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Grand moments

April 29th, 1986
LEMIEUX TO THE RESCUE
On April 29, 1986, the Canadiens hosted the Hartford Whalers in the seventh game of the Adams Division Final.

Like the sixth game two days earlier, the last game of the series proved to be a goaltending duel between Montreal rookie Patrick Roy and veteran Whalers netminder Mike Liut, with the latter blinking first. Two days after blanking the Canadiens in Hartford, a Mike McPhee shot eluded him 1:13 before the end of the initial period.

It was the only goal either team put on the board until Dave Babych’s marker, coming just 2:38 away from the final siren, sent the game into sudden-death overtime.

First-year forward Claude Lemieux, two playoff game-winners already under his belt, became the hero of a third spring evening. With 5:55 gone in the first extra frame, Lemieux went upstairs, beating Liut and giving Montreal a 2-1 victory and a pass to the next round on the way to an eventual Stanley Cup triumph.