1984–85 Quebec Nordiques season

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1984–85 Quebec Nordiques
Division 2nd Adams
Conference 4th Wales
1984–85 record 41-30-9
Home record 24–12–4
Road record 17–18–5
Goals for 323
Goals against 275
Team information
General Manager Maurice Filion
Coach Michel Bergeron
Captain Mario Marois
Arena Colisée Pepsi
Team leaders
Goals Michel Goulet (55)
Assists Peter Stastny (68)
Points Peter Stastny (100)
Penalties in minutes Dale Hunter (209)
Plus/minus Bruce Bell (+32)
Wins Mario Gosselin (19)
Goals against average Mario Gosselin (3.34)
<1983–84 1985–86>

Offseason[edit]

The Nordiques had a pretty quiet off-season, as they looked to build off of their successful 1983-84 season. The club hired the recently retired Guy Lapointe as an assistant coach, while they also signed goaltender Richard Sevigny as a free agent from the Montreal Canadiens. Sevigny had a 16-18-2 record with a 3.38 GAA with Montreal in 1983-84.

Regular season[edit]

Quebec started the season off pretty slow, going only 3-6-1 in their first ten games, sitting in last place in the Adams Division. Quebec continued to play mediocre hockey for the majority of the first half of the season, as they had a 16-16-6 record after 38 games, battling with the Boston Bruins for third place in the division. The Nordiques played much better in the second half of the season, as they would battle with the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres for first in the division. Quebec finished the season with a 41-30-9 record, earning 91 points, and a second place finish, just three points behind the Canadiens.

Peter Stastny led the Nordiques offensively, leading the club with 100 points in 75 games, while Michel Goulet scored a team high 55 goals, while earning 95 points in 69 games. Anton Stastny had 38 goals and 80 points, while Dale Hunter scored 20 goals and 72 points, while accumulating a team high 209 penalty minutes. Brad Maxwell and Brent Ashton, acquired from the Minnesota North Stars in December, sparked the Nordiques, as Ashton had 51 points in 49 games, while Maxwell had 31 points in 50 games on the blueline.

In goal, Quebec was led by rookie Mario Gosselin, as he had a team high 19 wins with a team best 3.34 GAA in 35 games. Richard Sevigny had a 10-6-2 record with a 3.37 GAA in 20 games, while Dan Bouchard was 12-13-4 with a 3.49 GAA in 29 games.

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PIM PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 27 12 309 262 1464 94
Quebec Nordiques 80 41 30 9 323 275 1643 91
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 28 14 290 237 1221 90
Boston Bruins 80 36 34 10 303 287 1825 82
Hartford Whalers 80 30 41 9 268 318 1606 69

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1984 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 1–0–0
2 L October 13, 1984 2–7 @ Calgary Flames (1984–85) 1–1–0
3 L October 14, 1984 2–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 1–2–0
4 W October 17, 1984 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 2–2–0
5 L October 19, 1984 4–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 2–3–0
6 W October 20, 1984 12–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 3–3–0
7 L October 23, 1984 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 3–4–0
8 T October 26, 1984 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 3–4–1
9 L October 27, 1984 2–5 New York Rangers (1984–85) 3–5–1
10 L October 29, 1984 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 3–6–1
11 W October 31, 1984 5–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 4–6–1
12 L November 1, 1984 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1984–85) 4–7–1
13 W November 3, 1984 5–4 New York Islanders (1984–85) 5–7–1
14 W November 6, 1984 5–3 Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 6–7–1
15 L November 10, 1984 0–1 Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 6–8–1
16 L November 13, 1984 4–5 OT Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 6–9–1
17 W November 14, 1984 7–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 7–9–1
18 L November 16, 1984 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 7–10–1
19 W November 18, 1984 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 8–10–1
20 W November 20, 1984 3–2 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 9–10–1
21 W November 24, 1984 8–3 New York Rangers (1984–85) 10–10–1
22 W November 25, 1984 3–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 11–10–1
23 L November 27, 1984 2–9 Washington Capitals (1984–85) 11–11–1
24 W December 1, 1984 8–4 Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 12–11–1
25 T December 3, 1984 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (1984–85) 12–11–2
26 T December 6, 1984 1–1 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 12–11–3
27 W December 8, 1984 7–3 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 13–11–3
28 T December 9, 1984 4–4 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 13–11–4
29 L December 11, 1984 3–4 Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 13–12–4
30 T December 13, 1984 5–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1984–85) 13–12–5
31 L December 15, 1984 3–8 @ New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 13–13–5
32 L December 18, 1984 1–4 Washington Capitals (1984–85) 13–14–5
33 L December 20, 1984 4–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 13–15–5
34 W December 22, 1984 3–1 Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 14–15–5
35 W December 23, 1984 3–2 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 15–15–5
36 L December 27, 1984 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 15–16–5
37 W December 29, 1984 10–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 16–16–5
38 T December 31, 1984 4–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 16–16–6
39 W January 2, 1985 7–3 Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 17–16–6
40 W January 4, 1985 5–3 @ Washington Capitals (1984–85) 18–16–6
41 W January 5, 1985 8–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 19–16–6
42 L January 8, 1985 0–4 Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 19–17–6
43 W January 11, 1985 4–0 Calgary Flames (1984–85) 20–17–6
44 W January 13, 1985 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 21–17–6
45 L January 15, 1985 1–2 Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 21–18–6
46 W January 19, 1985 4–3 Boston Bruins (1984–85) 22–18–6
47 T January 22, 1985 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 22–18–7
48 W January 24, 1985 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 23–18–7
49 W January 25, 1985 4–2 Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 24–18–7
50 L January 27, 1985 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 24–19–7
51 L January 31, 1985 5–6 @ Boston Bruins (1984–85) 24–20–7
52 L February 2, 1985 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 24–21–7
53 W February 3, 1985 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 25–21–7
54 L February 7, 1985 4–5 Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 25–22–7
55 T February 9, 1985 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 25–22–8
56 W February 10, 1985 10–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 26–22–8
57 L February 14, 1985 3–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 26–23–8
58 W February 16, 1985 8–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 27–23–8
59 W February 17, 1985 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 28–23–8
60 W February 19, 1985 7–6 Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 29–23–8
61 L February 22, 1985 3–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 29–24–8
62 W February 23, 1985 7–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 30–24–8
63 W February 27, 1985 5–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 31–24–8
64 W March 2, 1985 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 32–24–8
65 W March 5, 1985 6–4 Boston Bruins (1984–85) 33–24–8
66 L March 8, 1985 3–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 33–25–8
67 T March 9, 1985 2–2 OT @ Calgary Flames (1984–85) 33–25–9
68 W March 13, 1985 8–0 Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 34–25–9
69 L March 15, 1985 2–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 34–26–9
70 W March 18, 1985 8–4 @ Boston Bruins (1984–85) 35–26–9
71 W March 21, 1985 5–1 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 36–26–9
72 L March 24, 1985 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 36–27–9
73 W March 26, 1985 4–3 Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 37–27–9
74 W March 28, 1985 4–2 New York Islanders (1984–85) 38–27–9
75 W March 30, 1985 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 39–27–9
76 L March 31, 1985 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 39–28–9
77 W April 2, 1985 6–4 Boston Bruins (1984–85) 40–28–9
78 L April 4, 1985 1–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 40–29–9
79 L April 6, 1985 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 40–30–9
80 W April 7, 1985 4–1 Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 41–30–9

Playoffs[edit]

The Nordiques opened the 1985 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a best of five Adams Division quarter-final series against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres finished the season in third place in the Adams Division with a 38-28-14 record, earning 90 points, one less than Quebec. The series began with two games at Le Colisee, and the Nordiques took care of business at home, winning the first game 5-2, followed by a close 3-2 victory in the second game to go up 2-0 in the series. The series moved to the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium for the third game, and the Sabres stayed alive in the series with a 6-4 win to cut the Nordiques series lead to 2-1. Buffalo easily handled the Nordiques in the fourth game at the Auditorium, winning 7-4, to even the series up at two games each, sending the series back to Quebec City for a fifth and deciding game. The Nordiques and Sabres played a very close game, with Quebec winning 6-5, to win the series and advance to the Division finals.

Quebec would face the Montreal Canadiens in the best of seven Division finals. The Canadiens had a 41-27-12 record during the regular season, earning 94 points and finishing in first place in the Adams Division, three points ahead of the Nordiques. Montreal eliminated the Boston Bruins in five games in the first round of the playoffs. The series opened with two games at the Montreal Forum, however, it was Quebec who struck first, winning the first game 2-1 in overtime, before the Canadiens evened the series with a 6-4 win in the second game. The series moved to Le Colisee for the next two games, and the Nordiques once again took the series lead, winning the third game 7-6 in overtime to go up 2-1 in the series. The Canadiens responded in the fourth game, defeating Quebec 3-1 in the fourth game to even the series up once again. In the fifth game in Montreal, the Nordiques came out flying, easily defeating the Canadiens 5-1 to take a 3-2 series lead, and game six moving back to Quebec City. In the sixth game, the Canadiens fought off elimination, defeating the Nordiques 5-2 to once again tie the series, forcing a seventh and deciding game at the Montreal Forum. In a very close game, the Nordiques and Canadiens were tied 2-2 after regulation time, forcing overtime, and in the extra period, Peter Stastny scored the series clinching goal as Quebec stunned the Canadiens with a 3-2 victory, advancing to the Wales Conference finals for the second time in four seasons.

The Nordiques would face off against the Philadelphia Flyers in the best of seven Conference finals. The Flyers had the best record in the NHL, as they had a 53-20-7 record, earning 113 points, winning the Patrick Division by twelve points over the second place Washington Capitals. In the playoffs, Philadelphia swept the New York Rangers in three games, before defeating the New York Islanders in five games in the division finals. Since the Adams Division had a better record against the Patrick Division, the Nordiques would have home ice advantage. The series began with two games at Le Colisee, as the Nordiques won a tough defensive battle in overtime by a score of 2-1 to take an early series lead. The Flyers evened the series with a 4-2 win in the second game. The series moved over to the Spectrum in Philadelphia, and the Flyers took a 2-1 series lead with another 4-2 victory in the third game. The Nordiques rebounded in the fourth game at the Spectrum, silencing the Flyers with a 5-3 win to even the series up at two wins each. The fifth game was played back in Quebec City, and the defensively tight Flyers squeaked out a 2-1 victory in the fifth game to return home with a 3-2 series lead. Philadelphia dominated the Nordiques in the sixth game, outshooting Quebec 36-15, en route to a 3-0 to win the series and advance to the 1985 Stanley Cup Finals.

Quebec Nordiques 3, Buffalo Sabres 2[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 10 Buffalo Sabres 2–5 Quebec Nordiques 1-0
2 April 11 Buffalo Sabres 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 2-0
3 April 13 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 Buffalo Sabres 2-1
4 April 14 Quebec Nordiques 4–7 Buffalo Sabres 2-2
5 April 16 Buffalo Sabres 5–6 Quebec Nordiques 3-2

Quebec Nordiques 4, Montreal Canadiens 3[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 18 Quebec Nordiques 2–1 Montreal Canadiens 1-0
2 April 21 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 Montreal Canadiens 1-1
3 April 23 Montreal Canadiens 6–7 Quebec Nordiques 2-1
4 April 25 Montreal Canadiens 3–1 Quebec Nordiques 2-2
5 April 27 Quebec Nordiques 5–1 Montreal Canadiens 3-2
6 April 30 Montreal Canadiens 5–2 Quebec Nordiques 3-3
7 May 2 Quebec Nordiques 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 4-3

Philadelphia Flyers 4, Quebec Nordiques 2[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 May 5 Philadelphia Flyers 1–2 Quebec Nordiques 1-0
2 May 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4–2 Quebec Nordiques 1-1
3 May 9 Quebec Nordiques 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers 1-2
4 May 12 Quebec Nordiques 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers 2-2
5 May 14 Philadelphia Flyers 2–1 Quebec Nordiques 2-3
6 May 16 Quebec Nordiques 0–3 Philadelphia Flyers 2-4

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny C 75 32 68 100 95 23 7 1 9
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 69 55 40 95 55 10 17 0 6
Stastny, AntonAnton Stastny LW 79 38 42 80 30 18 9 0 3
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 80 20 52 72 209 23 3 3 3
Ashton, BrentBrent Ashton LW 49 27 24 51 38 18 6 1 2
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 68 23 28 51 165 12 2 1 4
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 76 6 37 43 91 2 2 0 0
Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis C 77 14 28 42 168 12 0 0 3
Sauve, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Sauve C 64 13 29 42 21 11 8 0 1
Bell, BruceBruce Bell D 75 6 31 37 44 32 2 0 1
Cote, AlainAlain Cote LW 80 13 22 35 31 12 1 1 0
Maxwell, BradBrad Maxwell D 50 7 24 31 119 22 1 0 1
Moller, RandyRandy Moller D 79 7 22 29 120 29 0 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 68 1 26 27 118 17 0 0 0
Rochefort, NormandNormand Rochefort D 73 3 21 24 74 12 1 0 1
Lemieux, AlainAlain Lemieux C 30 11 11 22 12 -1 2 0 2
McKegney, TonyTony McKegney LW 30 12 9 21 12 2 1 3 1
Stastny, MarianMarian Stastny RW 50 7 14 21 4 1 0 0 1
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 35 9 10 19 8 -3 1 1 1
Kumpel, MarkMark Kumpel RW 42 8 7 15 26 4 1 0 0
Gaulin, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Gaulin RW 22 3 3 6 8 2 0 0 0
Berglund, BoBo Berglund RW 12 4 1 5 6 2 0 0 1
Dufour, LucLuc Dufour LW 30 2 3 5 27 -5 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 25 0 4 4 54 3 0 0 0
Loob, PeterPeter Loob D 8 1 2 3 0 5 0 0 0
Sleigher, LouisLouis Sleigher RW 6 1 2 3 0 -1 0 0 1
Bouchard, DanDan Bouchard G 29 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Wesley, BlakeBlake Wesley D 21 0 2 2 28 -2 0 0 0
Donnelly, GordGord Donnelly D 22 0 0 0 33 1 0 0 0
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 36 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Groulx, WayneWayne Groulx C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hagglund, RogerRoger Hagglund D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Julien, ClaudeClaude Julien D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lee, EdEd Lee RW 2 0 0 0 5 -4 0 0 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 20 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw D 14 0 0 0 11 -5 0 0 0
Vautour, YvonYvon Vautour RW 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 1960 35 19 11 3 109 3.34 1
Bouchard, DanDan Bouchard 1738 29 12 13 4 101 3.49 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 1104 20 10 6 2 62 3.37 1
Team: 4802 80 41 30 9 272 3.40 2
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny C 18 4 19 23 24 1 1 0 2
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 17 11 10 21 17 3 7 0 0
Maxwell, BradBrad Maxwell D 18 2 9 11 35 5 1 0 0
Ashton, BrentBrent Ashton LW 18 6 4 10 13 -6 1 1 1
Cote, AlainAlain Cote LW 18 5 5 10 11 5 0 0 1
Sauve, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Sauve C 18 5 5 10 8 -6 2 0 0
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 17 4 6 10 97 0 0 1 2
Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis C 18 1 7 8 73 1 0 0 0
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 18 0 8 8 12 -9 0 0 0
Kumpel, MarkMark Kumpel RW 18 3 4 7 4 4 0 0 1
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 18 4 2 6 58 -4 0 0 0
Lemieux, AlainAlain Lemieux C 14 3 3 6 0 2 2 0 0
Stastny, AntonAnton Stastny LW 16 3 3 6 6 -3 1 0 1
Bell, BruceBruce Bell D 16 2 2 4 21 -2 1 0 0
Moller, RandyRandy Moller D 18 2 2 4 40 3 1 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 17 0 4 4 51 4 0 0 0
Rochefort, NormandNormand Rochefort D 18 2 1 3 8 2 0 0 1
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 17 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Wesley, BlakeBlake Wesley D 6 1 0 1 8 -1 0 0 0
Bouchard, DanDan Bouchard G 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Gaulin, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Gaulin RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hough, MikeMike Hough LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 13 0 0 0 41 1 0 0 0
Stastny, MarianMarian Stastny RW 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 1059 17 9 8 54 3.06 0
Bouchard, DanDan Bouchard 60 1 0 1 7 7.00 0
Team: 1119 18 9 9 61 3.27 0

[2]

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

The Nordiques were involved in the following transactions during the 1984-85 season.

Trades[edit]

June 26, 1984 To St. Louis Blues
Cash
To Quebec Nordiques
Dan Wood
Richard Zemlak
July 6, 1984 To Detroit Red Wings
Frantisek Cernik
To Quebec Nordiques
Cash
October 25, 1984 To Boston Bruins
Louis Sleigher
To Quebec Nordiques
Luc Dufour
4th round pick in 1985 - Peter Massey
December 6, 1984 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Brian Ford
To Quebec Nordiques
Tom Thornbury
December 14, 1984 To Minnesota North Stars
Tony McKegney
Bo Berglund
To Quebec Nordiques
Brad Maxwell
Brent Ashton
January 29, 1985 To St. Louis Blues
Luc Dufour
To Quebec Nordiques
Alain Lemieux

Waivers[edit]

October 9, 1984 To New York Rangers
Andre Dore
October 9, 1984 To Hartford Whalers
Wally Weir
January 25, 1985 To New Jersey Devils
Michel Bolduc

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Richard Sevigny Montreal Canadiens
Player New Team
Rick Lapointe Los Angeles Kings

Roster[edit]

1984-85 Quebec Nordiques
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picks[edit]

Quebec's draft picks from the 1984 NHL Entry Draft which was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 15 Trevor Stienburg  Canada Guelph Platers (OHL)
2 36 Jeff Brown  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
3 57 Steven Finn  Canada Laval Voisins (QMJHL )
4 78 Terry Perkins  Canada Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
6 120 Darren Cota  Canada Kelowna Wings (WHL)
7 141 Henrik Cedergren  Sweden Brynäs IF Gävle (Sweden)
8 162 Jyrki Maki  Finland Simley High School (USHS)
9 183 Guy Ouellette  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
10 203 Ken Quinney  Canada Calgary Wranglers (WHL)
12 244 Peter Loob  Sweden Södertälje SK (Sweden)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1984-85 Quebec Nordiques Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 

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