30th-seeded ’85-’86 Whalers Pull Off Major Upset; Defeat 3rd-seeded ’07-’08 Red Wings in Six Games

Ray Ferraro was one of a few players in the ’85-’86 Whalers to light it up as they pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far. (via Getty Images/B Bennett)

The 3rd-seeded ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings carried play for most of this series, but it was the 30th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers who pulled off the upset in six games. The Red Wings averaged 48.3 shots on goal per game while the Whalers averaged only 34.5 shots on goal per game and Hartford was able to outscore Detroit by only a total of four goals in the series.

The Wings had a pretty balanced scoring attack with 16 different players registering a point and Pavel Datsyuk led them all with 11 points over the six games. Henrik Zetterberg was second, of course, behind Pavel with 8 points. However, it was The Mule, Johan Franzen, who led them in goal scoring with five genos. Datsyuk and Zetterberg were tied with Valtteri Filppular for second with four goals. Pavel also led Detroit in helpers with seven assists while defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was second with five. Chris Osgood was the starting goaltender for Detroit at the beginning of this series, but was pulled after Game 3 for his rocky performances. He finished the series with four total appearances and a record of 1-2-0 with a 3.50 goals against average and a .857 save percentage. His replacement after Game 3 was Dominik Hasek, who didn’t fair much better. He also posted a 1-2-0 record to go with his 4.67 goals against average and a .864 save percentage. So, they really were not doing the Wings any favors with their play in net.

The top line for Hartford was firing in all cylinders in this series. The trio of Kevin Dineen, Ron Francis and Sylvain Turgeon combined for a total of 30 points over the six games. Turgeon was tied as the overall scoring leader with 12 points with Ray Ferraro. Dineen was alone in second with 11 points. Turgeon was also the team’s goal scoring leader in the series with seven goals in the six games. Ferraro was alone in second with five while Dineen was right behind him with four. Ferraro was also the tied for the team lead in assists at seven with Dineen. Behind them, Francis and Turgeon were tied for second with five assists each. In goal, Mike Liut didn’t have to do much to out-duel his counterparts from Detroit. He posted a 4-2-2 record with a 4.00 goals against average, but a .917 save percentage, which was crucial since his team was badly outshot at times.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. HAR – C – Ray Ferraro – 6 GP   5 G   7 A   12 P   +7   18 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   8 Star Points
  2. HAR – LW – Sylvain Turgeon – 6 GP   7 G   5 A   12 P   Even   43 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   6 Star Points
  3. DET – C – Pavel Datsyuk – 6 GP   4 G   7 A   11 P   Even   43 S   0 PIM   6 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers 2 3 0 5
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 4 0 3 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘07-’08 DET – 7   ‘85-’86 HAR – 5   (1-0   ‘07-’08 DET)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAR – 1:53 – HAR: K. Dineen (3) assisted by R. Ferraro (3), D. Murzyn (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 13:30 – DET: J. Franzen (1) assisted by T. Holmstrom (1)
  • 2 – 1 DET – 14:40 – DET: V. Filppula (1) assisted by B. Rafalski (1), N. Lidstrom (1)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 15:02 – HAR: S. Gavin (1) assisted by D. Babych (6), R. Ferraro (4)
  • 3 – 2 DET – 18:30 – DET: P. Datsyuk (1) assisted by D. Cleary (1)
  • 4 – 2 DET – 19:50 – PP – DET: H. Zetterberg (1) assisted by N. Lidstrom (2), P. Datsyuk (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4 – 3 DET – 2:48 – HAR: J. Quenneville (2) assisted by S. Turgeon (4), K. Dineen (5)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 3:19 – HAR: S. Turgeon (4) assisted by J. Anderson (5), R. Francis (5)
  • 5 – 4 HAR – 9:19 – HAR: J. Anderson (7) assisted by S. Turgeon (5), J. Quenneville (6)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 5 tie – 1:16 – DET: V. Filppula (2) assisted by A. Lilja (1)
  • 6 – 5 DET – 7:03 – PP – DET: B. Rafalski (1) assisted by P. Datsyuk (2), N. Kronwall (1)
  • 7 – 5 DET – 12:03 – DET: J. Hudler (1) assisted by M. Ellis (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers

#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings

5

Goals

7

35

Shots

60

PP

2/3

1/3

SH

PP%

66%

33%

PK%

GWG

B. Rafalski (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Valtteri Filppula (DET)
  • 2nd Star: Pavel Datsyuk (DET)
  • 3rd Star: Sylvain Turgeon (HAR)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers 0 3 1 4
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘85-’86 HAR – 4   ‘07-’08 DET – 2   (1-1)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAR – 0:45 – HAR: S. Turgeon (5) unassisted
  • 2 – 0 HAR – 6:02 – HAR: J. Anderson (8) assisted by D. Murzyn (2), R. Francis (6)
  • 3 – 0 HAR – 13:08 – HAR: K. Dineen (4) assisted by R. Ferraro (5)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 HAR – 3:37 – DET: T. Holmstrom (1) assisted by N. Lidstrom (3), K. Maltby (1)
  • 4 – 1 HAR – 14:49 – HAR: R. Ferraro (2) assisted by S. Gavin (3), K. Dineen (6)
  • 4 – 2 HAR – 15:02 – DET: H. Zetterberg (2) assisted by P. Datsyuk (3), A. Lilja (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers

#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings

4

Goals

2

24

Shots

48

0/1

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

K. Dineen (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Mike Liut (HAR)
  • 2nd Star: Ray Ferraro (HAR)
  • 3rd Star: Kevin Dineen (HAR)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 1 0 1 2
#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers 1 1 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘85-’86 HAR – 5   ‘07-’08 DET – 2   (2-1   ‘85-’86 HAR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAR – 2:01 – PP – HAR: J. Anderson (9) assisted by R. Ferraro (6)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 7:03 – DET: T. Holmstrom (2) assisted by J. Franzen (1), K. Maltby (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 HAR – 14:27 – HAR: R. Ferraro (3) assisted by K. Dineen (7), D. Babych (7)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 1:42 – DET: V. Filppula (3) assisted by J. Hudler (1), B. Lebda (1)
  • 3 – 2 HAR – 5:52 – HAR: S. Turgeon (6) assisted by K. Dineen (8)
  • 4 – 2 HAR – 10:25 – HAR: S. Gavin (2) assisted by K. Dineen (9), R. Ferraro (7)
  • 5 – 2 HAR – 13:33 – HAR: R. Ferraro (4) assisted by T. Bothwell (3)

 

TEAM STATS:

#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings

#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers

2

Goals

5

45

Shots

35

0/3

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

50%

50%

PK%

100%

GWG

S. Turgeon (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Ray Ferraro (HAR)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Liut (HAR)
  • 3rd Star: Kevin Dineen (HAR)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 0 2 3 5
#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers 2 2 2 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘85-’86 HAR – 6   ‘07-’08 DET – 5   (3-1   ‘85-’86 HAR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAR – 10:33 – HAR: D. Evason (1) assisted by R. Neufeld (1), D. Murzyn (3)
  • 2 – 0 HAR – 12:39 – HAR: R. Ferraro (5) unassisted

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 HAR – 0:54 – HAR: R. Francis (8) assisted by S. Turgeon (6), J. Anderson (6)
  • 3 – 1 HAR – 1:00 – DET: J. Franzen (2) assisted by N. Lidstrom (4), T. Holmstrom (2)
  • 4 – 1 HAR – 9:01 – HAR; K. Dineen (5) assisted by U. Samuelsson (2), R. Ferraro (8)
  • 4 – 2 HAR – 13:03 – DET: B. Rafalski (2) assisted by H. Zetterberg (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 3 HAR – 3:07 – DET: P. Datsyuk (2) assisted by H. Zetterberg (2), C. Chelios (1)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 10:16 – DET: J. Franzen (3) assisted by T. Holmstrom (3), C. Chelios (2)
  • 5 – 4 HAR – 10:44 – HAR: D. Evason (2) assisted by U. Samuelsson (3), P. Lawless (1)
  • 6 – 4 HAR – 13:10 – HAR: R. Ferraro (6) assisted by S. Gavin (4), K. Dineen (10)
  • 6 – 5 HAR – 13:20 – PP – DET: H. Zetterberg (3) assisted by P. Datsyuk (4), T. Kopecky (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings

#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers

5

Goals

6

53

Shots

37

1/3

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

2/3

33%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

66%

GWG

R. Ferraro (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Ray Ferraro (HAR)
  • 2nd Star: Johan Franzen (DET)
  • 3rd Star: Dean Evason (HAR)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers 1 1 0 2
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘07-’08 DET – 4   ‘85-’86 HAR – 2   (3-2   ‘85-’86 HAR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAR – 10:13 – HAR: S. Turgeon (7) assisted by R. Francis (7), K. Dineen (11)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 13:26 – DET: P. Datsyuk (3) assisted by H. Zetterberg (3)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 DET – 6:58 – DET: V. Filppula (4) assisted by N. Lidstrom (5), J. Hudler (2)
  • 3 – 1 DET – 11:17 – DET: J. Franzen (4) assisted by B. Rafalski (2)
  • 3 – 2 DET – 18:22 – HAR: S. Turgeon (8) assisted by R. Francis (8), J. Anderson (7)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 2 DET – 19:05 – SH – DET: P. Datsyuk (4) assisted by N. Kronwall (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers

#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings

2

Goals

4

32

Shots

40

0/2

PP

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Franzen (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Pavel Datsyuk (DET)
  • 2nd Star: Sylvain Turgeon (HAR)
  • 3rd Star: Dominik Hasek (DET)

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 2 1 1 4
#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers 1 2 3 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘85-’86 HAR – 6   ‘07-’08 DET – 4   (4-2   ‘85-’86 HAR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 DET – 0:28 – DET: H. Zetterberg (4) assisted by P. Datsyuk (5), D. Cleary (2)
  • 2 – 0 DET – 10:11 – DET: D. Cleary (1) assisted by B. Rafalski (3), P. Datsyuk (6)
  • 2 – 1 DET – 11:49 – HAR: K. Dineen (6) assisted by S. Turgeon (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 1:08 – HAR: S. Turgeon (9) assisted by D. Babych (8), R. Francis (9)
  • 3 – 2 HAR – 10:18 – HAR: R. Neufeld (4) assisted by D. Evason (4), J. Quenneville (7)
  • 3 – 3 tie – 17:27 – DET: D. Cleary (2) assisted by H. Zetterberg (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 3 HAR – 3:14 – HAR: R. Francis (9) assisted by S. Turgeon (8)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 6:37 – DET: J. Franzen (5) assisted by T. Holmstrom (4)
  • 5 – 4 HAR – 6:45 – HAR: S. Gavin (3) assisted by R. Ferraro (9)
  • 6 – 4 HAR – 9:03 – HAR: S. Turgeon (10) assisted by U. Samuelsson (4)
    • DET replaces starting goalie D. Hasek w/backup C. Osgood

 

TEAM STATS:

#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings

#30 ‘85-’86 Whalers

4

Goals

6

44

Shots

44

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

GWG

S. Gavin (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Sylvain Turgeon (HAR)
  • 2nd Star: Daniel Cleary (DET)
  • 3rd Star: Pavel Datsyuk (DET)

The ’85-’86 Whalers have appeared in all three Ultimate NHL Playoffs and they’ve incrementally done better ever year. After being a one-and-done in the inaugural tourney, they made it to the Second Round last year and now they have pulled off a major upset to clinch their first appearance in the Third Round. The ’07-’08 Red Wings have also appeared in all three UNP, but this is the first time they are one-and-done. They made it all the way to the Quarterfinal last year, but are out in the Second Round this year.

Up next in the Second Round, the 5th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks face the 28th-seeded ’72-’73 Minnesota North Stars!

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