Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs Game #6
It was May Day for two teams today as both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins faced elimination. The Eastern matchup had fireworks at the very start when Harper and Stemkowski dropped the gloves, but the game, like the series as a whole, had very few penalties.
Toronto took the lead through Pappin (2) on the powerplay but were then forced to change netminders when Gamble went down with an injury after stopping all six shots, allowing Bower to make his return after being lit up in game three.
It was 2-0 when Pulford (1) went in unobstructed late in the first period, then becoming 3-0 on Pappin's (3) second of the night as Keon picked up his second assist. Keon (5) had his favours returned by Pappin for a 4-0 lead in the third but Beliveau (9) spoiled the shutout with four minutes and change left to play.
Game seven will be in Montreal in two days time.
MON Worsley (7-5 .900 3.08) 31/35, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Gamble (1-2 .913 2.25) 6/6; Bower (6-2 .894 2.88) 13/14, Powerplay 1/3
Fight MON Harper vs TOT Stemkowski 1:38
TOR PPG Pappin (2) Keon, M Pronovost 4:26
INJ TOR Gamble 12:20
TOR Pulford (1) unassisted 19:05
TOR Pappin (3) Keon, Horton 8:58
TOR Keon (5) Pappin 11:10
MON Beliveau (9) Rousseau, JC Tremblay 15:46
The best-of-seven series is tied 3-3
Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins Game #6
Bassen started his third straight game after helping to stave off elimination for games four and five, including a sixteen shot shutout in the most recent contest. In game six Bassen was left out to dry all too often by his defence as he was bombarded with thirty-six shots; twenty-seven of them coming in the first forty minutes.
Parent, keeping his place as he was not to blame for the shutout defeat of game five, stopped all ten shots in the opening frame, including a blinding save, and, along with his opposite number's twelve saves, kept the game scoreless after the first period.
The rink was sloped in favour of Philadelphia throughout the second period as they outshot the Pens 15-4 and making the breakthrough 7:58 into the frame when Miszuk (2) found the net. 1:06 later it was 2-0, Sutherland (8) piling on the pain of the home crowd.
A fight between Dornhoefer and Boivin failed to get Pittsburgh fired up and went into the final period down 3-0 when Selby (4) scored his third of the series. Hoekstra (4) tallied early in that last frame and, after one final fight when Dornhoefer dropped the gloves with MacNeil, the Philadelphia Flyers finish their state rivals at the third time of asking to become the first expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
PHI Parent (5-4 .911 2.56) 19/19, Powerplay 0/0
PIT Bassen (2-1 .909 2.33) 32/36, Powerplay 0/0
PHI Miszuk (2) JC Watson, Selby 7:58
PHI Sutherland (8) Hoekstra, Rochefort 9:04
Fight PHI Dornhoefer vs PIT Boivin 11:23
PHI Selby (4) Dornhoefer, Angotti 17:26
PHI Hoekstra (4) Sutherland 4:07
Fight PHI Dornhoefer vs PIT MacNeil 9:16
Philadelphia Flyers win the best-of-seven series 4-2