Friday, 10 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 10th Edition

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Henri Richard carries off his 11th Stanley Cup (photo: Sports Illustrated)



On this day in 1973, the Montreal  Canadiens defeat the Chicago Black Hawks 6-4 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final for their 18th Stanley Cup.


Yvan Cournoyer scored the winning goal and added two assists in the game. “The Roadrunner,” had 15 goals (then an NHL record)  and 10 assists in 17 playoff games and was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Cournoyer and Jacques Lemaire each had 12 points in the Finals, tying Gordie Howe’s NHL record from 1955. The record would stand for 15 years when Wayne Gretzky eclipsed the mark in 1988.


It was Henri Richard’s 11th Stanley Cup as a player, and his first and only as a captain of the Canadiens. It would be the first of six Stanley Cups for Larry Robinson and the first of five for Guy Lafleur. It was also Scotty Bowman’s first Cup as head coach of  the Canadiens.



The series was far from a goalies duel, with both teams scoring a combined 56 goals in the seven games, including an NHL record of 15 in Game Five.



A video and photo compilation was put together by Francis Bouchard, looking back at the historic evening.


The Canadiens win their 18th Stanley Cup, May 10, 1973.


Also on this day…



1938: Toe Blake scored a hat trick as the Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4, in an exhibition game at Earlscourt, England.



1940: The Canadiens acquire Murph Chamberlain from the Toronto Maples Leafs for $7500.



1977: Ken Dryden recorded his 4th shutout of the 1977 playoffs (and the 8th of his playoff career), and Steve Shutt scored a goal and added two assists as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals



1979: The Canadiens defeat the Bruins 5-4 in overtime, in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. The Bruins were caught with too many men on the ice late in the third, while holding a 4-3 lead. Guy Lafleur tied the game in the period and Yvon Lambert scored the winner at 9:33 of overtime. You can read more on it here.




2010: Mike Cammalleri scored two goals and Andrei Kistitsyn had two assists in Montreal’s 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Game Six of the Easter Conferecne Semi-Finals.



Habs Born on This Day: Charlie Phillips (1917)



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