Robinson’s OT Goal Clinches Third UNP Title as Top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens Sweep 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Oilers

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Much like in Game 2, it was the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers who broke out to an early lead. It took just five minutes and ten seconds for Wayne Gretzky to score his 30th of the tournament. Then, halfway through the opening period, the Oilers added to their lead with Glenn Anderson‘s 21st of the tournament. Gretzky registered the primary assist. Edmonton opened up a 3-0 lead when defenseman Randy Gregg scored his first goal of the tourney with about a minute and forty second remaining in the first. The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, with just 16 seconds left, ended Edmonton’s run with defenseman Serge Savard‘s first goal of the tournament.

The game remained 3-1 in favor of Edmonton going into the second period and just after the eight minute mark, Guy Lafleur interfered with Oilers goalie Andy Moog sending Edmonton to the game’s first PP. The Canadiens PK was able to kill it off and shortly after Lafleur left the box, Yvan Cournoyer scored his 13th to cut the lead down to one. A little over a minute later Anderson was given a double-minor for high-sticking, which sent a red hot Montreal PP to work. It only took 33 seconds into the first minor for Steve Shutt to score his 18th, unassisted, to tie the game at three. The second minor was killed off by the Oilers, but they were shorthanded again in the final couple minutes of the middle frame when defenseman Charlie Huddy was called for holding. They would be able to kill that one off.

After two periods, the Oilers held a slight shot advantage 17-15. They then retook their lead three and a half minutes into the third when Gretzky scored his second of the night. Mark Messier, again, tallied the only helper. Almost five minutes later, the Oilers took another multi-goal lead when Ken Linseman notched his seventh of the tourney. However, less than a minute later, Doug Risebrough scored his third to make it a one-goal game again. Then, a couple minutes later, Edmonton retook a two-goal lead when Gretzky completed his hat trick bid. He now has 32 goals on the tournament. After missing out on an opportunity on the PP, the Canadiens did narrow the lead back to one courtesy of Shutt’s second of the game.

That left just under five minutes left in regulation. Montreal would not need all five of those minutes though as defenseman Guy Lapointe tied it with about three minutes and 20 second remaining. It remained tied after regulation, but Edmonton continued to have a slight lead in shots. That would not last early on in overtime. Defenseman Larry Robinson scored 6:21 into overtime to clinch the title for the Canadiens as Montreal wins their third UNP title out of three tries. During those six plus minutes of play, the Canadiens outshot the Oilers 5-1. So, the Oilers held 3-0, 5-3 and 6-4 leads, but could not close the door on Montreal’s offense, which nobody really did all tournament long. 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens 1 2 3 1 7
#6 ‘82-’83 Oilers 3 0 3 0 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘76-’77 MTL – 7   ‘82-’83 EDM – 6   (OT)   (4-0   ‘76-’77 MTL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 EDM – 5:10 – EDM: W. Gretzky (30) assisted by M. Messier (26)
  • 2 – 0 EDM – 10:27 – EDM: G. Anderson (21) assisted by W. Gretzky (38), R. Gregg (7)
  • 3 – 0 EDM – 18:19 – EDM: R. Gregg (1) assisted by G. Anderson (32)
  • 3 – 1 EDM – 19:44 – MTL: S. Savard (1) assisted by L. Robinson (35)

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 2 EDM – 10:16 – MTL: Y. Cournoyer (13) assisted by L. Robinson (36), P. Mahovlich (18)
  • 3 – 3 tie – 12:02 – PP – MTL: S. Shutt (18) unassisted

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 3 EDM – 3:34 – EDM: W. Gretzky (31) assisted by M. Messier (27)
  • 5 – 3 EDM – 8:26 – EDM: K. Linseman (7) assisted by D. Semenko (6), D. Jackson (2)
  • 5 – 4 EDM – 9:11 – MTL: D. Risebrough (3) assisted by L. Robinson (37), M. Tremblay (3)
  • 6 – 4 EDM – 11:40 – EDM: W. Gretzky (32) assisted by G. Anderson (33), P. Coffey (24)
  • 6 – 5 EDM – 15:05 – MTL: S. Shutt (19) assisted by G. Lafleur (16), S. Savard (10)
  • 6 – 6 tie – 16:39 – MTL: G. Lapointe (13) assisted by G. Lafleur (17)

Overtime:

  • 7 – 6 MTL – 6:21 – MTL: L. Robinson (5) assisted by Y. Lambert (5), M. Tremblay (4)

TEAM STATS:

#1 ‘76-’77 Canadiens

#6 ‘82-’83 Oilers

7

Goals

6

32

Shots

29

1/4

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

3/4

25%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

75%

L. Robinson (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Larry Robinson (MTL) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +1   5 S   GWG
  • 2nd Star: Wayne Gretzky (EDM) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +1   8 S
  • 3rd Star: Glenn Anderson (EDM) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   2 S   4 PIM

The Montreal Canadiens are the Ultimate NHL Champions!!! They have now won all three Ultimate NHL Playoffs! This concludes the Third Annual UNP! Next up will be the final stat leaders update and the UNP Award recipients before I get to the individual team recaps!

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