Thursday, 18 April 2013

Today in Habs History: April 18th Edition

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Photo: HHOF

 

1959: The Montreal Canadiens became the first team ever to win four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships, with a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Five of the Finals.

 

With Jean Beliveau and Maurice Richard out with injuries, rookie Ralph Backstrom stepped up and led the scoring with a goal and three assists. Three of his four points came in the first period.

 

It was the Canadiens’ 11th Stanley Cup Championship.

 

A couple video clips of the HNIC telecast (put together by Francis Bouchard) feature game highlights and a brief segment of the players celebrating their victory.

 

 

A detailed look at the ‘59 Cup run from Robert Lefebvre and another from Joe Pelletier.

 

Also on this day…

 

1968: Yvan Cournoyer scored twice and added two assists and Gilles Tremblay had a goal and three assists in the Canadiens' 9-2 win against the Chicago Black Hawks, in Game One of the Stanely Cup Semi-Finals. Jean Beliveau picked up two assists to move him ahead of Detriot's Alex Delvecchio into second place on the all-time playoff assist list with 69, only 22 shy of Gordie Howe's then NHL record.

 

1979:  Guy Lafleur scored a goal and added three assists as Montreal won 5-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals.

 

1984: Steve Penney recorded his second career playoff shutout in the Canadiens' 4-0 win over the Quebec Nordiques, in Game 5 of the Adams Division Finals.

 

2002: Donald Audette scored his first career playoff hat trick (in his first playoff game with Montreal) and Saku Koivu had three assists in the Canadiens 5-2 win against the Bruins, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Cliff Pennington (1940), Oleg Petrov (1971)

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