The 1976-77 Stanley Cup Champions (photo: hhof.com)
1977: Jacques Lemaire scored twice, including the winner at 4:32 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 win at Boston in Game 4 of the Finals. Montreal won the 1977 Stanley Cup in four games, their 20th Stanley Cup championship.
Guy Lafleur had 26 points in 14 playoff games, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. Lafleur had the assist on the tying goal, after the Bruins’ Dallas Smith tried to kick the puck out of the corner and put it right out to Le Demon Blond.
Acting captain Serge Savard accepted the Cup from Clarence Campbell, while the injured Yvan Cournoyer celebrated on the ice in his civies. The Boston Garden crowd applauded as Savard skated around the ice with the Cup.
Below are some highlights (Radio Canada telecast) via YouTube. You’ll notice that Bruins’ Gerry Cheevers and Gary Doak leave the ice immediatley, not even staying to congratulate their opponents.
Also on This Day:
1927: The Canadiens donated the "Vezina Memorial Trophy" to the NHL in memory of Georges Vezina. The trophy was to be presented to the goaltender with the best goals-against average.
1965: Jean Beliveau was named the winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy (as the NHL's MVP) for the second time in his career.
1987: The Canadiens acquire Alfie Turcotte from the Edmonton Oilers in a cash deal.
Habs Born on This Day: Lorne “Gump” Worsley, Ed Cristofoli (1967)