Top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens Return to UNP After Winning Inaugural UNP; Sweep 3rd-seeded ’77-’78 Canadiens

___ Lapointe provided a lot of offense from the blue for the '76-'77 Canadiens as they head back to the UNP. (via lapresse.ca)

Guy Lapointe provided a lot of offense from the blue for the ’76-’77 Canadiens as they head back to the UNP. (via lapresse.ca)

Here is the 2016 Montreal Canadiens Qualifying Tournament!

After winning the Inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, but missing out on the Second Annual UNP, the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens are heading back. They swept the 3rd-seeded ’77-’78 Montreal Canadiens, who were bidding for their first trip to the UNP. The sweep started with a 2-1 win in Game 1 for the ’76-’77 Habs thanks to unanswered goals from Yvon Lambert and defenseman Guy Lapointe in the second period. That was just the beginning of a huge series for Lapointe. In Game 2, Lapointe had a goal and two assists as the ’76-’77 Canadiens won 5-1. Doug Jarvis pitched in with a couple of goals, as well, in the win. Then, Lapointe scored twice in Game 3 as the ’76-’77 Habs won 3-1 while his defensive partner, Larry Robinson, registered the primary assist on both of his goals. Finally, in Game 4, Lapointe scored twice and added an assist as the ’76-’77 Canadiens completed the sweep with a 5-1 win. Again, his defensive partner, Robinson, had a big night as well with three assists. All this while goaltender Ken Dryden allowed just four total goals over the sweep for the ’76-’77 Canadiens. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78 Canadiens 1 0 0 1
’76-’77 Canadiens 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’76-’77 MTL – 2   ’77-’78 MTL – 1   (1-0   ’76-’77 MTL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Yvon Lambert (’76-’77 MTL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

2nd Star: RW – Guy Lafleur (’77-’78 MTL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   3 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: D – Guy Lapointe (’76-’77 MTL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   4 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78 Canadiens 0 0 1 1
’76-’77 Canadiens 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’76-’77 MTL – 5   ’77-’78 MTL – 1   (2-0   ’76-’77 MTL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Guy Lapointe (’76-’77 MTL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   5 S

2nd Star: C – Doug Jarvis (’76-’77 MTL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: C – Jacques Lemaire (’76-’77 MTL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Canadiens 0 2 1 3
’77-’78 Canadiens 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’76-’77 MTL – 3   ’77-’78 MTL – 1   (3-0   ’76-’77 MTL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Guy Lapointe (’76-’77 MTL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   10 S

2nd Star: D – Larry Robinson (’76-’77 MTL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   3 S

3rd Star: G – Ken Dryden (’76-’77 MTL) – W   1.00 GAA   .966 SV% (28 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Canadiens 0 5 0 5
’77-’78 Canadiens 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’76-’77 MTL – 5   ’77-’78 MTL – 1   (4-0   ’76-’77 MTL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Guy Lapointe (’76-’77 MTL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +4   4 S

2nd Star: G – Ken Dryden (’76-’77 MTL) – W   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Larry Robinson (’76-’77 MTL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   2 S

Up next is…….THE 2016 ULTIMATE NHL PLAYOFF!!!

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