Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Game #7
After losing three straight the Montreal Canadiens were determined to get on top early, but despite outshooting the Bruins twelve seven the game remained scoreless after the first period. It was more of the same in period number two with Montreal throwing another seventeen pucks in on Cheevers but this time beating the Boston netminder twice sixteen seconds apart.
The breakthrough came when G Tremblay (3) tallied with just fifty-nine seconds played in the middle frame, and Ferguson (2) swiftly followed that up with his goal for a 2-0 Habs lead. Boston would have a five-on-three powerplay midway through the period but failed to threaten much on a very lackluster powerplay performance, coming out of the frame with only eight more shots.
The final period of regulation began in similar fashion to the previous with Savard (1) scoring in the opening minutes, this one coming on the powerplay, and 1:24 later it was 4-0 when Rousseau (1) picked up his third point of the game and ninth of the playoffs.
The B's Green tried to start something by fighting Ferguson, with the latter already amassing thirty-nine penalty minutes in the postseason, and the lead was halved when Shack (2) and Esposito (6) scored as they outshot the Canadiens 14-13 in the period. But Worsley remained tight in net and the game was over even before Ferguson (3) grabbed his second of the game into an empty net, with Beliveau taking a third helper on the night.
BOS Cheevers (3-4-0 ,894 3.29) 37/41, Powerplay 0/8
MON Worsley (4-2-0 .912 2.67) 27/29, Powerplay 1/3
MON G Tremblay (3) Savard, Backstrom 0:59
MON Ferguson (2) Laperriere, Rousseau 1:15
MON PPG Savard (1) Rousseau, Beliveau 2:26
MON Rousseau (1) Beliveau 3:50
Fight BOS Green vs MON Ferguson 4:09
BOS Shack (2) Hodge, Orr 13:37
BOS Esposito (6) Westfall, Green 16:15
MON ENG Ferguson (3) Beliveau 19:55
Montreal wins the best-of-seven series 4-3
Philadelphia Flyers @ Los Angeles Kings Game #6
After blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period in game five Rutledge is replaced in the Kings' goal by Sawchuk who was lit up in the opening match of the series; Favell continues in net for Philadelphia after earning the twenty-four save win.
Facing elimination for the second game running it was a very offensive Flyers team that held a 29-12 shooting advantage through two periods, but more importantly they had the game wrapped up at that point.
LaForge (2) scored inside six minutes of the opening faceoff with Sutherland (2) doubling the Philadelphia lead seconds later; both men scoring for the first time since their team's game two defeat. It was 3-0 before the intermission thanks to the big story for the Kings: giveaways. Hoekstra (2) accepting the gift on this occasion.
Los Angeles struggled to get anything going and another giveaway allowed Gauthier (1) to score in the final seconds of period two after setting up Sutherland (3) on the powerplay ten minutes prior. Rochefort (2) on yet another Kings turnover and LaForge (3) completed the rout and force a game seven where LA will undoubtedly continue their goaltending merry-go-round while the Flyers will be more than content to stick with Favell on the back of his two wins and a twenty shot shutout.
PHI Favell (2-0-0 .936 1.50) 20/20, Powerplay 1/1
LAK Sawchuk (0-2-0 .800 7.50) 32/39, Powerplay 0/0
PHI LaForge (2) JC Watson, Peters 5:49
PHI Sutherland (2) Hoekstra, Van Impe 6:17
PHI Hoekstra (2) unassisted 16:06
PHI PPG Sutherland (3) Gauthier, Hoekstra 9:35
PHI Gauthier (1) unassisted 19:38
PHI Rochefort (2) unassisted 0:55
PHI LaForge (3) Peters 16:41
The best-of-seven series is tied 3-3