Jack O’Callahan scored one goal and set up Denis Savard’s game-breaker Thursday night at Chicago, helping the Chicago Black Hawks snap Edmonton’s playoff winning streak with a 5-2 decision over the Oilers.
O’Callahan’s effort helped Chicago pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven Campbell Conference final, which is scheduled to continue Sunday at Chicago Stadium.
The Oilers had won 12 straight games in Stanley Cup competition, including nine straight this season.
Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, Edmonton pulled within one goal. Mark Messier scored just as Chicago’s Al Secord was skating back onto the ice from an interference penalty at 3:07 of the period.
But Chicago went ahead, 4-2, on a breakaway goal by Savard at 7:07. He took a pass from O’Callahan and went one-on-one against Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr, scoring with a backhand shot.
Troy Murray scored an empty-net goal at 18:44 of the third period to end the scoring.
The Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals a minute apart. Rick Patterson passed the puck across the goalmouth to O’Callahan, who had an open shot to the net from the left of Fuhr at 5:01.
A minute later, another crisp pass led to a goal. This time it was Darryl Sutter who passed out to Steve Larmer, who slapped the puck past Fuhr for a 2-0 lead.
Edmonton got on the scoreboard at 11:14 of the second period on the first playoff goal by Jaroslav Pouzar. He scored on a rebound directly in front of goalie Murray Bannerman.
But the Hawks regained their two-goal lead at 14:20 of the second period on a goal by Sutter, his ninth of the playoffs. He brought the puck out from behind the goal and sent a shot past Fuhr.
Philadelphia 4, Quebec 2--Ilkka Sinisalo’s second-period power play go-ahead goal and a stingy defense carried the injury-riddled Flyers to victory at Philadelphia and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven semifinal National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoff series.
The victory was the 20th straight at home for the Flyers, including six playoff games. Quebec hasn’t won here since Jan. 15, 1981.
The Flyers went ahead, 3-2, at 11:39 of the second period on their second power-play goal of the game.
Peter Zezel sent a cross-ice pass to Sinisalo at the bottom of the right faceoff circle and he beat goalie Mario Gosselin from about 15 feet to the short side. It was Sinisalo’s fifth goal of the playoffs.
The defense, led by Brad Marsh, allowed Quebec just 23 shots on goal, only 10 of which could be considered tough saves for goalie Pelle Lindbergh, who won his ninth game of the playoffs.
The Flyers played without wing Tim Kerr, their leading scorer, and captain and center Dave Poulin, both of whom are sidlelined with injuries. And at 4:43 of the opening period Thursday night, defenseman Brad McCrimmon left with a shoulder separation and is out for the season.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead on a power play at 12:13 of the first period when Joe Paterson took a 12-foot shot which rebounded off Gosselin’s pads to Murray Craven about six feet to the right of the net. Craven shot between the goalie and the far post for his second goal of the playoffs.
Quebec tied it 21 seconds later at 12:34 when Peter Stastny skated around the net and passed to Alain Cote, who was uncovered 10 feet in the slot. Cote shot under goalie Pelle Lindbergh’s pads for his third goal of the playoffs.
Quebec took a 2-1 lead at 18:54 on a short-handed goal after Brad Maxwell was sent to the penalty box for holding.
Philadelphia tied it 2-2 at 1:41 of the second period. Ed Hospodar took a 40-foot shot that rebounded off Gosselin’s pads about 10 feet into the left faceoff circle. Quebec’s Mario Marois overskated the puck, and Paterson shot 10 feet past the goalie on the stick side.
After the Flyers broke the tie, Brian Propp made it 4-2 on the Flyers’ third power play of the game, at 12:46 of the third period with a 50-footer that deflected off the legs of Marois and went between Gosselin’s legs.