Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens Game #5
After two periods there were just twenty-two shots and a single goal on the scoreboard as Cournoyer's (5) tally at 2:15 in the first period held out until 6:44 in the third where Ellis (8) scored his fifth goal of the series while the Leafs were shorthanded.
T Harris (3) restored Montreal's lead on that same powerplay and only an F Mahovlich (5) finish eighteen seconds from time prevented the Habs from taking a 3-2 series lead back to Toronto. WHile the Leafs spent the final frame of regulation on the ascendancy with fourteen shots to Montreal's eight, it was the Canadiens who controlled OT with twelve shots against one. The relentless pressure finally broke Toronto and at 3:39 of the extra period G Tremblay (5) finished off what his brother started to get that series lead for a third time.
TOR Gamble (1-2 .908 3.00) 30/33, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (7-4 .902 3.00) 21/23, Powerplay 1/3
MON Cournoyer (5) Duff 2:15
TOR SHG Ellis (8) Stranley 6:44
MON PPG T Harris (3) Duff, Lamaire 7:02
TOR F Mahovlich (5) L Hillman, Walton 19:42
MON G Tremblay (5) JC Tremblay 3:39
Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-2
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers Game #5
While the Penguins stuck with game four winner Bassen in goal Philadelphia went back to Parent as they once again tried to close out the series. Eight shots a piece in the opening frame yielded no success as both netminders stood firm, but Ingarfield (2) carried on from his OT winner last time out by breaking the deadlock midway though the second period on the powerplay.
K McCreary (1) was then set up by MacNeil (2) with the latter scoring himself in the final period with Pittsburgh on their sixth man advantage as Bassen stops all sixteen shots that came his way, becoming the third goalie to keep a clean sheet in the playoffs and the second Pen to do so. The series heads back to Pittsburgh for game six where Philadelphia have a third chance to book their place in the finals.
PIT Bassen (2-0 .927 1.50) 16/16, Powerplay 2/6
PHI Parent (4-4 .903 2.88) 28/31, Powerplay 0/o
PIT PPG Ingarfield (2) Schinkel, Price 8:13
PIT K McCreary (1) MacNeil 13:24
PIT PPG MacNeil (2) Ingarfield, Fonteyne 14:52
Philadelphia leads the best-of-seven series 3-2