Sunday, 14 April 2013

Today in Habs History: April 14th Edition


Maurice Richard holds the Stanley Cup for that last time as an active player. (Photo: CHC)


On April 14, 1960 Jean Beliveau scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens became the first, and to this day the only team to win five consecutive Stanley Cup Championships, with a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the Canadiens 12th Cup victory.


Jacques Plante made 30 saves to record his 10th career playoff shutout, and his third of the playoffs, as Montreal swept through the playoffs in eight straight games.


Beliveau and Henri Richard would share the playoff scoring title, with 12 points each.


Below is some video footage from that night. The first clip is the final minute of play in the game, where the Leafs attempt to at least break the shutout. Following that is a post-game interviews by Rene Lecavalier with coach Toe Blake and Maurice Richard.


The third YouTube comes from the series “Great Hockey Classics,” and features colour highlights from the series, and a look back, 28 years later, featuring commentary from Maurice and Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, Floyd Curry, Dickie Moore,  Dollard St. Laurent and Phil Goyette.


The last minute of play in Game Four of the 1960 Stanley Cup Finals


Maurice Richard and Toe Blake post-game after winning their fifth straight Stanley Cup.




The end of the playoffs also marked the last NHL game for Maurice Richard, who would retire during training camp later that fall.


Robert Lefebvre’s look back at the 1960 Cup victory, featuring newspaper accounts and more video, and Joe Pelletier breaks down the roster.


Also on this day..


1931: George Hainsworth shut out the Chicago Black Hawks 2-0 (his 6th career playoff shutout) as the Montreal Canadiens became the second NHL team to win a Stanley Cup championship in consecutive seasons.

Montreal won the series in five games, with Game Two and Game Three going to double and triple overtime respectively. Game Three remains the longest game in Stanely Cup Finals history.


1951: Maurice Richard scored the winning goal at 2:55 of overtime and added an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 playoff win over the Maple Leafs, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals.


1953: Richard extended his playoff record with his fourth career hat trick to lead the Canadiens to a 7-3 win over the Boston Bruins. The win gave Montreal a 3-1 lead in the best of seven final series.


1988: Stephane Richer scored twice in the first period and the Canadiens held on to win 2-1 over the Hartford Whalers, in Game 6 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.


Habs Born On This Day: Sylvio Mantha (1902), Jimmy Haggarty (1914), Paul Mesnick (1931),  Dave Allison (1959), Alain Cote (1967)



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