ATD#7 Bob Cole Division Final: #1 Canadiens vs. #2 Wanderers

VanIslander
06-05-2007, 06:56 AM
Montreal Canadiens

Coach: Jack Adams

Sid Smith - Stan Mikita - Ken Wharram
Gary Roberts (A) - Sid Abel (A) - Babe Dye
Tomas Holmstrom - Ken Mosdell - George Armstrong (C)
Tony Leswick- Glen Skov - Ed Westfall
Jim Peplinski

Brad Park - Pat Stapleton
Guy Lapointe - Keith Magnuson
Barry Beck - Barry Ashbee
Marty McSorely

Ken Dryden
Roger Crozier
Rollie Melanson

vs.

Montreal Wanderers

Coach: Herb Brooks

Reg Noble - Wayne Gretzky (A) - Brett Hull
Billy Burch - Frank Nighbor (A) - Dany Heatley
Dirk Graham - Dave Poulin - Hooley Smith
Wendel Clark - Frank Frederickson - Bill Guerin
Josef Malecek

Lionel Conacher (C) - Harry Cameron
Chris Pronger - Kevin Hatcher
Jack Laviolette - Mike Grant
Jiri Bubla

George Hainsworth
Pelle Lindbergh
Miikka Kiprusoff

John Flyers Fan
06-05-2007, 11:51 AM
At first glance it sppears that Gretzky is going to have to continue to be th ebest player remaining in the playoffs, and quite possibly have to raise his game another notch to make up for the advantages the Habs have in goal and on the blueline.

Nalyd Psycho
06-05-2007, 11:56 AM
I see the Canadiens going down hard. They have a crippling weakness with size upfront. Aurora didn't have the defence to capitalize. Pronger and Conacher absolutly have the size and game to really put the screws to the Habs forwards.

pitseleh
06-05-2007, 02:00 PM
I see the Canadiens going down hard. They have a crippling weakness with size upfront. Aurora didn't have the defence to capitalize. Pronger and Conacher absolutly have the size and game to really put the screws to the Habs forwards.

I don't know if I agree. While having Conacher on the ice against Montreal's top line is a big advantage for the Wanderers, I think that there is enough offensive talent on that line to exploit Cameron defensively.

I also think that the Canadiens has a sizeable edge in keeping the puck out of the net. Dryden has a huge edge on Hainsworth and Montreal has a pretty good collection of defensive defensemen. I also like the Leswick-Skov-Westfall line slightly more defensively than the Selke line for the Wanderers. Adams also gives them an edge behind the bench.

The Wanderers will need their offense to be firing on all cylinders, and to get some pretty significant secondary scoring, both from their second line and their defense.

LapierreSports
06-05-2007, 04:32 PM
Well, Im not surprise as some that the Wanderers are squaring off against their ''across the town'' rivals in the Bob Cole division final.

We have the best player in NHL history on our team feeding the purest goal scorer of the modern era. A greater capacity for secondary scoring combined with our Big 3 on D and solid goaltending.

The Arena will be packed for what has already been dubbed in the Journal de Montréal as an epic series.

Nalyd Psycho
06-06-2007, 03:06 AM
I don't know if I agree. While having Conacher on the ice against Montreal's top line is a big advantage for the Wanderers, I think that there is enough offensive talent on that line to exploit Cameron defensively.

I also think that the Canadiens has a sizeable edge in keeping the puck out of the net. Dryden has a huge edge on Hainsworth and Montreal has a pretty good collection of defensive defensemen. I also like the Leswick-Skov-Westfall line slightly more defensively than the Selke line for the Wanderers. Adams also gives them an edge behind the bench.

The Wanderers will need their offense to be firing on all cylinders, and to get some pretty significant secondary scoring, both from their second line and their defense.
I agree that the Canadiens have stronger defensive forwards, although the Wanderers have the best in the series with Nighbor.

The key for me is that the Canadiens have one critical weakness, and the Wanderers have players that can easily exploit it.

JaymzB
06-06-2007, 07:13 AM
The Arena will be packed for what has already been dubbed in the Journal de Montréal as an epic series.

I wonder if this is the series that will finally explode the powder keg that is Montreal. The Anglo Wanderers vs. the Franco Canadiens? We have seen in the past what hockey can do to the city on Montreal (55 and 93 come to mind), but how will this play out on the streets. Could be a good thing the Expos are gone (can't beleive I just typed that :( ) cause I wouldn't want to be an Anglo wearing my Wanderers jersey over to the Big O in the east end.

John Flyers Fan
06-09-2007, 10:25 PM
Montral Forum - The fireworks begin long before puck drop. The Wanderers need a police escort just to get into the building, and the entire city of Montreal has become a powder keg ready to explode.

The game opens cautiously, but it quick desintigrates into brtually physical contest, as both teams seem to realize that not only is a place in the Conference Finals at stake, but perhaps more importantly city bragging rights. The game begins slowly until Gary Roberts coming in hard on the forecheck, buries harry Cameron from behind. Cameron crumples to the ground with blood streaming from his forehead. Wendal Clark comes to Cameron's defense and jumps Roberts, and begins pouring right hands to Roberts face, Roberts gets Clark in a bear-hug and wrestles him to the ice. Damage done - Cameron is done for the night, Clark 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct ... Roberts 4 inutes for charging and 5 for fighting. One of Park and Lapointe are always on the ice and do a great jpb against the Gretzky line early on. No score after one period of play, shots 8 - 6 in favor of the Habs.

Period two begins with more fireworks, Barry Beck catches Heatey with his down and sends him sprawling with a huge shoulder early on. The Habs go to the power play after Bill Guerin gets called for high sticking. On the Canadiens power play, Pronger is whisted for cross checking after cross checking Holmstrom in the ribs leaving him crumpled on the ice. Mikits goes to work on the long 5-on-3, running the power play from the side boards, he catches a streaking Brad Park and Park roofs one over the shoulder of George Hainsworth, making it 1-0 Habs. Just over 4 minutes later Guy Lapointe springs Mikita and Wharram on a 2-on-1 ... a quick give and go .. Mikita to Wharram and back again, ends in the red light being turned on again. Period two ends with the score Habs 2 - 0 . Shots 21 - 16 in favor of the Canadiens.

Period 3 becomes the Ken Dryden show as the Wanderers begin to dictate the play. Dryden makes superlative stops on Heatley, Geurin and Pronger in a 4 minute stretch early in the 3rd period. Moments later Brett Hull rips a one timer off the crossbar and the wanderers have the Habs on their heels. Eight minutes remaining the puck hardly seems to leave the Canadiens zone, but The Wanderers can't find a way to beat Dryden. Finally Kevin Hatcher gets caught trying to pinch and George Armstrong and Ken Modsell streak away on a 2-on-1, Armstrong looks to Modsell and then fires high to the shortside catching Hainsworth thinking pass. This goal with four minutes remaining breaks the Wanderers spirt as they don't record another shot on goal the rest of the game. With under 90 seconds remaining, Bill Guerin decides to leaving a calling card catching Babe Dye with an elbow and then earning a decision over Barry Beck in a batter that saw both exit the ice sans helmets or jerseys. Final score 3-0 ... shots 30 - 26 in favor of the Canadiens.












Mikita and Dryden lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 series lead.

John Flyers Fan
06-09-2007, 11:08 PM
Montreal Forum - The fireworks for this one come from the media, as both RDS and the Le Journal de Montreal both calling out Wayne Gretzky, calling him "overrated" and saying that Guy Lapointe had him in his hip pocket all night long. The Montreal Gazette responds by calling for a suspension of Gary Roberts.

Game two opens just as physically as game one, just two minutes in Mikita is called for charging. Twenty sconds into the power play Gretzky takes a feed from Pronger and feathers a pass between Lapointe and Abel ... Hull fires a one timer, and lights the lamp through Dryden's 5-hole. Just four minutes late on a 3-on-2 Gretzky carries up the left wing, he circles at the blueline and he hits Kevin Hatcher coming late to make it a 4-on-2, Hatcher walks in the slot and beats Dryden with a quick wrist shot tot eh stick side. Period one ends with the Wanderers leading 2-0 and outshooting the Habs 11 - 6.

The Habs open the seconds period on a power play, after a Guerin high stick, but just 35 seconds in Pronger blocks a shot and hits a breaking Gretzky for a breakaway. Gretzky goes in alone, making a quick move and depositing a backhand past Dryden to make it 3-0. Just 20 seconds while still on the power play, Holmstrom bangs in a Park point drive to cut the score to 3-1. That's where it stands after 2 periods of play, Wanderers leading in shots 21 - 14.

As period three begins, Greatzky again goes to work, first drawing a hooking penalty on Mikita, and then in his office behind the net he finds Billy Burch, who makes it 4-1 just 3 minutes into the 3rd period. Six minutes later Gretzky and Hull break out on a 2-on-1, Gretzky feathers one over Park, as Hull blasts another one timer past Dryden making it 5-1 Wanderers. 90 seconds later Gary Roberts trying to ignite the Habs takes a 5 minute penalty after catching Dave Poulin with an elbow to the head. Gretzky goes back to work behind the net again, this time feeding Pronger, whose point shot is stopped by Dryden, but Gretzky taps the rebound into a empty net for his 2nd goal of the night. Two minutes later, still on the power play Franyie Nighbor finds Dany Heatley for his first of the series. Four minutes remaining and Sid Abel beats Hainsworth with a snap shot from 25 feet to cut the score to 7-2. Just under two minutes remaining and Gretzky strips Lapointe clean and streaking down the wing he fires a slap shot into the top corner for his 3rd goal and 7th point of the night. As Gretzky skates past Dryden and Lapointe he pats, his hip, making reference to his hip pocket. The few hundred Wanderers fans are going beserk watching the Wanderers dance all over the habs in the Forum, and when Gretzky scores his 3rd of the night hats rain down onto the ice from that corner of the building the Wanderers fans have taken over. As the final seconds tick off fights break out in the stands between the delirious Wanderers supporters and the Canadiens faithful. Final score 8-2, shots 33 - 22 in favor of the Wanderers.










Gretzky's hat trick and 7 points tie the series at one a piece.

John Flyers Fan
06-09-2007, 11:13 PM
As the series shifts to the Montreal Arena for game 3:


Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette calls Gretzky's game two performance the finest he's seen in 50 years of watching hockey.

Dave Poulin is doubtful for games 3 & 4 with what's being called "concussion like symptoms".

Gary Roberts has been suspended for 1 game for the elbow to Poulin's head.

vancityluongo
06-09-2007, 11:28 PM
Nice writeups so far JFF.

Murphy
06-09-2007, 11:49 PM
Montreal Forum - The fireworks for this one come from the media, as both RDS and the Le Journal de Montreal both calling out Wayne Gretzky, calling him "overrated" and saying that Guy Lapointe had him in his hip pocket all night long.

Right on! I remember this quote from one of the most memerable, unreal series I ever witnessed.

VanIslander
06-09-2007, 11:50 PM
Dang!

Gretz was 2nd among all players in votes received after two rounds and he's having an impact in the third round.

I got Gretzky in the last all-time draft, paired him up ideally with Kurri, even gave him MacInnis at the point to receive sweet Gretz passes for boom shots... and my team was knocked out in the opening round, pfff.

I guess I got a very young Gretz, and he's just now coming into his own.

John Flyers Fan
06-09-2007, 11:52 PM
Right on! I remember this quote from one of the most memerable, unreal series I ever witnessed.

I think in that one the quote came from Richard Sevigny, Lapointe was the only Francophone I could use.

Nalyd Psycho
06-10-2007, 03:52 AM
Dang!

Gretz was 2nd among all players in votes received after two rounds and he's having an impact in the third round.

I got Gretzky in the last all-time draft, paired him up ideally with Kurri, even gave him MacInnis at the point to receive sweet Gretz passes for boom shots... and my team was knocked out in the opening round, pfff.

I guess I got a very young Gretz, and he's just now coming into his own.
Didn't you have Hainsworth in net as well?

VanIslander
06-10-2007, 03:56 AM
Didn't you have Hainsworth in net as well?
oh the irony! (yes)

John Flyers Fan
06-10-2007, 06:20 PM
Montreal Arena - As george Hainsworth leads the Wanderers on the ice, the home crowd explodes. The English speaking crowd has been taunting the Canadiens all warm-ups long, mocking the sing-song Ole, Ole, Ole chant often heard at the Forum.

Period one opens, and it looks like a continuation from game two. gretzky has the puck on a string, but Dryden makes superlative saves on Hull, Noble and Conacher in the first 7 minutes. The Wanderers are all over the canadiens early, forcing them to take penalties trying to slow them up. Consecutive penalties by Westfall, Dye and Lapointe are killed off, by the brilliance of Dryden and Brad Park. Three minutes remaining and Hainsworth could have had a cup of coffee as the shots are 16-3 in favor of the Wanderers. Two minutes remaining and Jim Peplinski, playing in place of the suspended Gary Roberts tries to get the Habs in the game, by squaring up with Wendal Clark. Clark gets the first shot in, but Peplinski comes across the top and catches Clark twice, before wresting him to the ground. The Habs bench erupts and congratulates Peplinski as he's escorted to the locker room.

Period two opens up and the habs seem energized by the Peplinski throw-down. Mikita begins to assert himself and the Habs continue ot get pucks deep and put pressure on the Wanderers defense. After seven minutes the pressure pays off as Lionel Conacher is whistled for hauling down Wharram as he streaked towards the net. The power play begins with Mikita winning an offensive draw back to Lapointe, who slides it across to park. Park winds and fires, deflected by Holmstrom in front, save is made by Hainsworth, but Mikita pounces on the rebound and lifts it high into the net. The Mikita goal seems to have encouraged the Wanderers as they begin to again press the attack. Gretzky beats Dryden only to have the puck ring off the crossbar. Nighbor sets up Heatley for an empty netter, and Heatley shanks it wide. Three minutes remaining in the period and Park breaks up a Frederickson - Geurin 2-on-1. The period ends with the Canadiens leading 1-0 .... shots are 29-14 in favor of the Wanderers.


Period three - The first half of the third period is a back and forth affair with few chances from either team. Park, Lapointe and Mikita are controlling the play, the Gretzky line has been shutdown since early in the first period. Mikita dumps the puck in and goes off on a a change, Pronger grabs the puck deep in his own end and fires a 120 foot pass right on the tape of Dany Heatley, who uses his size to shield off Keith Magnuson, and move in alone on Dryden, a quick weist shot sneaks through Dryden's 5-hole and as the puck trickles towards the open net a sliding Guy Lapointe clears the puck just inches from the goal line. Six minutes remaining and Dryden still protecting the one goal lead, the Wanderers defense begins to join the attack and Eddie Westfall and Tony Lestwick break out on a 2-on-1. Westfall with a nice pass to Lestwick, who fires and is denied by Hainsworth, the puck lays loose, but Westfall fires the rebound over the net. Three minutes remaining and the Wanderers still have life. We're down to 47seconds remaining and the Habs clinging to a 1-0 lead. Herb Brooks calls time-out, to try and organize one last offensive push. Brooks sends out Gretzky, Hull, Noble, Pronger, Hatcher and Dirk Graham. Graham wins the-face-off and Pronger fires from the point, it hits one of the mass of bodies in front, nobody can find the loose puck .... SCORE !!!!!!! Only the goal judge sees the puck, and nobody knows what happened. Going to the video review .... The shot by Pronger is blocked by Park and it heads to the corner, while everyone is looking around Gretzky pounces on the puck and fires from behind the goal line and banks it off the back of Dryden's leg. The goal stands and its 1-1 with just 27 seconds remaining.

The 3rd period ends, score is 1-1 .. shots are 43 - 24 in favor of the Wanderers.

Overtime - The wanderers faithful explode again as their heroes return for the OT. They've dominated the entire contest and if not for Dryden, would have won this game in a walk. They're screaming urging their boys on for the kill.

Just three and a half minutes in the Wanderers break out 3-on-2. Gretzky pulls up and circles looking for the late man ... Brett Hull joins the rush making it a 4-on-2 .. the pass from Gretzky and Hull blasts the one-timer ... Wanderers fans jump to their feet expecting the winner ..... high and wide, the puck circles around the glass and the Wanderers have 4 men caught in deep ... quick pass by Park .. and Sid Abel and Babe Dye streak in against Harry Cameron ... Abel moves in fires and hits the post !!!! ... the puck rebounds right to Dye who snaps one past a fallen Hainsworth. Canadiens win 2-1 at 3:58 of OT.














Dryden makes 46 saves ... Dye the OT hero.

John Flyers Fan
06-10-2007, 09:55 PM
Montreal Arena - The home crowd is once again supercharged, knowing that this is almost a must win, the Wanderer's can't afford heading back to the Forum down 3-1.

Period One - Stan Mikita begins like he wants this to be a short series. Just 21 seconds after puck drop, Mikita makes it 1-0 after beating Hainsworth through the 5-hole from 45 feet. Clearly a goal that Hainsworth would like to have back. The early Canadiens goal deflates the home crowd. The Habs continue to press the attack and just 4 minutes later Guy Lapointe takes a Sid Smith pass and beats Hainsworth with a quick backhand to the stick size. Herb Brooks senses the game and possibly the series slipping away and calls a timeout. The timeout seems to settle the home squad down a bit, and the Wanderers begin to gets pucks deep and pressure the Habs defense. Four minutes later Chris Pronger extracts some revenge and sends Gary Roberts sparwling with a forearm to the jaw. Roberts needs to be helped off the ice, and Pronger receives a standing ovation as he heads to the box. The Habs go to the power play and looking for the early kill. Mikita back to Park, who winds and fires, blocked and Dave Poulin, back from injury wearing a protective face-mask for a broken jaw, streaks ahead, picking the puck up off his shin pads, he goes in alone ... shoots ... SCORES! Poulin's shorthanded tally with just under 4 minutes remaining in the period have the Wanderers right back into the game, and the crowd is back into it, and are all over Ken Dryden ..... Dry-Den ... Dry-Den ... Dry-Den ... Dry-Den. The Wanderers continue to press the attack and fire 6 shots at Dryden i the next two minutes, all turned away. As the first period winds down, the Wanderers, while trailing have re-gained their footing ... Mikita carries the puck out of his own end and winds up from the red line as the clock winds down and fires a harmless shot in on Hainsworth, but the puck seems to dip and beats Hainsworth from 95 feet out. The period ends ... 3-1 Canadiens and the shots are 8 - 5 in favor of the Wanderers.


Period two - The little Swede Pelle Lindbergh leads the Wanderers on the ice, it appears that Hainsworth is done for the night. The Canadiens looking to build on their two goal lead are forcing the Wanderers at every turn, as Park is all over the ice, breaking up plays, starting the transition game and jumping into scoring lanes. Lindbergh is remarkably sharp for having not played in a month and makes 10-bell saves on Sid Smith, Park and Westfall all in a two minute stretch. Mid-way through he period and the shots are 12 - 1 in favor of the Habs. Hooley Smith strips Babe Dye clean and hits Graham in full flight, but as Graham winds for the slapshot Park moves in and easily deflects the puck into the seats. Three minutes later, Gretzky sets up behind the net and frins Brett Hull who blasts one off Dryden's shoulder that deflects over the net. Dryden is clearly struggling and is working on his arm at every stoppage in play. Just moments later Gretzky finds Reg Noble who beats Dryden's glovehand to cut the deficit to one. The Canadiens respond and again pressure the Wanderers at every turn ... Lindbergh makes a spectabular save on Mikita, and Pronger clears the rebound before Wharram can find the rebound. Moments later Lionel Conacher makes his presence felt as he catches Eddie Westfall with a hipcheck sending him ass over teakettle. The period ends with the Habs leading 3-2 and holding the shots edge 22 - 17. Lindbergh was perfect on 17 shots in the 2nd period.


Period 3 - The Habs begin the period on the power play, with Graham off for slashing. The habs move the puck around on the power play and Park fires from the point deflected in by Gary Roberts. Lindbergh and the Wanderers bench explode, feeling it was re-directed in by a high-stick. Bruce hood calls upstairs and the review takes more than 6 minutes. Scotty Morrison calls back down and Hood points to the center face-off dot, the goal will stand. Beer, soda and whatever else the Wanderers faithful can get their hands on rains down onto the ice in protest. Hood takes cover and and the game is delayed 14 minutes while the ice is cleaned off and readied for play. Just 40 seconds after play resumes, a hooking call is made against Wharram that comes from nowhere, certainly appears to be a make-up call. With 20 seconds reamining in the power play dany Heatley finds Billy Burch at the far post and he slams one past Dryden. 4-3 Canadiens with 14 minutes remaining, the Wanderers desparate for a goal, but its the Habs who control the play. Over the next 10 minutes they outshoot the Wanderers 9 - 3, but Lindbergh is perfect, his confidence growing with every save. Pronger hits the post with 3 minutes remaining, Dryden still favoring his right arm, still feeling the effects of the Hull slapper. 100 seconds remain and a neutral zone face-off. Gretzky skates over to Bruce Hood, what's he doing? The Wanderers have no timeout remaining. Hood skates over to Mikita and grabs his stick, the Wanderers have called for a measurement. After seeing the dipping shot from Mikita, they clearly think he may have a funny stick. It takes Hood less than a minute to realize Mikita's curve is way too big. Power play for the Wanderers with a chance to tie the game, Dryden comes up with 3 big stops early and freezes the puck with 39 seconds remaining. Brooks pulls Lindbergh and goes 6-on-4. Clean face-off win for the Wanderers, a Pronger shot is blocked out front, the puck squirts over to Heatley who fires from the right dot, Dryden makes a great kicksave, but Sid Smith pounces on the rebound and jams it past Dryden with jusy 8 seconds remaining. The period ends, tied at 4. Shots are 34 - 24 in favor of the Habs.


Overtime - Both teams come out cautiously, knowing the importance of the next goal. The period ends with the Canadiens outshooting the Wanderers 9-2

Overtime #2 - Just three minutes into the 2nd overtime period, and Pronger steps into a Gretzky feed and fires a low laser, that Brett hull deflects off the post and in.

Wanderers - 5-4 in 2OT. Shots 46 - 28 in favor of the Canadiens











Lindbergh makes 40 saves in relief of Hainsworth as the Wanderers win in 2OT's.

LapierreSports
06-11-2007, 09:49 AM
Nice writeups JFF !! keep up the good work....only if the Wanderers win !

John Flyers Fan
06-11-2007, 09:54 AM
Nice writeups JFF !! keep up the good work....only if the Wanderers win !

I'm at work ow, but the remainder of the series will be posted today.

John Flyers Fan
06-11-2007, 10:27 PM
Montreal Forum - Coach Jack Adams has amde some changes in his line-up. Brad Park and Guy Lapointe are now going to form a super pairing, and will be out every shift that Gretzky is on the ice. Herb Brooks will continue to ride the little Swede and Pelle Lindbergh will be between the pipes to open the critical game 5.

Period One - Park and Lapointe are out for the opening faceoff matched up with Gretzky. The game starts off slow, as both teams realize the importance of this game and nobody wantes to make the crucial mistake. Twelve minutes in, and neither side has had a great scoring chance, and the Gretzky line isn't getting a sniff. Finally the Habs begin to press the attack and the heavy forecheck they generate draws three consecutive power plays. The combination of Poulin, Graham, Pronger, Conacher and Lindbergh are outstanding and getting the Wanderers to the locker room still tied. Period one ends with no score, shots are 14 - 4 in favor of the Canadiens.

Period two - Mikita freed up from playing aganist the Gretzky line begins generating chances. First a 3-on-2, and Wharram fires from the wing, only to be denied by a Lindbergh skate save. Moments later Mikita strips Hatcher of the puck, and Lindbergh again comes up strong with a great glove save. Park and Lapointe are on pace to play 32 minutes a piece, but they have dryden looking as lonely as the Maytag repairman. Dryden has only had to make 7 stops in the first 55 minutes of the contest. Finally Poulin breaks free, using his speed to cut up the middle, but just as it looks like he'll be in alone Barry Beck takes him down from behind. The wanderers are screaming for a penalty shot, but a two minute trip is the only call made. Gretzky finally has some room out there on the power play and sets up in his office behind the net. First Hll misses from point blacnk range, then Dryden makes a stick save on Sid Smith. Gretzky feeds Pronger at the point, the shot is deflected .... ohhhh no. Ashbee crumbles to the ice in a heap. The puck was deflected up into his face. The trainers jump on the ice and Ashbee is quickly escorted to the locker room with blood streaming from his face. The 2nd period is calles with just 37 seconds remaining so they can clean up the ice. Still scoreless after two ... shots are 29 - 9 in favor of the Canadiens.

Period three - The Habs quickly kill off the remainder of Beck's penalty, and again begin to swarm Lindbergh. The Swede is putting on a clinic, turning the habs away on rush after rush. 11 saves in the first 8 minutes of the period. Finally the pressure gets the the Wanderers and they begin to crack. Back-to-back penalties on Cameron and Conacher leave them two-men short for 93 seconds. Lindebergh makes 5 saves in a row and freezes the puck with 9 seconds remaining on the two man advantage. Mikita wins the draw back to Lapointe who sends a floater in ... Lindbergh fights to see it through traffic, he never sees it and it just hits him in the shoulder adn drops at his feet. Mikita's quick stick pounces on the rebound and jams it through the 5-hole, making it 1-0, with just 7:38 to go on the clock. Park and Lapointe are brilliant clogging up the neutral zone and not giving the Wanderers a sniff. 80 seconds remaining and Lindbergh is pulled for the extra attacker .... the Wanderes attack and Dryden makes a glove save ona Hull snap shot. Glen Skov wins the defensive zone draw .... Lapointe, to Park, ahead to West fall who hits the empty net, sealing the game at 2 - 0. Final shot tally - 43 - 17 in favor of the Canadiens.










Dryden with his 2nd shutout of the series, puts the Habs a game from the Conference Finals

John Flyers Fan
06-11-2007, 10:28 PM
Will Adams keep the Park - Lapointe pairing together on the road without the last change ???


Does Brooks go back to Hainsworth ???


Barry Ashbee is done for the playoffs, with a possible career threatening eye injury.

John Flyers Fan
06-12-2007, 09:05 AM
Montreal Arena – Back on the road Jack Adams decides to split Park and Lapointe, making sure he has at least on the ice at all times to watch out for Gretzky. Brooks decides to ride the hot hand, and Lindbergh is again between the pipes. Barry Ashbee is still recovering in a local hospital, his playing future in still uncertain.

Period one – The Wanderers spurred on by the home crowd press the attack. Gretzky and Hull are freed up a bit and are creating chances all over the ice; first Hull on a one timer, stopped by Dryden, then Gretzky feeds Conacher, who rings one off the crossbar. Six minutes in and the shots are 7-2, Wanderers. Just four minutes later Pronger fires an outlet pass and hits Billy Burch in full flight, he has a step on McSorely and goes in a alone on Dryden, backhand, forehand … poke checked away by Dryden.. Period one ends with no score. Shots are 13 – 5 in favor of the home team.

Period two – Gary Roberts tries to get the Canadiens fired up and into the game, he first challenges Bill Guerin and gets no response, finally Wendal Clark, wants to dance with Roberts. Both trade big right hands until big John D’amico wrestles them apart. Roberts seems to have some swelling above his left eye. Midway through the 2nd period and we still have a scoreless contest. Brad Park steps up in the neutral zone and lays out Dany Heatley with a huge shoulder; Kevin Hatcher comes to Heatley’s defense, but is awarded a roughing call for his efforts. The Habs power play gets set-up, Mikita working the half wall plays give and go with Park; finally back to Park who winds and fires … SCORE !!! Lindbergh never sees the puck, a perfect screen in front by Thomas Holmstrom. Just as the goal is scored Pronger levels Holmstrom with a cross check and the Habs go right back on the power play. This time Sid Smith feeds Guy Lapointe who fires wide from the point, but it deflects off the skate of Lionel Conacher and past a startled Lindbergh. Period two ends 2 – Canadiens … shots are 19 a piece.

Period three – The Wanderers faithful explode as their heroes return to the ice, trying to spur the home team on. It works as the Wanderers come out flying and Dryden is forced to make 4 big stops in the opening 3 minutes. The Wanderers continue to press the attack, but can’t solve Dryden. Eight minutes gone by and the Wanderers pressure finally creates a mistake, Park is call for hooking on Dany Heatley. Gretzky sets up in his office, Sid Smith in front, but Gretzky finds hull in the high slot … Hull blasts a one-timer past Dryden who had no chance. It’s a one goal game, 10 minutes to go and everyone is on their feet. The Wanderers continue to apply the pressure, but Lapointe and Park are there to calm things down at every turn. Dryden continues to cover and force face-offs and the Canadiens dominance in the face-of circle continues to pay dividends. We’re down to three minutes remaining and Dryden has turned away twelve 3rd period shots. The Wanderes defense is forcing the issue at every turn, pinching and trying to join the rush. Kevin Hatcher takes a feed from Frankie Nighbor and is turned away by a Dryen leg save, Dryden stops a Gretzky backhander and freezes for a whistle. 75 seconds remaining and Brooks calls timeout. Skov wins the key defensive zone draw and George Armstrong chips the puck out, one last rush for the Wanderers, Gretzky with the puck along the wall, back to Pronger, who fires, blocked in front by Lapointe, Armstong again clears the puck, Pronger rushes back and hits Hull who fires one last desperation shot from 80 feet, turned away by Dryden. The horn sounds and the Canadiens fly off their bench to mob Dryden. Final score Canadiens 2 – 1 winners and win the series 4 games to 2. Final shots on goal, 35 – 26 in favor of the Wanderers.







Dryden stones Wanderers again, leads Habs to conference Finals.

John Flyers Fan
06-12-2007, 09:08 AM
Three stars for the series:

1. Wayne Gretzky
2. Ken Dryden
3. Stan Mikita

Hockey Outsider
06-12-2007, 02:02 PM
Thanks for a good series, Laperriere. Too bad I wasn't around last week so we didn't have a chance for discussions. Your top line still scares me, and you have a great steal with Smith on your 3rd line.

Great write-ups, JFF. You really brought the series to life. It's also nice to hear the hypothetical media's take on this, and to include all the anglophone vs francophone issues. (Although ironically I am an Anglo-Quebecer).

Thanks for the votes everybody. I'm really interested to see the result of Nanaimo vs Edmonton. It will be intense.