Top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens Comeback Multiple Times to Take Game 2, 6-5, and Open Up 2-0 Series Lead

Defenseman Larry Robinson (left) tallied three helpers meanwhile fellow Hall of Famer, Guy Lafleur (right), registered a goal and an assist. (via cbssports.com)

The 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers never really got going in Game 1. Well, they got going early here in Game 2. Jaroslav Pouzar scored just three minutes and 20 seconds into the game, his seventh of the tournament, to give Edmonton their first lead of the Ultimate NHL Playoff Final. Then, after just 42 seconds, defenseman Paul Coffey scored his fifth of the tourney to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead. Later in the first, with about four and a half minutes left in the period, Jari Kurri was called for cross-checking and sent the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens to the PP. It took less then 30 seconds for the Habs to capitalize when Steve Shutt scored his 17th to cut the lead down to 2-1. Montreal went back on the PP when Wayne Gretzky was sent off for cross-checking, as well, with just over two minutes remaining in the period. This time, it took almost the full PP before the Canadiens capitalized as Guy Lafleur potted his 13th to tie the game with just seven seconds left in the opening frame.

Early on in the second period, the Oilers were given their first PP of the game after defenseman Serge Savard was given a two-minute minor for high-sticking. Kurri made up for his earlier penalty by scoring just 41 seconds into their PP to give Edmonton the lead again. However, with just under three minutes left, the Canadiens were given another PP when defenseman Lee Fogolin Jr. was called for a cross-check. Again, Montreal took advantage as this time, Pete Mahovlich notched his sixth of the tourney. The game remained tied 3-3 going into the third period. The Habs took their first lead of the game a little over a minute into the third courtesy of Yvan Cournoyer, his 12th. However, five and a half minutes later, Mark Messier notted it back up for Edmonton with his 17th. Eight minutes later Rejean Houle scored his third of the Final and sixth of the tournament to give Montreal the lead again and they took their first multiple goal lead 30 seconds later when defenseman Guy Lapointe scored his 12th for a 6-4 lead. Just about a minute later, Gretzky scored his 28th to cut the lead down to one for Edmonton with just about three and a half minutes left. However, Ken Dryden, who did not have a good game, and the Canadiens’ defense were able to keep the Oilers at bay to hold on for a 6-5 win and a 2-0 series lead. 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#6 ‘82-’83 Oilers 2 1 2 5
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 2 1 3 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 MTL – 6   ‘82-’83 EDM – 5   (2-0   ‘76-’77 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 EDM – 3:20 – EDM: J. Pouzar (7) assisted by W. Gretzky (36), P. Coffey (23)
  • 2 – 0 EDM – 4:02 – EDM: P. Coffey (5) assisted by J. Kurri (8), D. Hunter (9)
  • 2 – 1 EDM – 16:08 – PP – MTL: S. Shutt (17) assisted by J. Lemaire (17), G. Lafleur (15)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 19:53 – PP – MTL: G. Lafleur (13) assisted by S. Shutt (10), L. Robinson (29)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 2 EDM – 2:52 – PP – EDM: J. Kurri (11) assisted by D. Hunter (10), M. Messier (25)
  • 3 – 3 tie – 18:04 – PP – MTL: P. Mahovlich (6) assisted by Y. Cournoyer (13), S. Savard (8)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 3 MTL – 6:36 – MTL: Y. Cournoyer (12) assisted by L. Robinson (30), P. Mahovlich (16)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 6:36 – EDM: M. Messier (17) assisted by J. Kurri (9)
  • 5 – 4 MTL – 14:47 – MTL: R. Houle (6) assisted by G. Lapointe (28)
  • 6 – 4 MTL – 15:26 – MTL: G. Lapointe (12) assisted by Y. Lambert (4), L. Robinson (31)
  • 6 – 5 MTL – 16:22 – EDM: W. Gretzky (28) assisted by G. Anderson (31), K. Lowe (8)

 

TEAM STATS:

#6 ‘82-’83 Oilers

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

5

Goals

6

25

Shots

40

1/1

PP

3/3

0/3

SH

0/1

100%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

0%

GWG

G. Lapointe (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Larry Robinson (MTL) – 3 A   +1   9 S
  • 2nd Star: Jari Kurri (EDM) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S   2 PIM
  • 3rd Star: Mark Messier (EDM) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S

The series switches to Edmonton now for Game 3 on Friday night at 8 pm EST! Follow along live @UltimateNHLPlay on twitter!

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