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02-15-2012, 08:03 PM
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A more in depth look at George Hainsworth in the playoffs:
Maroons goaltender, Clint Benedict, had enjoyed as much regular season success as Hainsworth, posting a league-leading 1.42 goals-against average, appearing in all but one of his team’s regular season games.
Each goaltender allowed a single puck past them in the opening match
, nominally an away game for the Habs, and set the stage for the second, one where everything was on the line.
The second game remained scoreless after three periods of play
Twelve minutes into the extra frame, a Howie Morenz marker ended the Maroons’ season, and sent the Canadiens into the Stanley Cup semifinals against the powerful Ottawa Senators.
The Senators solved Hainsworth, shutting the Canadiens out 4-0 at The Forum and making the second game almost a formality. It ended in a 1-1 tie
, giving Ottawa a 5-1 overall scoring edge and a ticket to the finals where they would go on to defeat the American Division champion Boston Bruins 3-1 in a best-of five Stanley Cup Final
So in the first series Hainsworth allowed 1 goal in two games, and then allowed 5 goals in two games to the eventual Cup Champion Bruins
Despite pitting the NHL’s two top offenses against each other, the series between the Habs and Maroons
was a low-scoring affair. Solid defense and goaltending
once again trumped speed and superior scoring instincts. As was the case a year before, the opening match ended in a tie, though this time the teams were
tied at two goals apiece
. Neither Morenz nor Joliat made it onto the score sheet as the Maroons effectively shut down the NHL’s top line.
365 days after the last deciding game that featured these same teams,
Montreal’s NHL squads once again played to a scoreless tie through three periods, needing overtime
to settle the matter of who would go home and who would go on.
Eight minutes into the fourth frame, the Canadiens season came to an end with a Maroons marker that sent them through to the Stanley Cup Finals where they would extend the best-of-five series to the limit before falling to the New York Rangers.
Hainsworth only allows 3 goals in 2 games, the 3rd goal being the overtime game winner in a 0-0 game.
Hainsworth held the Bruins to a single goal in each road game but his teammates failed to light the lamp at the other end of the ice
and the series reverted to the Forum, with Boston holding a 2-0 lead.
Playing in front of hometown fans in the third game, Aurel Joliat scored one goal and assisted on another
but the Bruins potted three on the night
, sweeping the series before moving on to defeat the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup.
Again Hainsworth holds the eventual cup champions to a goal a game and then allows three the final game.
A common theme of Montreal losing 1-0 games
of the home and home total-goal quarterfinal series
in Chicago by a 1-0 margin
, Montreal and the Blackhawks played to a
2-2 tie at the Forum, eleven minutes into the third overtime period, giving the Habs a 3-2 advantage and a ticket to the semifinals.
Two nights later,
Forum fans once again got more hockey than they’d bargained for as the 1-1 game went into a fourth overtime period
. Gus Rivers, who scored once in 19 regular season games, helped the home crowd leave happy shortly before the nine minute mark in the fourth overtime frame.
Two nights later, at Madison Square Garden, Hainsworth blanked the Rangers 2-0, putting the Habs through to the finals where they’d face the NHL’s acknowledged powerhouse.
Up against a team that scored more goals and allowed fewer than any other NHL club, Montreal put three past Vezina Trophy winner, Tiny Thompson in the first game. They also kept Cooney Weiland and Dit Clapper, both 40-goal men for the Bruins in the regular season, off the scoresheet, stunning Boston fans and taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five finals.
After taking an early lead in the second game, Montreal held on as Boston fell short in an attempt to chip away the lead. The Canadiens finish the game with a 4-3 win, capturing the third Stanley Cup in team history, and the first presented to them on Forum ice, without losing a single postseason game.
Won the first game 1-0 and then won the 2nd game 3-2 in
In the next series they won 2-1 in a
quadruple overtime game
and then won the last game 2-0 (
Effectively at least 7 straight shutout periods
In the Cup finals Hainsworth
shuts out the Bruins in the first game having at least a 10 period shutout streak!!
Montreal wins the Cup winning the last game 4-3
Hainsworth finishes with a 1.75 GAA and shuts out Chicago in the 5th and cup clinching cup Finals
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