As he stood in the press box after the third period, Whalers general manager Ed Johnston said: "We're going to win -- and you can quote me."

Johnston had plenty of reason to believe. In the third period, Yvon Corriveau -- who won Game 6 in overtime -- had three excellent chances to win it. The Whalers had come back from a 2-0 deficit on second-period goals by Andrew Cassels and Geoff Sanderson.

Montreal came out flying. The best save by Pietrangelo was getting a glove on Kirk Muller on a diving stuff attempt at the crease.

At the 3-minute mark of the second overtime, Corriveau shot high and wide on a clean breakway. At 3:35, Patrick Roy (39 saves) made a great pad save on Mikael Andersson.

"As an overtime game goes on like that, you get a little fatigued and you lose your sharpness," Roberts said. "If it had been earlier in the game, I'm sure it would have been in the net. He played a lot of hockey for us. He played great. That line of Cassels-[Murray] Craven-Corriveau was outstanding."

"I was going top corner all the way from the red line in," Corriveau said. "Roy gave it too me. The bottom line I missed it. We've showed a lot of character, but that breakaway was the difference between winning and going golfing."

The night started out badly for the Whalers. Craven went off for interference against Corson at 5:37 of the first period and Mathieu Schneider responded with a 55-foot slap shot for a power play goal at 6:08.

Adam Burt, who sat on the bench after his mistake, lost the puck to Stephan Lebeau at 11:07 of the first period. Dionne that spun wide of the diving Burt and beat Pietrangelo with a rising shot.

At 8:13, Schneider bounced the puck off the left sideboards in an attempt to move it out of his defensive zone. But as he was hitting it, Corriveau got a piece of the puck. This allowed Cassels to step in, intercept and move down the right wing. As Cassels shot, Corriveau stuck out his stick and Sylvain Lefebvre and Craven were in the way too. The shot rang in the net just inside the far post.

The shocker came with 4:24 remaining in the middle period.

Bobby Holik, who had never scored a playoff point, dumped the puck behind Roy. Patrick Poulin fielded the puck off the left boards and dropped it back behind the net for Holik. Holik sent the puck back out to Sanderson, who also never had scored an NHL playoff point. Using Lefebvre as a screen, Sanderson beat Roy from the slot.

"We couldn't have come closer, but close wasn't good enough," Cassels said. "You can't say enough about Frank Pietrangelo. If it wasn't for him, it could have been a much different game. He stood on his head.