Nobody Can Stop Lafleur and the Top-Seeded ’78-’79 Canadiens; They Advance to Semifinal Over 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Capitals in Five Games

(Photo via legendsofhockey.net)

(Photo via legendsofhockey.net)

Les Habitants keep rolling on! The top-seeded ’78-’79 Montreal Canadiens are moving onto the Semifinal after beating up on the 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals. However, the Caps did give the Canadiens their first loss of the tournament, so, that’s something.

Guy Lafleur was at it again. He has been the best player in this tournament by far. He scored nine goals in the five games here to lead Montreal in goal scoring. There was a four-way tie for second with two goals, including Steve Shutt and Pierre Mondou. Defenseman Guy Lapointe led the Canadiens in helpers in the series with six while Lafleur was tied with Shutt and Mondou for second with five assists. Naturally, Lafleur finished atop the Canadiens’ overall scoring leaderboard as he totaled 14 points. Lapointe, Mondou and Shutt were all tied for second with a total of seven points each. Lafleur also posted the highest plus/minus rating for Montreal with a +7. Meanwhile, Lapointe was alone in second with a +5 rating. Surprisingly, goaltending Ken Dryden was the busier of the goaltenders in this series. However, he was up to the challenge, as usual. He posted a 4-1-0 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Dryden also posted a 30-save shutout in Game 5 to help seal the series.

Washington’s offense sputtered a bit here. No player scored more than twice in the series. Four players were all tied for the team lead with two goals, including Mike Gartner and Dave Christian. Bob Carpenter was the top playmaker for the Caps, yet again. He tallied five assists while Christian was right behind him with four. With two goals and four assists, Christian finished as the Capitals’ leading scorer at six points while Carpenter was second with five. There was a six-way tie for the top spot among plus/minus ratings for Washington, which included defensemen Larry Murphy and Rod Langway. Goaltender Al Jensen hasn’t been spectacular in this tournament, but he wasn’t very good here. He posted a 1-3-1 record to go along with a 3.60 goals against average and a dreadful .867 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. MTL – RW – Guy Lafleur – 9 G   5 A   14 P   +7   55 S   3 GWG   10 Star Points
  2. MTL – G – Ken Dryden – 5 GP   5 GS   4-1-0   2.20 GAA   .932 SV%   3 Star Points
  3. MTL – LW – Steve Shutt – 2 G   5 A   7 P   +2   17 S   0 PIM   2 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals 0 2 1 3
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 2 3 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 6   ‘83-’84 WSH – 3   (1-0   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 6:00 – MTL: L. Robinson (3) assisted by G. Lafleur (16)
  • 2 – 0 MTL – 18:37 – MTL: Y. Lambert (2) assisted by L. Robinson (10), G. Lapointe (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 MTL – 3:37 – WSH: B. Gustafsson (10) assisted by G. Duchesne (9), B. Carpenter (19)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 10:52 – WSH: D. Christian (6) assisted by S. Stevens (17)
  • 3 – 2 MTL – 12:40 – MTL: S. Shutt (6) assisted by J. Lemaire (5), G. Lafleur (17)
  • 4 – 2 MTL – 13:34 – MTL: G. Lafleur (12) assisted by P. Mondou (6)
  • 5 – 2 MTL – 19:48 – MTL: Y. Lambert (3) assisted by P. Mondou (7)
    • WSH replaces starting goalie A. Jensen with back up B. Mason

 

3rd Period:

  • 6 – 2 MTL – 0:10 – MTL: G. Lafleur (13) assisted by P. Mondou (8), G. Lapointe (8)
  • 6 – 3 MTL – 6:25 – WSH: G. Duchesne (6) assisted by R. Langway (3), B. Carpenter (20)

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

3

Goals

6

42

Shots

39

0/2

PP

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

GWG

G. Lafleur (3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals 0 0 1 1
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 2 2 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 5   ‘83-’84 WSH – 1   (2-0   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 14:44 – MTL: G. Lafleur (14) assisted by Y. Lambert (2)
  • 2 – 0 MTL – 19:22 – MTL: J. Lemaire (3) assisted by G. Lafleur (18)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 MTL – 11:19 – MTL: G. Lafleur (15) assisted by Y. Lambert (3)
  • 4 – 0 MTL – 18:54 – PP – MTL: J. Lemaire (4) assisted by G. Lafleur (19), G. Lapointe (9)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 0 MTL – 2:00 – MTL: P. Mondou (6) assisted by Y. Lambert (4), G. Lafleur (20)
  • 5 – 1 MTL – 13:06 – WSH: L. Murphy (3) assisted by B. Gustafsson (8), B. Carpenter (21)

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

1

Goals

5

27

Shots

39

0/1

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

50%

50%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Lemaire (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Jacques Lemaire (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Yvon Lambert (MTL)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 2 0 0 2
#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals 1 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘83-’84 WSH – 3   ‘78-’79 MTL – 2   (2-1   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 WSH – 2:18 – WSH: D. Jarvis (4) assisted by D. Christian (10)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 3:25 – MTL: S. Shutt (7) assisted by P. Mondou (9)
  • 2 – 1 MTL – 16:14 – MTL: G. Lapointe (1) unassisted

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 0:30 – WSH: D. Christian (7) assisted by M. Gartner (15)
  • 3 – 2 WSH – 15:56 – WSH: G. Duchesne (7) assisted by B. Gustafsson (9), B. Carpenter (22)

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals

2

Goals

3

37

Shots

29

0/1

PP

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

GWG

G. Duchesne (3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dave Christian (WSH)
  • 2nd Star: Al Jensen (WSH)
  • 3rd Star: Gaetan Duchesne (WSH)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 3 0 1 1 5
#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals 1 1 2 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 5   ‘83-’84 WSH – 4   (OT)   (3-1   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 2:50 – MTL: P. Mondou (7) assisted by S. Shutt (8), S. Savard (1)
  • 2 – 0 MTL – 8:55 – PP – MTL: G. Lafleur (16) assisted by S. Shutt (9), G. Lapointe (10)
  • 2 – 1 MTL – 9:27 – WSH: M. Gartner (15) assisted by D. Christian (11), B. Carpenter (23)
  • 3 – 1 MTL – 11:44 – MTL: G. Lafleur (17) assisted by P. Mondou (10), G. Lapointe (11)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 2 MTL – 16:35 – WSH: D. Jarvis (5) assisted by D. Christian (12), L. Murphy (11)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 2 MTL – 8:33 – MTL: G. Lafleur (18) assisted by S. Shutt (10), J. Lemaire (6)
  • 4 – 3 MTL – 13:24 – WSH: M. Gartner (16) assisted by D. Christian (13), R. Langway (4)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 18:02 – PP – WSH: A. Haworth (11) assisted by R. Langway (5), B. Gustafsson (10)

 

Overtime:

  • 5 – 4 MTL – 4:57 – PP – MTL: G. Lafleur (19) assisted by G. Lapointe (12), S. Shutt (11)

 

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals

5

Goals

4

27

Shots

34

2/3

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

1/3

66%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

33%

G. Lafleur (4)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Steve Shutt (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Mike Gartner (WSH)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals 0 0 0 0
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 1   ‘83-’84 WSH – 0   (4-1   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 19:24 – MTL: G. Lafleur (20) assisted by S. Shutt (12), J. Lemaire (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 9:05 – S. Stevens (WSH) given a 5-minute major and a 10-minute game misconduct for charging

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘83-’84 Capitals

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

0

Goals

1

30

Shots

26

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

GWG

G. Lafleur (5)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Ken Dryden (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Al Jensen (WSH)
  • 3rd Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)

The ’78-’79 Canadiens are now just two series’ away from repeating as the UNP Champions for the Montreal franchise.  The ’83-’84 Capitals were impressive in their own right in this tournament. Last year’s representative for Washington was swept out of the First Round. In the Semifinal, the ’78-’79 Canadiens will face the 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers!

This concludes the Quarterfinal Round of the 2nd Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff! We are down to four final teams!

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