Top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens Easily Take Game 1 Over 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Oilers w/6-2 Win

Guy Lapointe was named First Star in Game 1 for his goal and two assists in Montreal’s 6-2 win. (via rds.ca)

The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens continued their pattern of scoring early goals with a goal from defenseman Guy Lapointe, his 11th, just over three minutes into Game 1. The first period ended with that scoreline despite the Habs outshooting the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers 16-4. Edmonton goalie Andy Moog was very busy, clearly, but was keeping the game close, but that would not last in the second period. Rejean Houle finally broke through Moog with his fourth of the tournament eleven minutes into the middle frame. That would be the start of the breaching of the floodgates. Exactly at the 12 minute mark, Mark Messier was sent off for high-sticking. Guy Lafleur responded for Montreal on the resulting PP with his 12 of the tournament to open up a 3-0 lead.

Edmonton got on the board with two and a half minutes remaining in the second period when Pat Hughes scored his sixth. However, about 30 seconds later, the Canadiens reinstated their three-goal lead when Mario Tremblay potted his fifth. That 4-1 scoreline carried over into the third period with Montreal holding a 34-13 shot advantage through those two periods. The Oilers got a big opportunity early in the third to cut the lead in half when Doug Risebrough was called for holding, but the Canadiens’ PK did not break. Then, almost nine minutes into the period, Houle potted his second goal of the game to make it 5-1 and thus ended the night for Andy Moog as he was pulled for backup Grant Fuhr. It was the first time this tournament that Moog was pulled from a game. Montreal added one more just two minutes later through Murray Wilson to make it 6-1 and Messier slammed home a rebound for his 16th of the tournament for the 6-2 final.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#6 ‘82-’83 Oilers 0 1 1 2
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 1 3 2 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 MTL – 6   ‘82-’83 EDM – 2   (1-0   ‘76-’77 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MTL – 3:06 – MTL: G. Lapointe (11) assisted by Y. Cournoyer (12), M. Wilson (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 MTL – 11:02 – MTL: R. Houle (4) assisted by G. Lapointe (26)
  • 3 – 0 MTL – 12:13 – PP – MTL: G. Lafleur (12) assisted by J. Lemaire (16)
  • 3 – 1 MTL – 17:31 – EDM: P. Hughes (6) assisted by K. Linseman (2), D. Semenko (5)
  • 4 – 1 MTL – 18:05 – MTL: M. Tremblay (5) assisted by D. Risebrough (2), G. Lapointe (27)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 1 MTL – 8:55 – MTL: R. Houle (5) assisted by B. Gainey (2), L. Robinson (28)
    • EDM pulls starting goalie A. Moog for backup G. Fuhr
  • 6 – 1 MTL – 10:56 – MTL: M. Wilson (5) assisted by P. Mahovlich (15)
  • 6 – 2 MTL – 11:00 – EDM: M. Messier (16) assisted by K. Lowe (7)

 

TEAM STATS:

#6 ‘82-’83 Oilers

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

2

Goals

6

27

Shots

46

0/1

PP

1/4

3/4

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

25%

75%

PK%

100%

GWG

G. Lafleur (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Guy Lapointe (MTL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   2 S
  • 2nd Star: Rejean Houle (MTL) – 2 G   +1   3 S
  • 3rd Star: Murray Wilson (MTL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

Edmonton will have a chance to even the series up 1-1 with Game 2 on Wednesday night at 8 pm EST! Again, you can follow along live @UltimateNHLPlay on twitter!

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