondou (5) assisted by S. Shutt (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 13:05 – DAL: P. Boucher (2) assisted by P. Turgeon (4)
  • 3 – 2 MTL – 14:15 – MTL: S. Shutt (5) assisted by G. Lafleur (15), P. Mondou (5)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 2 MTL – 7:59 – MTL: G. Lafleur (10) assisted by J. Lemaire (4)
  • 5 – 2 MTL – 12:31 – MTL: G. Lafleur (11) unassisted

 

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

5

Goals

2

31

Shots

36

0/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

S. Shutt (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Steve Shutt (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Pierre Mondou (MTL)

The ’78-’79 Canadiens are 8-0 in the 2nd annual Ultimate NHL Playoff, but they still have a ways to go to match last year’s representative. Last year, the top-seeded Habs won the championship and was barely tested doing it. It was a nice tournament for the ’02-’03 Stars. They upset last year’s runner up in the Second Round before being eliminated here in the Third Round. They do, however, match last year’s representative’s run of making it o Third Round, but no further. The ’78-’79 Canadiens will face either the 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers or the 25th-s-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals!

Up next in the Third Round, the 6th-seeded ’84-’85 Edmonton Oilers face the 22nd-seeded ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks!

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