Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Today in Habs History: April 24th Edition

Beliveau-69winner (2)

1969: Jean Beliveau (pictured) scored at 11:28  of the second overtime period for the only overtime goal of his playoff career to give Montreal a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. The win clinched the Stanley Cup Semi-Final Series four games to two.

"I thought we'd lost possession," Beliveau said following the game. "I turned back ready to head for our own end and then I saw Joe (Provost) come up with the puck.

"It was a perfect pass from that old guy over there," he joked, pointing in the direction of Provost, two years his junior. "I gave a little yell and the puck was there. I had no time to think or make a fancy shot. I just let it go and it went in."

Beliveau also picked up an assist on the night. Goaltender Rogie Vachon made 50 saves against the Bruins.

Francis Bouchard was able to provide a clip of the winning goal.

Jean Beliveau scores on Gerry Cheevers in game Six of the ‘69 Semi Finals

Also on this Day…

1984: Steve Penney recorded his third career playoff shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the New York Islanders, in Game 1 of the Wales Conference Finals.

1987: Shayne Corson scored a goal and added two assists, and Larry Robinson, Claude Lemieux and Kjell Dahlin each had three assists as the Canadiens won 7-2 against the Quebec Nordiques, in Game 3 of the Adams Division Finals.

1993: Benoit Brunet scored 1:07 into the third period to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Nordiques, in Game 4 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals. The win tied the series at two games apiece.

1997: Montreal extended their NHL record to 13 straight playoff overtime wins when Patrice Brisebois scored at 7:37 of the third overtime for the Canadiens' 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals. Jose Theodore set an Stanley Cup record (later broken) for most saves in a goaltender's first playoff start, with 56.

2006: Michael Ryder scores at 2:32 of the second overtime to give the Canadiens a 6-5 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

Habs Born on This Day: Phil Watson (1914), Dave Maley (1963)

“Beliveau's only OT goal buried Bruins” The Montreal Gazette, April 24, 2011

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