Goaltending Shines as 20th-seeded ’08-’09 Hurricanes Defeat 45th-seeded ’76-’77 Barons in Five Games

It was a great goaltending duel between ___ Ward of the '08-'09 Hurricanes and ______ Meloche of the '76-'77 Barons, but Carolina was just the better team. (via Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It was a great goaltending duel between Cam Ward of the ’08-’09 Hurricanes and Gilles Meloche of the ’76-’77 Barons, but Carolina was just the better team. (via Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The 45th-seeded ’76-’77 Cleveland Barons got the jump on the 20th-seeded ’08-’09 Carolina Hurricanes in this series. They took Game 1 in a shootout, 6-4, by far the highest game of the series. After that, the two goalies took over and Carolina took the next four outscoring Cleveland 11-5.

There wasn’t much offense from either team after Game 1 with the overall leading scorer in the series posting five points. That was Ray Whitney as he tallied five assists to lead Carolin in both assists, and points, obviously. Rod Brind’Amour, or Rod the Bod, and defenseman Anton Babchuk were tied for second on the team in points with four. Brind’Amour’s three goals were a team-high while Babchuk was tied with Patrick Eaves and Eric Stall for second with two goals. Justin Williams, or Mr. Game 7, was second behind Whitney in assists with three. There was only 10 Hurricanes that finished above even in plus/minus and there was a five-way tie for the team lead at +2 that included Babchuk and Whitney. As I stated earlier, the goaltenders were the story, but only after Game 1. Carolina’s starter, Cam Ward, was pulled in that opening game for backup Michael Leighton, but that would be Leighton’s only appearance in the series. Ward posted a 4-1-0 record to go along with a 2.00 goals against average with a .938 save percentage.

The Barons were only out-scored by four over the course of the five games, but they only managed to score 11 goals, which was a 2.20 average. Al MacAdam led Cleveland in both goals (3) and points (5) while their was a two-way tie for second at four between Rick Hampton and Dennis Maruk. All four of Maruk’s points came as assists, which were a team-high. Defenseman Mike Christie‘s three points were second behind Maruk. Hampton was tied for second in goal-scoring with two goals with both Mike Fidler and Frank Spring. Only four players for Cleveland finished with plus/minus ratings over even and it was Fidler and Spring at +2 that were tied for the team lead. Goaltender Gilles Meloche was Cleveland’s best player. He posted a 1-3-1 record and a 3.00 goals against average, but had a save percentage of .948, which would’ve been a tournament0high in the Second Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff by 12 percentage points.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. CAR – G – Cam Ward – 5 GP   5 GS   4-1-0   2.00 GAA   .938 SV%   9 Star Points
  2. CLE – G – Gilles Meloche – 5 GP   5 GS   1-3-1   3.00 GAA   .948 SV%   8 Star Points
  3. CAR – C – Rod Brind’Amour – 5 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   +1   17 S   2 GWG   0 PIM   0 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#45 ‘76-’77 Barons 3 2 1 6
#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 CLE – 6   ‘08-’09 CAR – 4   (1-0   ‘76-’77 CLE)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CLE – 2:11 – CLE: A. MacAdam (1) assisted by L. Frig (1)
  • 2 – 0 CLE – 4:03 – CLE: F. Spring (1) assisted by G. Smith (1)
  • 3 – 0 CLE – 5:59 – CLE: R. Hampton (1) assisted by A. MacAdam (1), D. Maruk (1)
  • 3 – 1 CLE – 18:24 – CAR: M. Cullen (1) assisted by R. Whitney (1), S. Walker (1)

2nd Period:

  • 4 – 1 CLE – 13:58 – CLE: M. Fidler (1) assisted by F. Spring (1), D. Maruk (2)
  • 4 – 2 CLE – 15:36 – CAR: A. Babchuk (1) assisted by R. Whitney (2), M. Cullen (1)
  • 5 – 2 CLE – 15:42 – CLE: B. Murdoch (1) assisted by D. Gardner (1), B. Girard (1)
    • CAR replaces starting goalie C. Ward w/backup M. Leighton

3rd Period:

  • 6 – 2 CLE – 3:26 – CLE: M. Fidler (2) assisted by D. Maruk (3)
  • 6 – 3 CLE – 5:53 – CAR: C. LaRose (1) assisted by J. Williams (1), R. Brind’Amour (1)
  • 6 – 4 CLE – 9:38 – CAR: T. Ruutu (1) assisted by J. Pitkanen (1)

TEAM STATS:

#45 ‘76-’77 Barons

#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes

6

Goals

4

36

Shots

53

PP

SH

PP%

PK%

B. Murdoch (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Mike Fidler (CLE)
  • 2nd Star: Dennis Maruk (CLE)
  • 3rd Star: Frank Spring (CLE)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#45 ‘76-’77 Barons 1 0 0 1
#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘08-’09 CAR – 2   ‘76-’77 CLE – 1   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CAR – 5:57 – CAR: E. Staal (1) assisted by T. Ruutu (1), D. Seidenberg (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 16:33 – CLE: A. MacAdam (2) assisted by D. Maruk (4), R. Hampton (1)

2nd Period:

  • 3:38 – D. Maruk (CLE) receives a 10-minute misconduct for arguing with penalty call

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 CAR – 9:32 – CAR: R. Brind’Amour (1) assisted by D. Seidenberg (2), J. Williams (2)

TEAM STATS:

#45 ‘76-’77 Barons

#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes

1

Goals

2

33

Shots

58

0/1

PP

0/3

3/3

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

R. Brind’Amour (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Cam Ward (CAR)
  • 2nd Star: Gilles Meloche (CLE)
  • 3rd Star: Dennis Seidenberg (CAR)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes 2 0 0 1 3
#45 ‘76-’77 Barons 0 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘08-’09 CAR – 3   ‘76-’77 CLE – 2   (OT)   (2-1   ‘08-’09 CAR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CAR – 4:08 – CAR: S. Walker (1) assisted by M. Caullen (2)
  • 2 – 0 CAR – 13:03 – CAR: P. Eaves (1) assisted by A. Babchuk (1), R. Whitney (3)

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 CAR – 11:19 – CLE: F. Spring (2) assisted by M. Christie (1)

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 7:52 – CLE: D. Gardner (1) assisted by M. Christie (2), B. Girard (2)

Overtime:

  • 3 – 2 CAR – 2:11 – CAR: R. Brind’Amour (2) assisted by J. Williams (3)

TEAM STATS:

#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes

#45 ‘76-’77 Barons

3

Goals

2

64

Shots

28

0/1

PP

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

R. Brind’Amour (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Patrick Eaves (CAR)
  • 2nd Star: Gilles Meloche (CLE)
  • 3rd Star: Scott Walker (CAR)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes 0 2 2 4
#45 ‘76-’77 Barons 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘08-’09 CAR – 4   ‘76-’77 CLE – 1   (3-1   ‘08-’09 CAR)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 CLE – 10:26 – CLE: A. MacAdam (3) assisted by R. Hampton (2), W. Merrick (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 11:44 – CAR: J. Corvo (1) assisted by P. Eaves (1)
  • 2 – 1 CAR – 18:17 – CAR: P. Eaves (2) unassisted

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 CAR – 1:25 – CAR: A. Babchuk (2) assisted by R. Whitney (4)
  • 4 – 1 CAR – 4:14 – CAR: E. Staal (2) assisted by J. Corvo (1), R. Whitney (5)

TEAM STATS:

#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes

#45 ‘76-’77 Barons

4

Goals

1

58

Shots

44

0/2

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

P. Eaves (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Cam Ward (CAR)
  • 2nd Star: Gilles Meloche (CLE)
  • 3rd Star: Joe Corvo (CAR)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#45 ‘76-’77 Barons 1 0 0 1
#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘08-’09 CAR – 2   ‘76-’77 CLE – 1   (4-1   ‘08-’09 CAR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CAR – 5:57 – CAR: R. Brind’Amour (3) assisted by C. LaRose (1), J. Pitkanen (2)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 16:33 – CLE: R. Hampton (2) assisted by A. MacAdam (2), M. Christie (3)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 CAR – 9:32 – PP – CAR: S. Samsonov (1) assisted by E. Staal (1), A. Babchuk (2)

TEAM STATS:

#45 ‘76-’77 Barons

#20 ‘08-’09 Hurricanes

1

Goals

2

32

Shots

55

0/1

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

50%

50%

PK%

100%

GWG

S. Samsonov (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Cam Ward (CAR)
  • 2nd Star: Gilles Meloche (CLE)
  • 3rd Star: Rick Hampton (CLE)

The ’08-’09 Hurricanes were making their UNP debut and they have matched what both of the previous two UNP reps with their First Round win. However, no Carolina team has advanced past the Second Round. They will face the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings in the Second Round. The ’76-’77 Barons were in their third UNP and they are still looking for their first series win, which will probably never happen honestly.

Next up in the First Round, the 25th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks take on the 40th-seeded ’77-’78 Colorado Rockies!

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