Dineen scored on the power play and Tippettt scored short-handed. Suddenly, at 5 minutes and 22 seconds of the first period, it was 2-0. Goalie Clint Malarchuk put the puck in himself on the first goal after Dineen had deflected a shot off the post. Then Malarchuk got caught between deciding to chase a loose puck or not on Tippett's goal.
After Alain Lemieux, called up from Fredericton on Friday, jammed in a loose puck on the power play to make it 2-1, Francis put the Whalers back up by two at 15:08 of the period. Catching a confused Nordiques defense on a 2-on-2 play, Dineen took a drop pass from Francis and then threaded a sweet pass back to Francis to set up the score.
Quebec's Brett Ashton scored short-handed and Ferraro scored on the power play to make it 4-2 after one period.
Quebec's defense, with Normand Rochefort and Dave Shaw out with shoulder injuries and Gilbert Delorme playing with an injured thumb, was weakened further in the first period. A pushing-and-shoving match developed along the rear boards midway through the period. Randy Moller wanted to get at Ferraro at the worse way and even knocked down a linesman in an attempt to do it. The reward was two roughing penalties, a game misconduct and the knowledge that he did not help his team on this night.
Ulf Samuelsson gave the Whalers a 5-2 lead 2:07 into the second period with a goal against Mario Gosselin, who had replaced Malarchuk.
Hunter made it 5-3 at 11:08 with a shot that replays indicated did not go in the net. Hunter, positioned to the right of Liut, sent the puck onto the goal line before it kicked off Liut's skate and away from the line. Goal judge Carleton McDiarmid of Montreal convinced referee Ron Hoggarth it was ruled a goal.
"I couldn't understand it," said Evans, considering the Montreal-Quebec rivalry. "I thought it would have to hit the back of the net for it to count for them."
The Whalers were upset. But Hoggarth quicky upset the Nordiques at 13:01 of the period when Pat Price was called for holding and Steve Patrick was nailed for cross checking on the same play.
With a 5-on-3 situation, Ferraro scored seven seconds later. With a 5-on-4 situation, Anderson scored 26 seconds after Ferraro. It was 7-3 and the third period would add little except to the total of 108 penalty minutes.
Surprised by the sweep?
"Absolutely," Quenneville said. "Nobody expected it. It's a great feeling."
"Everybody's calling us the giant killers, but I thought we were the hot team coming in," Dineen said. "You've got to expect it."
"I told a couple guys on the team we'd sweep them," Stewart Gavin said.
"I think Quebec knew we were hot, but maybe they didn't know what level we were playing at," Francis said.
"I feel a little bad for Quebec," said Anderson, traded by the Nordiques to Hartford on March 8. "I'm glad it's over."
From The Courant Archives: April 13, 1986