Shutt’s Goal Just 18 Seconds into OT Gives Top-seeded ’78-’79 Habs 3-1 Series Lead Over 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Flyers

(Photo via notinhalloffame.com)

(Photo via notinhalloffame.com)

This game was basically eventless in the first two periods outside of a roughing minor on defenseman Larry Robinson for the top-seeded ’78-’79 Montreal Canadiens. Then, early in the third, after coincidental roughing minors on defenseman Gilles Lupien and Don Saleski of the 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens finally broke the goalless draw with Yvon Lambert‘s fifth goal of the tournament. Then about ten minutes of game time later, wingers Bob Gainey of Montreal and Gary Dornhoefer were also given coincidental minors for roughing. Just 17 seconds after that, Rejean Houle caught a Flyer with a high-stick and also drew blood, resulting in a four-minute PP for Philly with less than five minutes remaining. The Canadiens nearly killed it off when Ross Lonsberry potted his fifth goal of the tournament with just under a minute remaining. The Flyers had also pulled goaltender Bernie Parent and had a 6-on-4 advantage. The game went into overtime, thanks to Lonsberry, but last year’s UNP MVP, Steve Shutt, scored just 18 seconds into the overtime to give Montreal a 2-1 win and a 3-1 series lead.

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens 0 0 1 1 2
#12 ‘74-’75 Flyers 0 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘78-’79 MTL – 2   ‘74-’75 PHI – 1   (OT)   (3-1   ‘78-’79 MTL)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 4:25 – MTL: Y. Lambert (5) assisted by G. Lafleur (26), G. Lapointe (14)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 19:08 – PP/EN – PHI: R. Lonsberry (5) assisted by B. Clarke (20)

 

Overtime:

  • 2 – 1 MTL – 0:18 – MTL: S. Shutt (10) assisted by P. Mondou (12), L. Robinson (16)

 

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘78-’79 Canadiens

#12 ‘74-’75 Flyers

2

Goals

1

24

Shots

24

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

PP%

50%

50%

PK%

S. Shutt (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

The top-seeded Habs now have a commanding 3-1 series lead and will look to clinch a berth in the Ultimate NHL Final on Thursday. The Oilers will look to also take a 3-1 series lead in their Semifinal matchup over the Avalanche tomorrow night.

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