Top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens Prove Way Too Much for 25th-seeded ’09-’10 Sharks in Sweep

The friggin' blue line on this Canadiens team is insane. ___ Lapointe was one of three future Hall of Fame defenseman on this team. (via rds.ca)

The friggin’ blue line on this Canadiens team is insane. Guy Lapointe was one of three future Hall of Fame defenseman on this team. (via rds.ca)

Shut down defense and over-powering offense. Pretty much a consistent story for the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens. I thought coming into this series that maybe the offense for the 25th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks would put up a fight, but that did not even come close to happening.

Defenseman Guy Lapointe led a balanced offensive attack Les Habs with seven points. Wingers Yvan Cournoyer and Guy Lafleur were tied for second with six points. Both defenseman Larry Robinson and Pete Mahovlich joined the previous three as Canadiens who averaged at least a point per game during the series with five and four points, respectively. 10 different players scored a goal for Montreal with Cournoyer leading the way at four. However, Lafleur, Lapointe, Yvon Lambert and Steve Shutt were the only other Canadiens to score more than once in the series with two goals each. Lapointe was also tied for the team lead in assists at five with Robinson while Lafleur was right behind them in second with four helpers. Goaltender Ken Dryden was not very busy, again. However, he did face an increase in shots than their previous series’. Therefore his save percentage was better than his overall save percentage in this tournament. He posted a 4-0-0 record with a 1.25 goals against average and a .952 save percentage, as well as a 22-save shutout in Game 2.

The Sharks scored just five times during this series. Five goals in four games is something you see in one of those First Round sweeps that involves a franchise that last less than five years. Patrick Marleau was responsible for two of those goals, therefore he was the lead leader in goal-scoring. Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi all scored once to account for the remaining three goals. Only six players registered an assist for the Sharks with Joe Thornton leading the way with three. Dany Heatley and defensemen Dan Boyle and Kent Huskins were three of the only other five players to tally an assist. Thornton’s three points also meant that he was San Jose’s overall leading scorer while Marleau and Setoguchi were second with two points each. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has had a good tournament, up until now. He had not been pulled from a game until this series either. He finished the series with an 0-4-0 record to go along with a 4.25 goals against average with a dismal .872 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. MTL – D – Guy Lapointe – 5 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   +10   28 S   0 PIM   5 Star Points
  2. MTL – RW – Guy Lafleur – 5 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   +7   8 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   4 Star Points
  3. MTL – RW – Yvan Cournoyer – 5 GP   4 G   2 A   6 P   +5   10 S   0 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 0 0 1 1
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 2 3 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 MTL – 6   ‘09-’10 SJS – 1   (1-0   ‘76-’77 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 5:10 – MTL: M. Tremblay (3) assisted by L. Robinson (19), S. Savard (6)
  • 2 – 0 MTL – 6:58 – MTL: B. Gainey (3) assisted by R. Houle (2), G. Lapointe (15)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 MTL – 0:35 – MTL: J. Lemaire (5) assisted by L. Robinson (20), G. Lafleur (5)
  • 4 – 0 MTL – 10:53 – MTL: Y. Cournoyer (8) assisted by L. Robinson (21)
  • 5 – 0 MTL – 19:47 – MTL: G. Lapointe (5) assisted by J. Lemaire (9)
    • SJS replaces starting goalie E. Nabokov w/backup T. Greiss

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 1 MTL – 17:05 – SJS: D. Setoguchi (7) assisted by J. Thornton (20), D. Murray (3)
  • 6 – 1 MTL – 17:55 – MTL: Y. Lambert (2) assisted by M. Tremblay (2), G. Lapointe (16)

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

1

Goals

6

23

Shots

44

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

GWG

B. Gainey (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lapointe (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Larry Robinson (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Jacques Lemaire (MTL)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 0 0 0 0
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 1 0 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 MTL – 3   ‘09-’10 SJS – 0   (2-0   ‘76-’77 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 10:43 – SH – MTL: P. Mahovlich (2) assisted by S. Savard (7), Y. Cournoyer (4)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 0 MTL – 1:04 – MTL: Y. Cournoyer (9) assisted by P. Mahovlich (10)
  • 3 – 0 MTL – 5:30 – MTL: R. Houle (3) assisted by D. Jarvis (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

0

Goals

3

22

Shots

35

0/3

PP

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

GWG

P. Mahovlich (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Ken Dryden (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Yvan Cournoyer (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Pete Mahovlich (MTL)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 0 2 3 5
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 0 1 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 MTL – 5   ‘09-’10 SJS – 3   (3-0   ‘76-’77 MTL)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 SJS – 1:12 – SJS: J. Pavelski (6) assisted by D. Heatley (15), K. Huskins (7)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 2:48 – MTL: G. Lapointe (6) assisted by G. Lafleur (6)
  • 2 – 1 MTL – 10:46 – MTL: M. Wilson (2) assisted by P. Mahovlich (11), L. Robinson (22)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 MTL – 0:39 – MTL: Y. Cournoyer (10) unassisted
  • 4 – 1 MTL – 3:02 – MTL: G. Lafleur (7) assisted by G. Lapointe (17)
  • 5 – 1 MTL – 3:08 – MTL: G. Lafleur (8) assisted by J. Lemaire (10), G. Lapointe (18)
    • SJS replaces starting goalie E. Nabokov w/backup T. Greiss
  • 5 – 2 MTL – 12:39 – PP – SJS: P. Marleau (12) unassisted
  • 5 – 3 MTL – 18:09 – SJS: P. Marleau (13) assisted by J. Thornton (21), D. Boyle (25)

 

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

5

Goals

3

31

Shots

37

0/2

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

100%

G. Lafleur (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Guy Lapointe (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Patrick Marleau (SJS)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 1 1 2 4
#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 MTL – 4   ‘09-’10 SJS – 1   (4-0   ‘76-’77 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 0:42 – MTL: S. Shutt (12) assisted by G. Lafleur (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 MTL – 5:25 – PP – MTL: Y. Lambert (3) assisted by P. Mahovlich (12), Y. Cournoyer (5)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 0 MTL – 0:06 – MTL: S. Shutt (12) assisted by G. Lapointe (19), G. Lafleur (8)
  • 3 – 1 MTL – 6:40 – SJS: R. Clowe (9) assisted by J. Thornton (22), D. Setoguchi (4)
  • 4 – 1 MTL – 18:43 – MTL: Y. Cournoyer (11) assisted by L. Robinson (23)

 

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

#25 ‘09-’10 Sharks

4

Goals

1

45

Shots

22

1/1

PP

SH

0/1

100%

PP%

PK%

0%

Y. Lambert (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Steve Shutt (MTL)
  • 2nd Star: Yvan Cournoyer (MTL)
  • 3rd Star: Guy Lafleur (MTL)

What do I need to say about the ’76-’77 Canadiens? They’re inching closer to winning their second Ultimate NHL Championship and third for the franchise. They will either face the 12th-seeded ’84-’85 Philadelphia Flyers or the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings in the Semifinal. Last year’s representative, who won the Cup, eliminated the Flyers’ representative in the Semifinal Round. For the ’09-’10 Sharks, they’ve been in every UNP and have done incrementally better every year. They were out in the Third Round last year, but were able to break through that and make it to the Quarterfinal this year.

Up next in the Quarterfinal, the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers face the 19th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim!

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