Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Game #2
A very exciting game two ended with Montreal in control of the series as Beliveau (4) scored a hat-trick, and Duff (3) scored a pair, while Lamaire (0+3) and Ferguson (0+2) kept the chances flowing. Ferguson was also involved in one of the four fights as the Canadiens out-battled the Bruins in all aspects of the game.
Boston did cancel out Duff's opening goal after two bouts of fisticuffs through Bucyk (1), but still found themselves down 3-1 heading into the first intermission. A shortie from Orr (1) got them as close as 3-2 but Beliveau took over in the second period, leaving two goals from Hodge (2) all but meaningless.
BOS Cheevers (0-2-0 .859 5.00) 35/42, Powerplay 0/3
MON Worsley (2-0-0 .905 3.00) 32/36, Powerplay 2/7
MON Duff (2) Lamaire, Cournoyer 2:51
Fight BOS McKenzie vs Laperriere 3:01
Fight BOS Awrey vs Harris 7:24
BOS Bucyk (1) Stanfield, McKenzie 9:15
MON Cournoyer (2) Vadnais, Lamaire
MON PPG Duff (3) Cournoyer, Lamaire
BOS SHG Orr (1) Shack, Esposito 1:10
Fight McKenzie vs Laperriere 5:23
MON PPG Beliveau (2) Ferguson, Rousseau 6:05
MON SHG Beliveau (3) Ferguson 16:14
BOS Hodge (1) Shack, Esposito 18:37
BOS Hodge (2) Esposito 3:00
MON Beliveau (4) Ferguson 6:12
Fight Awrey vs Ferguson 12:07
MON G Tremblay (1) Provost 14:27
Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 2-0
Pittsburgh Penguins @ St Louis Blues Game #2
With the only goal through two periods St Louis looked in good form on the back of B McCreary's (1) tally even though the Blues were edged in shots at that point twenty-two to seventeen. Roll on to the third period and penalty trouble led to Pittsburgh taking full advantage with a pair of powerplay markers as they owned the frame with sixteen shots to the hosts' four.
Stratton (1) and Dea (1) had the game on it's head five minutes in before St Louis were level again through Melnyk's (1) goal seconds later. However, the ice was tilted throughout the period as the Penguins kept coming in waves, finally making all of the pressure pay off with a game-winner from Fonteyne (1) at 18:22; McDonald (2) sealing the 2-0 series lead with his empty netter.
PIT Binkley (2-0-0 .940 1.50) 19/21, Powerplay 2/5
StL Hall (0-2-0 .932 2.50) 34/37, Powerplay 0/0
StL B McCreary (1) McKenney 5:%6
PIT PPG Stratton (1) Matiussi 1:43
PIT PPG Dea (1) Andrea 5:23
StL Melnyk (1) Berenson, Roberts 5:40
PIT Fonteyne (1) Schinkel 18:22
PIT ENG McDonald (2) MacNeil, Speer 19:51
Pittsburgh leads the best-of-seven series 2-0
Los Angeles Kings @ Philadelphia Flyers Game #2
A much better performance from the Kings earns them a tied series as, unlike the Blues, they were able to win after leading 1-0 through two periods on a White (1) shorthanded effort. On another day they may have crumbled after the previous result when LaForge (1) tied the game less than a minute into the third frame, but Los Angeles remained resolute with Rutledge in goal replacing game one's starter Sawchuk and were happy to play an end-to-end game.
Labossierre (1) restored the Kings' lead at 4:32, Sutherland (1) tied it once again with ten minutes to play, this time with the man advantage; an area that both sides struggled with today. The next goal would prove to be the decider and it was an unassisted effort from Gray (1) that won the day as he stole the puck for a breakaway, barely beating Parent in the Flyers' net.
LAK Rutledge (1-0-0 .931 1.00) 22/24, Powerplay 0/6
PHI Parent (1-1-0 .909 2.50) 29/32, Powerplay 1/6
LAK SHG White (1) Joyal, Irvine 17:54
PHI LaForge (1) Peters, Van Impe 0:47
LAK Labossierre (1) R Lemieux, MacDonald 4:32
PHI PPG Sutherland (1) Rochefort 9:55
LAK Gray (1) unassisted 16:20
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1