Rule 67, Category II: Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner...shall be automatically suspended for not less than 10 games. So why wasn't Roy sent home? "That rule never entered the officials' minds," commented NHL supervisor of officials Scotty Morrison. "I asked Ron how hard Roy had hit him with the stick, and he said it was just an immediate reaction and only warranted one 10-minute misconduct."
The Canadiens couldn't get back into the game. After Dan Quinn scored a shorthanded goal for Calgary, McDonald beat Roy with a wrist shot at 3:33 of the third period. Then, with the score 4-2 and 25 seconds left, Risebrough finished things off with an empty-netter.
In Game 2, Tonelli got the opening goal and McDonald an assist on Paul Reinhart's second-period score as Calgary built a 2-0 lead. But the Canadiens' tight checking eventually began to tell on the Flames, and with the Calgary veterans momentarily silenced, Montreal came back to tie the game in the third period and then tied the series as Brian Skrudland blasted the puck past Calgary goalie Mike Vernon only nine seconds into overtime.
The trio of Risebrough, Tonelli and McDonald, worth 95 goals in 335 career playoff games, had been the Flames' most consistent line in their seven-game upset of Edmonton. They weren't quite as visible against St. Louis, but the Blues don't let anybody look good. Against Montreal the veterans were broken up to lend stability to all four Flames' lines. "Those three guys are the key to their team," says Canadien defenseman Craig Ludwig. "We have to shut them down because they give their team life."
After his late-season trade, Tonelli, for one, wasn't sure if there was a real hockey life left for him. "I thought I was going to be one of those guys who gets traded year after year. I didn't want that," Tonelli says. He was further irked by newspaper stories that quoted former Islander teammates as saying he had become moody and "a bad influence" after he demanded that his contract be renegotiated and sat out training camp until the Islanders gave him a new one.
Still, Tonelli admits he had gone stale in New York, and that the trade to Calgary was "a new challenge." He and his mates have met it handsomely, as their presence in the finals can attest.