Saturday, 18 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 18th Edition


Ken Dryden poses with the Conn Smythe Trophy, during the Stanley Cup Parade in 1971. The Canadiens won the series in seven games.  (Photo: Denis Brodeur/CHC)



A year after missing the playoffs in 1970, the Montreal Canadiens claimed their 17th Stanley Cup, on this day in 1971. Montreal defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2 in Game Seven of the Finals.



Henri Richard scored two goals for the Canadiens, including the second Cup-winning goals of his career, while rookie goaltender Ken Dryden was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy. Frank Mahovlich set a team record with 27 points in the playoffs.


It was the swan song for captain Jean Beliveau, who retired following the playoffs, winning his 10th Cup as a player and fifth as team captain.


Below is some video footage, put together by Francis Bouchard, as you can read more on the game in an article we collaborated on together in 2011.





Also on This Day…


1986: Brian Skrudland scored the fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup playoff history (just :09 into the game) to give Montreal a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals.



1993: Stephan Lebeau scored twice, including the winner at 26:21 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 playoff win over the New York Islanders in Game 2 of the Wales Conference Finals. It was Montreal's sixth straight OT victory.



Habs Born on This Day: John Chabot (1962), Turner Stevenson (1972), Lars Eller (1989)



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