Official Foster Hewitt Division Finals Results: Montreal Canadiens vs Spartak Moscow

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  1. Nalyd Psycho

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    Game 1: The Trio Grande is pelting Bower with shots, Bossy gives Moscow an early lead. Ivan puts Cleghorn out against them next shift. Scrum in front, Cleghorn crosschecks Bossy in front. Gillies skates over there and starts pushing Cleghorn around, they drop the gloves, a good long fight with Gillies eventually winning. Problem is, with Gillies off the ice, Bossy and Trottier are physically out matched by Chelios. Howe counters with a goal of his own. Gilmour chips in to give Montreal the lead. Starshinov ties it up. Gare is able to keep Howe from scoring again. Cleghorn hits Bossy from behind, which, is immediately answered with Gillies levelling Cleghorn with a clean hit. This time, with Gillies there and Cleghorn gone, they get some chances, but can't beat Bower. Brad Park scores the winner.

    Montreal wins 3-2

    Game 2: With The Trio Grande pressing, Cleghorn clears Bossy from the crease by pressing his elbow into the small of Bossy's back, Trottier sees this, and immediately skates over to toss Cleghorn to the ground, Cleghorn gets up and Trottier drops the gloves, Cleghorn wins easily. And once again, Chelios shuts Bossy down. Howe scores a pair for Montreal. Gare gets one back, but Hooley Smith gives the two goal lead back. Bobby Smith scores. And Trottier ties it up while Cleghorn and Gillies are tangled up. In overtime, Bossy scores the winner.

    Moscow wins 4-3 in overtime

    Game 3: On the first play, Bossy is skating up ice with the puck and gets hit with a brutal hipcheck turned into a body slam by Cleghorn. Bossy lands right on his back. Gillies comes in with a headhunter check when Cleghorn tries to skate in the other direction. Cleghorn gets up and starts running his mouth to Gillies, after Hall freezes the puck, Gillies punches Cleghorn. On the ensuing powerplay Chelios scores. With Gillies out for the game, Cleghorn runs roughshod over Bossy. Chopping at his back and hitting every chance he got. Others tried to stand up to him, but, two Cleghorn won fights later and nothing changes. Howe and Bondra add goals.

    Montreal wins 3-0

    Game 4: On a Moscow powerplay, Bossy has the puck in the corner, Cleghorn comes in and hip checks him into the boards. Bossy is slow to get up and heads to the bench. Gillies begins hitting Cleghorn every chance he gets. Cleghorn keeps his head up and mouth running, but plays clean for the rest of the game, getting the go ahead goal on an inspired Hall. Late in the third, Bossy makes his way back into the game and scores on Bower. Howe wins it in overtime.

    Montreal wins 2-1 in overtime.

    Game 5: Ivan uses Cleghorn sparingly, fearing suspension. Chelios is more than a match against the battered and bruised Trio Grande, keeping the physical play against Bossy, who can barely stand, but still manages five shots on goal. Howe controls the tempo of the game, scoring a goal and assisting on a Kariya goal. As things get chippy late in the game, Howe and Gillies fight, with Howe winning. Starshinov gets a late goal, but, it's too little, too late.

    Montreal wins 2-1




    Three Stars:
    3rd: Chris Chelios
    2nd: Sprague Cleghorn
    1st: Gordie Howe




    The Montreal Canadiens defeat Spartek Moscow four games to one.
     
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    Definitely not a surprise on the series victor. I am surprised that it went five games. I thought the presence of the Trio Grande and Al Arbour, plus the ample grit on the bottom three lines, would be enough to get Moscow to at least a sixth game, maybe even a seventh game.

    Montreal's been the team to watch almost from the start. They are the one team in the draft that doesn't have a glaring weakness. They will be very difficult to beat.
     
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